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Issue 06/2016

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Application News 100 % bio-based PET container for cosmetics Decoupling plastic packaging from fossil feedstocks and adopting renewably sourced feedstocks is one of the main challenges the packaging industry is facing today. (Source: The new plastics economy: Rethinking the future of plastics of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation.) PET (Polyethlene terephthalate) is a plastic that is widely used for packaging purposes. A consortium of Dutch SME‘s and universities has developed a unique new way to produce a high-performance PET from biomass, resulting in a 100% biobased product. This BioPET100 can be used for high-performance applications including 3D printing and cosmetic packaging. During the 2 nd Biobased Business Event at the Emmtec Industry & Businesspark in Emmen on September 22 nd 2016, several so-called cosmetic containers were presented with the hoods made from BioPET100. This groundbreaking development is the result of an intensive innovation effort. The aromatic building blocks of the BioPET100 are made from glycerin from SunOil in Emmen. The glycerin was converted to bio-aromatics with the use of the catalytic pyrolysis technology of BioBTX (Benzene, Toluene and Xylene from biomass), developed in close co-operation with the University of Groningen. The bio-aromatics were purified and converted to PET precursors by Syncom in Groningen. The polymerisation was performed by Cumapol and API, both located in Emmen. The Stenden University of Applied Sciences contributed to this polymerisation. Finally, DuFor (Zevenaar) conducted the injection molding at Aarts Plastic in Waalwijk. This joint effort resulted in the first 100% biobased PET packaging container from secondary biomass resources. This BioPET100 showcase marks a ground breaking development in biobased plastics. Never before was a secondary biomass feedstock converted in a polyester endproduct. This joint effort shows that it is possible to completely decouple the production of all plastics from fossil resources. The technology is fully scalable and the partners are working together to make this a reality. MT Biobased packaging for organic coffee roaster Peeze, the only coffee refinery in the Netherlands that supplies 100% certified coffee, will be the first coffee company in the world using Braskem’s biobased Polyethylene for their coffee packaging. In October, Peeze started replacing its fossil based packaging with biobased packaging partially using Braskem’s Green Polyethylene. By doing this, Peeze will significantly reduce the carbon footprint of its packaging as well as the use of fossil resources. For every kg of I’m green Polyethylene used in the Peeze packaging more than 4.5 kg of CO 2 is saved. “It is a great pleasure to see Peeze, a company that is producing all its coffee on a CO 2 neutral basis, also recognizing that the packaging can contribute to reducing its carbon footprint,” says Marco Jansen, Commercial Director Renewable Chemicals Europe & North America. “Peeze now not only makes a great sustainable coffee but has started packing the coffee in a more sustainable packaging.” To arrive at the final result of this new biobased coffee packaging, Peeze has partnered up with Bio4Pack (Rheine, Germany) and Servo Artpack (Stabio, Switzerland) who both have been pleased to contribute to the mission of Peeze to make the world fair and sustainable. With the introduction of this new biobased laminated packaging, defined and certified through Bio4pack and produced by Servo Artpack, the company makes a next step in achieving these goals. “It’s another example of the growing possibilities in making packaging sustainable without compromising on quality compared to traditional packaging,” says Patrick Gerritsen, CEO of Bio4pack. “This kind of packaging is a part to the solution for a biobased economy, leading to a more sustainable world.” “Six years ago we started our search for a more sustainable way of packing our coffee beans. This was rather difficult because coffee is a sensitive product: for oxygen and moisture. Together with our partners we can finally make a step with this biobased foil. A step towards our ambition to have a circular business model,” says Timmo Terpstra, Managing Director at Peeze. MT | | 34 bioplastics MAGAZINE [06/16] Vol. 11

Application News Application News Buss Laboratory Kneader MX 30-22 Biobased plastic drums CurTec (Rijen,The Netherlands) recently started manufacturing drums and pots made of Braskem’s Green PE. Biobased Packaging is a great alternative for companies whose core values include environmental sustainability and putting customer needs first. More and more companies incorporate social responsibility into their business model. They are aware of their carbon footprint and strive to make their business more sustainable by investing in wind and solar energy, process innovation and raising environmental awareness of staff. CurTec uses bio plastic made of sugarcane. Sugarcane is a renewable raw material and absorbs carbon dioxide from the atmosphere during its growth which contributes to CO 2 reduction. CurTec’s Biobased Packaging is made of >90 % Bio- HDPE (verified by the ASTM D6866 standard) and is just as high performance as all other CurTec pack types. MT Buss Kneader Technology Leading Compounding Technology for heat and shear sensitive plastics Bioplastic Fantastic Not exactly an “Application News”, but still worth mentioning in this magazine is a talk that Kathryn Sheridan (Sutainability Consult) gave at TEDx Ghent this fall. For more than 60 years Buss Kneader technology has been the benchmark for continuous preparation of heat and shear sensitive compounds – a respectable track record that predestines this technology for processing biopolymers such as PLA and PHA. > Uniform and controlled shear mixing > Extremely low temperature profile > Precise temperature control > High filler loadings In about 7 minutes she speaks about why we don’t need oil for plastics. We think this video might be a useful communications tool for one or the other of our readers. Buss AG Switzerland bioplastics MAGAZINE [06/16] Vol. 11 35

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