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issue 05/2021

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  • Packaging
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Highlights: Fibres, Textiles, Nonwovens Biocomposites Basics: CO2-based plastics

Application News

Application News Biobased cosmetic packaging Faca, a packaging manufacturer headquartered in Barcelona, Spain, has introduced a new line of products – jars and bottles – made from 100 % plant-based raw material. The company, which celebrated its 50 th anniversary last year, says the new products illustrate the flexibility with which Faca is responding to the transition towards greater sustainability in the cosmetics packaging industry, while continuing to hold a leading position in the highend and luxury sector of this industry. As illustrated by the newly launched jars, product development is a major focus at Faca. The company invests heavily in R + D + I , and over the years, has built up a portfolio comprising over 300 active patents. In addition, the company has invested in state-of-the-art machinery for more sustainable and lower consumption, both in injection with the acquisition of heavy-duty machinery to allow multi-cavity molds, as in decoration and assembly, with cutting edge machinery for quality control by using ultra-high-speed artificial vision cameras. Faca’s newest offerings, made from polyethylene derived from sugarcane, help its customers to meet their own environmental goals and at the same time to satisfy end consumers’ demands for more sustainable packaging. All Faca’s packaging is made in Europe. The company produces jars and bottles in sizes ranging from 7ml to 250ml (with and without internal beaker). Since 2019, its three production plants, complete with cleanroom facilities and office areas have all been powered by 100 % renewable energy, thus minimising its C0 2 footprint. MT www.facapackaging.com First-ever plant-based bra line Braskem (São Paulo, Brazil), announces its partnership with Gelmart International (New York, USA), a leading global manufacturer of intimate apparel. Braskem in supplying its I’m green TM EVA biopolymer to support production of the world’s first-of-its-kind plant-based bra cup. I’m green biobased EVA is sustainably produced from sugarcane, a renewable source that contributes to the reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by CO 2 capture. For those who want to adopt Green EVA into a new product concept, it is ideal for use in apparel, footwear, children’s toys, general foams and much more. Gelmart’s new kindly line of sustainable intimate apparel launched in August and is available exclusively across 3,300 Walmart retail stores and online at Walmart.com. Gelmart has designed, developed, and produced over 1.25 billion units in underwear, bras, and shapewear for the world’s biggest retailers and brands. Gelmart’s Kindly bra line is the culmination of more than three years of proprietary development, resulting in the world’s first mass-produced, plant-based bra, having undergone close to 30 iterations of trials, testing, moulding, and wear tests. Kindly aims to connect the worlds of sustainability, accessibility, and innovation by developing a proprietary blend of recycled nylon, spandex, elastic, and Braskem’s I’m green EVA biopolymer to create revolutionary environmentally friendly products, replacing the use of traditional foam materials. Affordably priced, the Kindly line allows consumers to feel good about making a more sustainable choice, all without sacrificing quality or value. Eve Bastug, Chief Product Officer of Gelmart International, stated, “In my 40 plus years working in the industry, this was the most challenging project I’ve worked on - and it certainly feels the most rewarding. It took us three years to work towards a sustainable cup that is over 80 % plant-based. Our goal is to never make consumers choose between function, plant and price, by creating a more sustainable future with beautifully crafted products that people can feel good about wearing.” (Photo: Gelmart International) Kindly will launch with two styles of bras (available in sizes 34A–40DD), three styles of bralettes (available in sizes S–3XL), as well as thongs, hipsters, and boyshorts (available in sizes XS–3XL) in both seamless and micro fabrication. The line will retail between USD11 – USD14. Silhouettes were designed with a postpandemic lifestyle in mind. There is an uptick in consumer behaviour for all day wearability and hybrid designs; non-wire, seamless styles and circular knitting were key for this collection. Design inspiration was drawn from Earth’s elements of air, water, and fire – colour palettes and patterns give consumers a multisensory experience from animal and palm prints to colours recognizable in marbled waters and ombré sunsets. AT www.gelmart.com | www.braskem.com 30 bioplastics MAGAZINE [05/21] Vol. 16

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