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Issue 06/2018

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Application News Automotive Pastille bio-polyamide lamp Wästberg is a Swedish lighting company from Helsingborg, that aimed at bringing back light to human proximity. At Orgatec (October 2018, Cologne Germany) the company launched a new lamp series made with bio-polyamide. The lamp was created in collaboration with Sam Hecht and Kim Colin of London-based studio Industrial Facility and Berlinbased designer Dirk Winkel. The lamp w182, called Pastille is a minimalist light which can be described as a pure disc of light attached to a thin line, a construction that allows a variety of surfaces to be illuminated. Different to task lamps that illuminate in a focused way; or table and pendant lamps that provide ambient light, the w182 pastille family of lights sees environments as surfaces to softly illuminate, be it a wall, a floor or a table. w182 pastille is made of a highperformance material. A glassfibre reinforced bio-polyamide that is based on over 60 % renewably biologically sourced and recyclable material made from castor oil. Its material provides warmth and strength, making w182 pastille lighter and easier to adjust from anywhere on the lamp. At the top of its vertical pole is a single control button. But the bio-polymaide provides other benefits, too. There is no metal to be painted to achieve the desired look. The plastic is dyed with pigments, no touch-ups are needed over time. “The other thing we discovered is that the bioplastic is helping us with dissipating heat–like metal,” Hecht says at fastcompany.com. “That meant we could reduce the heat sink, which is taking away the heat from the LED, which reduces weight and cost.” The glass-reinforced bioplastic is also cheaper than metal, without having to sacrifice any quality to keep the price down–the studio estimates it would cost 50 % more in metal. “Unfortunately the pressures of price are so huge that normally the response is to try and maintain the typology, whether it’s a chair or lamp, and just reduce the quality to match the price,” Hecht says. “What we’re trying to do is challenge that and say surely we can use design and engineering to create something very beautiful that is affordable but has some decency to it in its materiality.”MT www.wastberg.com source: tinyurl.com/bio-pa-lamp Biodegradable crisps bags made from eucalyptus Two Farmers, Sean Mason and Mark Green, from Herefordshire, UK had the vision of making delicious hand-cooked potato crisps that celebrate the true flavours of Herefordshire, whilst protecting their beloved countryside with a 100% compostable bag. The crisp bags are available in two sizes, 40g making them perfect for snacking and 150g which makes them perfect for sharing… if you want to share… . Available flavours include Hereford Hop Cheese and Onion, Salt and Cider Vineger, and Hereford Bullshot which features a hint of Hereford beef. The packets are made from cellulose and sustainably grown eucalyptus trees from managed plantations. This means that they are 100 % compostable and will compost in a home-composting environment in a little over 26 weeks! Information whether the packages are certified compostable were not disclosed until bioplastics MAGAZINE went to print. The founders wrote on Facebook: “We are proud to be producing our new range of crisps in 100 % compostable packs, a first we think for the UK and a big step forward in dealing with our waste issues. Two Farmers co-founder Sean Mason said on the firm’s website that “a potato merchant inspired him to protect the countryside around him”. MT www.twofarmers.co.uk 38 bioplastics MAGAZINE [06/18] Vol. 13

Report Cruise entrepreneur switches to biobased plastics Biobased plastics are an essential element for plastic-free holidays Plastic-free holidays on a cruise ship – this was the vision that led cruise operator TUI Cruises (Kiel, Germany) to launch their new plastics reduction program WASTELESS. Since its founding, the company has worked continuously to minimize the amount of plastic waste it generates. For example, all cabins on board have already been equipped with glass water carafes that can be filled by guests at any time using the water dispensers in the corridors. This saves on disposable plastic bottles. Refillable dispensers for shampoo and shower gel have been installed in the showers in the cabins of all the new TUI Cruises ships, representing a saving of some 380,000 disposable packs a year across the fleet. Further initiatives include eliminating the plastic wrapped terrycloth slippers provided to guests for use at the pool or sauna: instead, these will now be conveniently tucked into the pockets of the bathrobes, saving 250,000 plastic packages per year. The laundry bag for the collection of dirty laundry will soon be made of biobased plastic based on sugar cane and starch, yielding an imminent saving of about 270,000 petroleum-based plastic bags. The impact in the catering department will be even more impressive: the first step will be the conversion of the coffee-to-go cups in the crew area: the inner coating and lids will in future be made of biobased plastic and no longer of petroleum-based plastic. But how is waste in general - and bioplastics, in particular - treated on board cruise ships? bioplastics MAGAZINE spoke with Friederike Grönemeyer, Communications Manager of TUI-Cruises. “We relieve our passengers of the task of separating waste,” said Friederike. “All garbage is separated centrally in our garbage room and disposed of responsibly.” She explained that glass is crushed, cans and paper are pressed and prepared for disposal on land. Organic (food) waste is crushed in a so-called pulper, dried and also composted on land or, diluted with water, disposed of outside the 12-mile zone in the sea. Some packaging waste is prepared for recycling or is incinerated clean and with energy recovery on board in an appropriate energy plant. Disposal ashore takes place not only in the home port of Kiel, but also in larger port cities around the world. “We make sure we have the right responsible partners there,” she emphasised. There is always an environmental officer on board for all these tasks. “All in all, we achieve an overall recycling rate of 31%,” says Friederike Grönemeyer. By the end of 2020, plastic products and non-essential disposable items will have been phased out and replaced by renewably-sourced sustainable alternatives, both aboard the current six ships of the Mein Schiff fleet and on land. www.tuicruises.com Info See a video-clip (German language) at: tinyurl.com/tui-wasteless bioplastics MAGAZINE [06/18] Vol. 13 39

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