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Imprint Content 34 Porsche launches cars with biocomposites 32 Bacteriostatic PLA compound for 3D printingz Jul/Aug 04|2021 3 Editorial 5 News 22 Cover Story 32 Application News 54 Basics 56 10 years ago 57 Brand-Owner 58 Suppliers Guide 62 Companies in this issue Publisher / Editorial Dr. Michael Thielen (MT) Alex Thielen (AT) Samuel Brangenberg (SB) Head Office Polymedia Publisher GmbH Dammer Str. 112 41066 Mönchengladbach, Germany phone: +49 (0)2161 6884469 fax: +49 (0)2161 6884468 Media Adviser Samsales (German language) phone: +49(0)2161-6884467 fax: +49(0)2161 6884468 Michael Thielen (English Language) (see head office) Layout/Production Kerstin Neumeister Print Poligrāfijas grupa Mūkusala Ltd. 1004 Riga, Latvia bioplastics MAGAZINE is printed on chlorine-free FSC certified paper. Print run: 3300 copies Toy news 8 Ocean Barbie 8 Mattel PlayBack - recycling/toys Events 10 bio!TOY 28 PHA World Congress 38 bio!PAC Toys 12 Game changer 14 Sustainability in the toy industry 18 Sustainable fleece and faux-fur 19 Commitment to sustainable toys 20 Sustainable toys from Sweden 21 Lego bricks made from recycled PET bottles Thermoforming 24 Sustainable Packaging made of natural fibres 26 Microalgae for thermoformed packaging 27 Chitosan keeps strawberries fresh Applications 30 Sustainable adhesive tapes 36 Plant protection made by competitive 3D printing From Science & Research 35 It depends where it ends 44 Catalysis - key for sustainable production Carbon Capture 40 A change of tune for the chemical industry 42 Climate-friendly polyols and polyurethanes from CO 2 and clean hydrogen Additives 48 Biomimetics hold the key to the future of multiuse plastics 50 Green additivation Processing 24 Sustainable Packaging made of natural fibres 52 Improved coextrusion 53 Think big, build small bioplastics magazine Volume 16 - 2021 ISSN 1862-5258 bM is published 6 times a year. This publication is sent to qualified subscribers (169 Euro for 6 issues). bioplastics MAGAZINE is read in 92 countries. Every effort is made to verify all Information published, but Polymedia Publisher cannot accept responsibility for any errors or omissions or for any losses that may arise as a result. All articles appearing in bioplastics MAGAZINE, or on the website are strictly covered by copyright. No part of this publication may be reproduced, copied, scanned, photographed and/or stored in any form, including electronic format, without the prior consent of the publisher. Opinions expressed in articles do not necessarily reflect those of Polymedia Publisher. bioplastics MAGAZINE welcomes contributions for publication. Submissions are accepted on the basis of full assignment of copyright to Polymedia Publisher GmbH unless otherwise agreed in advance and in writing. We reserve the right to edit items for reasons of space, clarity or legality. Please contact the editorial office via The fact that product names may not be identified in our editorial as trade marks is not an indication that such names are not registered trade marks. bioplastics MAGAZINE tries to use British spelling. However, in articles based on information from the USA, American spelling may also be used. Envelopes A part of this print run is mailed to the readers wrapped bioplastic envelopes sponsored by BIOTEC Biologische Naturverpackungen GmbH & Co. KG, Emmerich, Germany Cover-Ad Great River Plastic Manufacturer Co., Ltd. Follow us on twitter: Like us on Facebook:

LyondellBasell and Neste cooperate LyondellBasell and Neste recently announced a long-term commercial agreement under which LyondellBasell will source Neste RE, a feedstock from Neste that has been produced from 100 % renewable feedstock from biobased sources, such as waste, residue oils, and fats. This feedstock will be processed through the cracker at LyondellBasell’s Wesseling, Germany, plant into polymers and sold under the CirculenRenew brand name. “We are delighted that our strategic relationship with LyondellBasell is further strengthened with this long-term commercial agreement. (...) We made history together by joining forces in 2019 in the world’s first commercial-scale production of biobased polypropylene and biobased polyethylene with verified renewable content,” says Mercedes Alonso, Executive Vice President, Renewable Polymers and Chemicals at Neste. Through their collaboration, Neste and LyondellBasell are jointly contributing to the development of the European market for more sustainable polymers and chemicals solutions. By ensuring continuity with significant industrial-scale volumes of renewable polymers produced with renewable feedstock from biobased sources, the companies wish to enable sustainability-focused brands to develop more sustainable products and offerings. In April 2021, LyondellBasell launched the Circulen family of products. LyondellBasell’s CirculenRenew product line consists of polymers linked to renewable-based feedstocks, while polymers made from mechanically recycled materials are marketed under the brand name CirculenRecover and those linked to advanced (molecular) recycling are called CirculenRevive. MT Danimer production capacity Bioplastics producer Danimer Scientific recently announced the successful completion of debottlenecking initiatives within its Winchester, Kentucky, USA, manufacturing facility. The company will now be able to accelerate production of Nodax, its proprietary polyhydroxyalkanoate (PHA) towards its expectation of reaching 100 % of the facility’s current annual run rate capacity of 9000 tonnes (20 million pounds) of Nodax-based resins by the end of 2021. “As expected, we have completed our debottlenecking initiatives on time, which will enable us to significantly scale up production from previous levels,” said Danimer Scientific CEO Stephen Croskrey. “After taking steps to optimize our processes and equipment, the facility was brought back online in late May, and we used early June to confirm that both fermentation and downstream processing of our material is running at the projected levels, which are higher than before these initiatives. We look forward to delivering the high volumes of PHA our partners and customers need to create products that will help reduce the environmental impacts of plastics waste.” Nodax is a PHA produced through natural fermentation processes using plant oil from crops such as canola. The material is certified to degrade in a variety of environments at the end of its lifecycle, including industrial composting facilities, backyard compost units, and soil and marine environments. It can be used in a wide range of applications from drinking straws and flexible packaging to disposable cups and cutlery. “With our Winchester facility primed to reach the height of its current capacity, we can further focus on expanding the facility over the next year,” said Danimer Scientific COO Michael Smith. “As previously noted, the second phase of our construction process is ongoing, and we continue to expect the expansion to come online in the second quarter of 2022. We look forward to continuing our work to deliver sustainable solutions for the world’s plastic waste crisis.” MT News daily updated News at Picks & clicks Most frequently clicked news Here’s a look at our most popular online content of the past two months. The story that got the most clicks from the visitors to was: EC Commission stands firm: PHA is a non-natural polymer (03 June April 2021) The Final Guidelines to Directive (EU) 2019/904, known as the Single Use Plastics Directive (SUPD), struck a blow to Europe’s PHA industry by qualifying PHA as a non-natural polymer. In response, GO!PHA, the global organization for PHA, has issued a statement, in which it calls the inclusion of polyhydroxyalkanoates in the Directive inconsistent with both the law and science. The organisation expresses its disappointment in this news. bioplastics MAGAZINE [04/21] Vol. 16 5

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