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Issue 06/2015

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Editorial dear readers

Editorial dear readers Films, Flexibles, Bags is the first highlight topic of this latest issue, which has come out only a few days before the Italian bag law celebrates what will be its 5 th anniversary. And with that in mind, I decided that it was high time to visit Italy myself, to get some first-hand impressions of the current situation after five years. See my comprehensive report on page 18. This trip to Italy once again served to demonstrate that shopping bags are still very much a hot topic. And this led us to the decision to launch another conference. On March 8 and 9, 2016 bioplastics MAGAZINE will host the first Green Bag Conference in Cologne/Germany. Please have a look at pages 12-13 for more detailed information. The second special topic is about Consumer Electronics. Interestingly, the winner of this year’s 10 th Global Bioplastics Award is a product in this area that was jointly developed by Mitsubishi Chemical and Sharp. It’s a front panel for a smartphone made from MCC’s Durabio material, which offers better properties and performance than conventional polycarbonate or PMMA. Oh, and by the way: it’s biobased. See page 10 and page 25 for more details. Even if plastics made from CO 2 as a chemical building block is not exactly a bio-plastics topic, in my opinion it is nevertheless an interesting subject that is well worth attention. Not only do these plastics pursue the same goals as biobased plastics, namely a reduction of our dependency on fossil carbon resources and a positive effect on global warming, some of the CO 2 based plastics are also biodegradable…. That’s why our Basics section in this issue presents an update on this interesting and important field of research and development, including first pilot and commercial production plants. Lastly, I’d like to remind you of the 4 th PLA World Congress in Munich next May – the call for papers is still open. So if you have some interesting topics to report about – just let us know. As always, we’ve rounded up some of the most recent news items on materials and applications to keep you abreast of the latest innovations and ongoing advances in the world of bioplastics. We hope you enjoy reading bioplastics MAGAZINE. Sincerely yours bioplastics MAGAZINE Vol. 10 ISSN 1862-5258 Cover Story Shopping bags in Italy | 18 Nov / Dec 06 | 2015 Highlights Films / Flexibles / Bags | 12 Consumer Electronics | 24 Basics Plastics from CO 2 | 50 ... is read in 92 countries Follow us on twitter! Like us on Facebook! Michael Thielen bioplastics MAGAZINE [06/15] Vol. 10 3

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