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Application News The Pro-crate Dutch Water Tech (Bergen op Zoom, The Netherlands) has partnered with bioplastics producer Rodenburg Biopolymers (Oosterhout, NL) and injection molding specialist Omefa (Nieuwkoop, NL) to develop and commercialize a crate structure designed to promote plant growth by protecting young plants from being eaten by waterfowl and fish. The three parties invested jointly in a new mould, with financial support from the West- Brabant regional development company Rewin. The Challenge Marginal plants and submerged plants have a positive effect on water quality, as they store nutrients and add oxygen. These plants prevent ponds from colonization by algae, cyanobacteria and flab. However, these plants are also on the menu of waterfowl and fish. The three partners therefore established this project with as goal to protect these plants against their natural enemies, to keep the water in the ponds naturally clean. The approach To that end, biopolymer crate structures made from starch-based Solanyl material were designed. The structures protect the vulnerable young shoots of the aquatic plants, allowing the plants to develop undisturbed until they are strong and numerous enough to survive. Made of bioplastic, the structure will lose its function after a few years and will start degrading. This means that it will not need to be removed and that it will do no long term harm to the environment. The solution The modular design of the crate structures makes them suitable for any type of setting. The crates can also be customized to meet the challenges of the specific environment. In addition to these crate structures, Dutch Water Tech also supplies and handles the planting of marginal plants and submerged aquatic plants. Several species that are on the red list of threatened species are available, meaning that the EU Water Framework Directive (WFD) objectives are within reach. MT www.biopolymers.nl Nature grip HEINRICH KIPP WERK (Sulz am Neckar, Germany) recently presented their new NATURE grip screw handles providing an environmentally friendly alternative to the existing product range. For the production of these grips exclusively renewable raw materials are being used. With the sales launch of the new Nature grip product line, Heinrich Kipp Werk is showing that quality and sustainability are by no means mutually exclusive. All screw handles (such as star grips, mushroom knobs, knurled knops, spherical knobs etc.) made from the bioplastic material show the wellknown outstanding functionality and good mechanical strength with at least two-fold safety. The bioplastic compound is an environmentally friendly alternative to oil-based plastics, and ensures independence from fossil resources. The matrix consists of a proprietary, completely renewably sourced glucose based blend with additional additives, while the wood fibres originate 100 % from sustainably managed German forests and are PEFC certified. The grip pieces are fully recyclable and are strongly resistant to acids and lyes. The knobs are available either in black or gray in a special timber design with exposed wood fibres. MT www.kipp.com/gb/en/NATURE-grip.html 28 bioplastics MAGAZINE [05/16] Vol. 11

Plant-based packaging for smartphone case Cluster Neue Werkstoffe Vancouver, Canada-based Solegear Bioplastic Technologies Inc. and r-pac International, a leading global supplier of retail packaging, recently announced a replenishment order from r-pac International Solegear’s proprietary TF4000 bioplastic will be used for the production of additional smartphone case packaging to support an upcoming launch at a leading US-based consumer electronics retailer. This order represents a forecast of 600,000 smartphone case packages to be produced by r-pac from Solegear’s plant-based bioplastic with delivery commencing this fall. biopolymere. 5. Kooperationsforum mit Fachausstellung “Following an initial launch of plant-based smartphone case packaging last fall, this latest order represents an ongoing commitment from the retailer to meet demand from consumers for more sustainable products and packaging,” said Paul Antoniadis, CEO of Solegear. “Our collaborative partnership with r-pac International means that we continue to develop packaging materials that meet real-world performance and manufacturing requirements for Fortune 500 brands, and these solutions are resulting in long-term customer relationships and commitments.” Solegear’s Traverse TF4000 is a USDA BioPreferred packaging material with independently verified plantbased content and enhanced thermal properties. Designed as a drop-in replacement for petroleum-based plastic packaging, TF4000 can be readily processed in standard thermoforming equipment and contains no BPAs, phthalates or other chemicals of concern. “Delivering innovative solutions is key to nurturing long-term partnerships with our clients,” stated Michael Teitelbaum, CEO of r-pac. “Through our continued collaboration with Solegear, we have been able to execute on this goal with industryleading plant-based plastic packaging without sacrificing logistic or brand performance.” KL www.solegear.ca BILDNACHWEIS fotolia/Sarikhani Joseph-von-Fraunhofer-Halle Straubing, 15. November 2016 ANMELDUNG www.bayern-innovativ.de/biopolymere2016 bioplastics MAGAZINE [05/16] Vol. 11 29

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