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Issue 04/2016

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GO GREEN. STAY WARM. Dealing more responsibly with resources will contribute to save our environment for the following generations. Hugo Frosch is aware of this responsibility and has worked from the very beginning to develop products which have a positive ecological balance. The result: 50 % less material is used for the production of Hugo Frosch’s eco hot water bottles compared to conventional hot water bottles, and energy savings of about 60 % are thereby achieved. Additionally the technically innovative and patented eco hot water bottle is produced from over 90 % renewable resources. Inside and outside organic: The eco hot water bottles mainly consist of polyethylene based on sugarcane and contain no plasticizers (phthalates), furthermore they are inserted in organic cotton covers from certifi ed organic farming (kbA).

Editorial dear readers Summer has finally arrived – and about time, as well! Most of us in Northern Europe waited long enough for it to come this year. And now, to top it off, the August issue of bioplastics MAGAZINE has now also arrived. We seem to have hit the jackpot when we chose Toys as the first highlight of this issue. I must admit that I was overwhelmed, when I saw the number of articles contributed on this topic. Next to packaging, toys are apparently becoming the second biggest area of application for bioplastics, as parents increasingly recognize the benefits of natural based products, free of phthalates, BPA and the like. What is more, they also seem willing to pay a little extra for toys that are better for their offspring and that are produced more sustainably. ISSN 1862-5258 Highlights Blow Moulding | 12 Toys | 22 Basics Additives | 38 July/August 04 | 2016 The second highlight topic is Blow Moulding or Bottle Applications, where we report on a new development that I saw at Chinaplas this spring for the first time. The application is one that you would normally not expect: a bottle made from WPC. The topic of the Basics section in this issue is Additives. Most plastics, whether biobased or made from oil, need to be compounded with additives before being processed into final parts. Additives for bioplastics are an important area of development, especially in view of such sensitive and important applications as toys and packaging. It’s also time to look ahead to October of this year. The K-Show, the world’s biggest trade fair for the plastics and rubber industry, is being held in Düsseldorf, Germany from 19 to 26 October. In our next issue, we will provide a comprehensive preview, including a show guide complete with a floor plan. Come and visit us in hall 7a, booth B10, where we will also celebrate a small Birthday Party for our 10 th anniversary this year. Once again, we will also be organizing our Bioplastics Business Breakfasts at K’2016 from October 20 to 22. For more information and the complete programme, see pp 10 – 11. Finally, I’d like to encourage all of you to submit proposals for the next Global Bioplastics Award (for details, see page 51). This year marks the 11 th anniversary of the Bioplastics Oskar, which will be presented to the winner of the Award during the 11 th European Bioplastics Conference on November 29 th in Berlin, Germany. We hope to see you at the K-Show… until then, enjoy the summer – and of course, have a great time reading bioplastics MAGAZINE. bioplastics MAGAZINE Vol. 11 ... is read in 92 countries Follow us on twitter! Sincerely yours Like us on Facebook! Michael Thielen bioplastics MAGAZINE [04/16] Vol. 11 3

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