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Editorial dear readers A few days ago, I visited FACHPACK, an international trade show for the packaging industry held annually in Germany. There was no doubt about this year’s key theme: I was overwhelmed by the wall-to-wall claims of sustainability that bedecked the show. In fact, greenwashing was a suspicion that sprang to mind. Everything was labelled as being sustainable or recyclable - just two of the buzzwords conspicuously being brandished at almost all the booths. Clearly, the concept of sustainability had arrived, at least in the marketing departmentsalthough not yet in the R&D departments, it would seem. Products that actually incorporated recycled content, especially PCR (post consumer recyclates), were very thin on the ground. Plus, if products are recyclable, but don’t actually get recycled, the benefits in terms of sustainability are zero. On the other hand, recycling plastics is not as easy as, for instance, recycling glass, metal or paper, as Remy Jongboom points out in his comment on page 40. Next to providing news and information on materials and applications, we also report on the latest innovations and ongoing advances in the world of bioplastics. As usual, we’re presenting some highlight topics in this issue. The first is Barrier solutions, a topic that is drawing more and more attention, as bioplastics find increasing application in the packaging of food and other sensitive goods. The other highlight is Fibers/Textiles/Nonwovens, which also includes spun monofilaments, for example, for medical applications. The third hot topic is the triennial K-show, the world’s leading trade fair for plastics and rubber. Please find our show preview, including a detachable Show Guide with floorplan in the center of the magazine. An important, not-to-be missed event during K 2019 is our 4 th Bioplastics Business Breakfast. It’s never too late to register for these mini conferences that will take place on October 17-18-19 and 20. We also accept on-site registrations. The BBB will be held on each of the four days from 8am-12:30pm, in the CCD-Ost on the fairgrounds. See pp 10-11 for details. We hope to see you at the K show and perhaps also later, at the 14 th European Bioplastics Conference, which is being hosted this year on December 3-4 in Berlin. At the conference, we will be presenting the annual Global Bioplastics Award to one of the five finalists shown on pp.14-15. Until then, enjoy reading bioplastics MAGAZINE. Sincerely yours Michael Thielen EcoComunicazione.it WWW.MATERBI.COM r1_05.2017 05/05/17 11:39 bioplastics MAGAZINE Vol. 14 ISSN 1862-5258 Preview: Highlights Fibers / Textiles / Nonwovens | 16 Barrier Materials | 38 Sep / Oct Cover Story Lightweighting PBAT based materials Jinhui Zhaolong 05 | 2019 ... is read in 92 countries Follow us on twitter! www.twitter.com/bioplasticsmag Like us on Facebook! www.facebook.com/bioplasticsmagazine bioplastics MAGAZINE [05/19] Vol. 14 3
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