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Issue 05/2020

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Content Imprint 34 Porsche launches cars with biocomposites 32 Bacteriostatic PLA compound for 3D printingz Sep / Oct 05|2020 3 Editorial 5 News 14 Breaking News 38 Application News 47 Material News 52 Basics 54 Patents 56 Brand Owner 57 10 years ago 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: 3,300 copies Events 10 2 nd PHA platform World Congress 10 4 th bio!PAC Fibers & Textiles 16 Innovative biobased fabrics for fashion and athleisure + ISCC certified 18 Future study EcoJacket 19 Biobased UHMWPE fibres 20 Biobased non-woven pads for corrosion protection Recycling 22 Give bioplastics waste a new life 36 Large scale commercial service Report 24 Green Premium On-Site 26 Photanol Regulatory Affairs 47 FDA Authorized ? Polyurethanes/ Elastomers 30 Algae-based PU-foam biodegrades in the environment 31 New bio-adhesives 32 Expanded range of biobased TPE 34 Biobased prepolymer for PU elastomers 35 Eco-Friendly Polyols / Expanded TPV portfolio International 37 bioplastics MAGAZINE goes Poland Materials 21 Pilot plant for bio-based packaging foam 43 Consistent sustainability for all case users 47 Toray launches new, environmentallyfriendly nylon 50 PLA 3D-printing filament for lighting bioplastics magazine 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 Sidaplax/Plastic Suppliers (Belgium/USA), another part in bioplastic envelopes sponsored by Taghleef Industries, (Italy) Cover Follow us on twitter: Like us on Facebook:

daily upated news at News Interpretation of EEA study on biodegradable and compostable plastics is biased, says European Bioplastics In response to the new report “Biodegradable and compostable plastics – challenges and opportunities” by the European Environment Agency (EEA), European Bioplastics (EUBP) highlights the need to acknowledge successful precedents in the deployment of these innovative materials in collaboration with a receptive community of consumers. Unfortunately, several media outlets made use of a biased interpretation of the report to draw a distorted picture of biodegradable and compostable plastics. François de Bie, Chairman of EUBP, stated “In several respects, the EEA report is laudable in its objectives to provide information about the types of biodegradable products available, their labelling and their properties. It also accurately highlights the need to raise awareness about the different packaging solutions to ensure proper sorting and collection of waste”. In terms of additional benefits, the EEA correctly notes that contamination with conventional plastics is an increasing challenge for compost quality and emphasises that substituting conventional plastics with certified compostable plastics can significantly help in reducing this risk. Indeed, compostable plastics are essential in this respect of recovery and recycling, since no other economically viable solutions will be available for food-contaminated plastics in the near future. The report correctly highlights that using compostable plastic bags increases the capture rate of food waste, since consumers find them convenient and practical to use. Many municipalities and waste collectors are, therefore, already recommending or requiring the use of certified compostable plastic bags for collecting bio-waste. In agriculture, biodegradable mulch films, which help by contributing towards sustainable farming practices, are also identified as a key solution in avoiding long-term plastic accumulation in soil. However, on the consumer side the report also casts doubt around the potential for understanding how and where bioplastics should be dealt with when it comes to end-of-life options. It neglects to reflect that all biodegradable plastics, with the exception of agricultural mulch films which are recycled in situ, are clearly intended for organic recycling. Whilst opponents of bioplastics often claim that consumers will be unable to differentiate between bioplastics intended for home or industrial composting, the evidence points to the contrary where clear labelling, communication and effective sorting are put in place. Unfortunately, however, media coverage almost exclusively focused on this single aspect. In contrast, EEA’s related assessment, that there is no evidence supporting the fear that consumers might misunderstand biodegradability or compostability claims as a ‘license to litter’, was ignored. Although mechanical recycling provides solutions for certain applications, it is far from a “one size fits all“ answer to the question of how to ensure that plastics fulfil their potential in a circular economy. In fact, the reality is more complex with multiple solutions needed in order to enable resource efficiency, as outlined in a recent report entitled Breaking the Plastic Wave, 2020 released by Systemiq and the Pew Charitable Trust. In this respect, organic recycling represents unparalleled potential for diverting unavoidable food waste from landfill, facilitating the shift towards a circular economy and bringing benefits for more sustainable agriculture through the generation of high-quality compost for soil enrichment. In order to accelerate the transition towards a greener economy, European Bioplastics calls on all relevant stakeholders to have a constructive dialogue over biodegradable and compostable plastics that is science rather than ideology based. MT Picks & clicks Most frequently clicked news Castor oil plant Petroleum Bio-based sebacic acid Hexamethylene diamine Bio-based N610 Approx q 60% Polymerization Spinning Approx 40% Approx. 60 % Bio-based Filament yarns 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: Toray launches new, environmentally-friendly nylon (25 August 2019) Toray Industries, Inc. has developed a new, more sustainable nylon that represents a major step forward in the company's sustainability vision. The nylon is the latest addition to the company’s integrated Ecodear brand for biomass-based polymer materials and products. Toray’s new Ecodear nylon is 60% bio-based, based on sebacic acid derived from castor beans. The resulting fibre, can be spun using the same process as conventional nylon. bioplastics MAGAZINE [05/20] Vol. 15 5

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