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News daily upated news at www.bioplasticsmagazine.com Unilever and Bio-on work together Unilever (headquartered in Rotterdam, The Netherlands) and Bio-on (Bologna, Italy) recently announced the start of a strategic partnership to develop, produce and sell personal hygiene and care products that guarantee a smaller or no environmental impact. Using patented bio-technologies for natural, biodegradable microplastics (PHA) production, Unilever and Bio-on are taking an important step towards building a more sustainable economy and more responsible consumption in the personal care sector. This collaboration is designed to meet the demands of consumers, who are increasingly concerned about sustainability and making purchasing choices that respect the environment, whilst making the most of the skills and excellence at both companies. Unilever's knowledge and large-scale presence on the personal care market with noted brands such as Mentadent, Dove, Zendium, Glysolid, and Sunsilk, teams up with the exclusive know-how of Bio-on, specialised in biotechnologies applied to widely used materials, to create completely natural products and solutions. "For Unilever, developing a partnership with such an excellent Italian company as Bio-on is an important step towards the goals we have set ourselves with the Unilever Sustainable Living Plan, primarily to halve the environmental impact of our products by 2030," claims Fulvio Guarneri, Chairman & CEO of Unilever Italia. "This collaboration makes us very proud because it is one of the most important examples through which Unilever is making concrete moves towards sustainability in our business strategy." "Research into innovative products and cutting-edge formulations that respect the environment and people is now a priority in the personal care sector," explains Marco Astorri, Chairman and CEO of Bio-on. "We are very pleased to work alongside such a major player as Unilever, with which we will have the great opportunity to introduce real sustainable innovation whilst reaching an increasingly broad consumer base." Bio-on will work with Unilever through two new companies, which will focus 100% on exploiting exclusive technologies to develop, produce and supply personal care products. MT www.bio-on.it | www.unilever.it Dupont completes expansion of Sorona production DuPont Industrial Biosciences has completed the expansion of their Kinston, NC manufacturing facility, which produces bio-based, high-performance DuPont Sorona ® polymers From the expansion, DuPont has increased the facility’s capacity to produce Sorona polymer by 25%. This investment is reflective of the growing demand for Sorona polymer throughout the carpet and apparel markets and an emerging global focus on building the circular economy. “This expansion is a direct result of the significant growth in global demand for Sorona polymer and a testament to DuPont’s commitment to manufacturing innovative products in North Carolina,” says Michael Saltzberg, Ph.D., global business director of DuPont Biomaterials. “We are grateful for the support from partners that made this project possible including: Lenoir County Economic Development, North Carolina Community College System, Lenoir Community College, Duke Energy Corporation, North Carolina Department of Commerce and North Carolina Department of Transportation.” DuPont Sorona polymer is made from 37 % renewable plant-based ingredients and has many versatile applications. As compared to similar materials, like nylon 6, Sorona polymer uses 30 % less energy and releases 63 % fewer greenhouse gas emissions. In addition to reducing its reliance on fossil fuels, Sorona polymer combines eco-efficiency with function, as its high-performance qualities can be used in a variety of applications. Fibers made with Sorona polymer exhibit exceptional softness, inherent stain resistance and uncompromising durability, offering a sustainable, highperforming material option for customers throughout the supply chain. DuPont Industrial Biosciences employs more than 90 workers in Kinston through the manufacturing of Sorona polymer. With the startup of the line, four additional employees also are being recruited. MT tinyurl.com/sorona Magnetic for Plastics www.plasticker.com • International Trade in Raw Materials, Machinery & Products Free of Charge. • Daily News from the Industrial Sector and the Plastics Markets. • Current Market Prices for Plastics. • Buyer’s Guide for Plastics & Additives, Machinery & Equipment, Subcontractors and Services. • Job Market for Specialists and Executive Staff in the Plastics Industry. Up-to-date • Fast • Professional 6 bioplastics MAGAZINE [06/18] Vol. 13

daily upated news at www.bioplasticsmagazine.com News EU Parliament's single-use plastics ban - Bioplastics can provide an alternative, EUBP says The European Parliament recently approved its report on the draft Directive on Marine Pollution and Single-use Plastics. “European Bioplastics fully supports the transition from a linear to a circular economy. Bioplastics enable more sustainable solutions for a range of products“, says François de Bie, Chairman of European Bioplastics (EUBP).“We agree on the importance of reducing single-use plastic products where feasible, but hygiene and food safety cannot be compromised. With regard to some of the concerned single-use products – such as e.g. plates and cutlery –, biodegradable certified compostable plastics provide an organically recyclable alternative“. EUBP considers the Parliament’s decision to restrict the use of single-use cutlery and plates as not sufficiently considering the reality of food consumption in Europe. In certain closed-loop contexts, such as canteens, air travel, or sport and music events, these are an indispensable and efficient solution to guarantee safety and hygiene for food and drinks while ensuring at the same time waste collection and recycling. Biodegradable certified compostable plastics fulfil Europe’s rigorous requirements and standards for health and safety and can be recycled organically together with the food waste. EUBP fully supports the Parliament’s suggestion to restrict products made from oxo-degradable plastics, which is in line with earlier statements by the Parliament and the European Commission in the context of the EU Plastics Strategy. Concerning biodegradability in the marine environment, EUBP stresses that it is an interesting property. However, it needs to be clearly defined for which materials, products and under which circumstances this property is of added value. Improving waste management on land and building efficient mechanical and organic recycling infrastructures across Europe remain a priority when it comes to fighting marine pollution. EUBP looks forward to further constructive discussions with the European Commission, the Parliament, and the Council during the upcoming trilogues in order to realise a truly sustainable, no-litter, circular economy for Europe. MT www.european-bioplastics.org HIGH WE DRIVE THROUGHPUT. THE DIAMEETS CIRCULAR ECONOMY. QUALITY. Whether it is inhouse, postconsumer or bottle recycling: you can only close loops in a precise and profitable way if machines are perfectly tuned for the respective application. Count on the number 1 technology from EREMA when doing so: over 5000 of our machines and systems produce around 14 million tonnes of high-quality pellets like this every year – in a highly efficient and energy-saving way. That’s Careformance! CAREFORMANCE We care about your performance. 1710013ERE_ins_bioplastics magazine.indd 1 bioplastics MAGAZINE 18.10.17 [06/18] Vol. 14:313 7

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