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Cardia Bioplastics organic waste diversion program extends to China’s Qixia District

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500,000 Cardia Biohybrid™ organic waste management bags ordered for final validation of Qixia’s organic waste diversion project. Annual contract forecast of $400,000. 65% of Qixia District households will participate in the program on full roll out.


Cardia Biohybrid™ kitchen waste bags in use, enabling organic waste diversion in Nanjing Qixia District in China

Cardia Bioplastics Limited  has received an order for 500,000 Biohybrid™ bags from China’s Qixia District Council. Cardia's renewable Biohybrid™ kitchen waste bags are made with Cardia's proprietary Biohybrid™ technology that uses less oil and a lower carbon footprint compared to conventional plastics.

The Qixia District Council is at the final stages of validating their organic waste diversion program, which will be rolled out to 65% of all households in the District over a one year period. With a population of 400,000, annual orders for the program are forcast to reach $400,000.

Qixia is a District of Nanjing City and is the fifth Council in China to be trialling and implementing organic waste diversion programs using Cardia Bioplastic technology and bags. Cardia already supplies Shanghai-Pudong, Nanjing Jianye, Hangzhou West Lake and Yuhang Councils and is looking to expand into other Councils and provinces of China.

With manufacturing and product development based in Nanjing and expansion of production under way, Cardia is well poised to continue its growth path in the business segment of organic waste separation products. Cardia has seen a rise in demand for its Biohybrid™ and Compostable resins, films and finished bags in recent months, with growth being driven from China, Brazil, Mexico, USA and Australia.

Cardia Bioplastics Managing Director Dr. Frank Glatz stated, “We are seeing increasing adoption of organic waste diversion programs in China and are well placed to continue to grow our market position. Our organic waste management products pass stringent testing and validation programs, delivering results at competetive prices. Both of our sustainable bioplastics offerings, Cardia compostable or Biohybrid™ are in demand by Councils, manufacturers and brand owners.”

Mr. Jacky Chen, General Manager of Cardia’s China Operations said, “We are delighted with this outcome and will continue to develop and maintain strong Government relationships to work with China City Councils towards managing household waste sustainably and reducing its environmental footprint.”

Cardia has a certified compostable offering for its organic waste management business, where trials are underway in Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia, Canada, USA, Brazil and the UK.”

Corbion Purac showcasing packaging and serviceware innovations in biobased PLA

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imageCorbion Purac will be exhibiting at the Interpack trade fair in Dusseldorf within the Bioplastics In Packaging (BIP) pavilion.  Together with key industry partners, Corbion Purac will be showcasing packaging and serviceware applications made from both standard PLA and high heat PLA. The team will be welcoming visitors in Hall 9, stand G11.

Corbion Purac's partners at Interpack include Huhtamaki - a global leader in sustainable foodservice packaging, Innovia - a leading global producer of speciality high performance films, Synbra - leading producer of ePLA foam, Yangtze Labre - manufacturer of filaments and non-wovens, and WinGram - PLA converter of films, serviceware and packaging.

On display will be a range of applications, including the latest high heat applications based on performance lactides from Corbion Purac. These include single-use hot drink cups and lids and full stereo-complex transparent film, which offers opportunities for both food and non-food applications.  In addition to final applications, Corbion Purac will also be displaying their PLA resin and compound partnerships, for those interested in developing their own bioplastic products. These include Hisun, SUPLA, Biotec and FKuR.

Combining high biocontent with a low carbon footprint, PLA is a great replacement for PS, PP and ABS.  Furthermore, as demonstrated by the range of applications on show, PLA is an extremely adaptable material that can be processed on existing equipment, with commercially acceptable cycle times. This offers converters and brandowners a unique opportunity to be a sustainability frontrunner in their field, for both their products and their packaging.

High profile Brazilian retailer, Drogaria Araujo orders 1.25 million Cardia Biohybrid™ bags

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Cardia Bioplastics wins strategic contract to supply Biohybrid™ bags to 120 Brazilian Drogaria Araujo stores. Initial orders of 1,250,000 bags delivered, with annual orders of 20 million bags/annum and $400,000 sales revenue forecast. Cardia Bioplastics Brazil poised for growth as Brazilian supply chain established and Cardia’s product performance and quality being recognised within the Brazilian retail market.


Cardia Biohybrid™ bags to be used in 120 Drogaria Araujo shops

Cardia Bioplastics Limited  has executed a strategic supply agreement and received the first order for 1.25 million Biohybrid™ bags to high profile Brazilian retailer Drogaria Araujo.

Drogaria Araujo is Brazil’s fourth largest drugstore chain, with 120 stores serving 38 million customers annually. After extensive evaluation Drogaria Araujo has made the decision to replace the use of paper bags in its stores with Cardia Biohybrid™ bags.

With Drogaria Araujo committing to use Cardia Biohybrid™ bags, annual orders expected to reach $400,000 with the opportunity to grow the business across the larger Araujo retailing group.

Cardia Bioplastics Brazil Managing Director João Paulo Mignot stated, “We are very pleased to be forming a strategic supply relationship with Drogaria Araujo, a very influential and respected retailer in Brazil. Following an evaluation process of our Biohybrid™ bags, Drogaria Araujo has given our bags the stamp of approval to be used in all of their 120 stores.” Mr Mignot continues, “Drogaria Araujo found our Biohybrid™ bags a quality sustainble replacement that offers a lower carbon footprint, are made with renewable resources, contain no heavy metals and are competitively priced.”

Cardia Bioplastics Managing Director Dr. Frank Glatz added, “These are exciting times for Cardia Brazil. With the establishment of our Brazilian supply chain, we are now seeing major retailers such as Ricoy Supermercados and Drogaria Araujo validating our products through placing orders and commiting to annual supply agreements. With changing legislation, the imminent FIFA World Cup and the 2016 Olympics which will see global attention and an influx of international visitors into Brazil, we can expect to see more orders for our sustainable bag offering.”

Having recently won the contract to supply carry bags to Brazilian Ricoy Supermercados, the latest win to supply Drogaria Araujo, demonstrates Cardia Bioplastics high product performance and quality being recognised within the Brazilian retail market, the largest and most rapidly growing consumer market in South America.

Johnson Matthey Davy Technologies Ltd. and Rennovia , Inc. to develop and commercialize production technology for bio - based glucaric acid and adipic acid

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imageJohnson Matthey Davy Technologies Ltd. (JM Davy), a global provider of advanced process technologies and Rennovia,Inc. , a development stage company focused on the production of commodity and speciality chemicals from renewable feedstocks, announced today that they are embarking on a collaboration to develop , demonstrate and commercialize catalytic process technologies for the production of bio-based glucaric acid and adipic acid.

Under the collaboration, Rennovia and JM Davy will work together to develop and demonstrate the processes based on Rennovia’s technology for the catalytic aerobic oxidation of glucose to glucaric acid, as well as the catalytic hydrogenation of glucaric acid to adipic acid .

The goal of the collaboration is to develop and jointly license a technology package enabling commercial production of these chemical products.

Adipic acid , an industrial chemical conventionally derived from petroleum, is a multi-billion dollar global market, with major applications in nylon-6,6 fibers , engineering resins, polyester polyols for polyurethanes, and adipate ester plasticizers.

JM Davy and Rennovia anticipate delivering technology capable of producing a bio-based adipic acid equivalent to the petroleum-based product, at a lower cost, and with a significantly improved environmental footprint.

Glucaric acid is an emerging platform chemical with wide applications in detergent, de-icing, cement, and anti-corrosion markets. “JM Davy is excited at the prospect of co-developing and licensing the process to produce glucaric and adipic acid with Rennovia and promoting the technology throughout the world”, said Antoine Bordet, Managing Director of JM Davy . “

JM Davy sees this as an opportunity to extend its bio-based process technology portfolio which has already licensed 1.5 million tonnes of bio-based chemical product utilizing catalytic chemical transformations”.

“With their extensive experience developing and licensing catalytic process technologies across a wide range of bio-based and petrochemical markets, Rennovia considers JM Davy an ideal development and licensing partner for our renewable glucaric acid and adipic acid products,” said Robert Wedinger, President and CEO of Rennovia. “

We look forward to working with JM Davy to deliver technologies to the marketplace that are scalable, less capital-intensive, and cost-advantaged over current petrochemical processes.”

Source: Rennovia

Greif Receives 2014 Manufacturing Leadership Sustainability Award

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Greif has been recognized with the 2014 Manufacturing Leadership Award (ML Award) in Sustainability for its DoubleGreen™ COEX 10-liter plastic jerry can. This is one of the first sustainable multilayer 10-liter plastic jerry cans made from a renewable resource, sugarcane, with a stackable design that eliminates the need for a carton during transport.

The DoubleGreen COEX 10-liter plastic jerry can incorporates polyethylene that is derived from sugarcane ethanol and exceeds 50 percent of the total packaging composition. The DoubleGreen jerry can, produced in Brazil, creates a closed-loop system approach from agribusiness to agribusiness. Based upon the main Brazil agrochemical market volume, the use of sugarcane ethanol is estimated to eliminate CO2 emissions by 1,390 tons annually.

“At Greif, sustainability is an innovation driver. Our goal is to help customers reduce their own environmental footprints with quality industrial packaging. We are honored to be recognized for our dedication to innovating new packaging products derived from one of the world’s most renewable resources and that promotes the elimination of extra packaging for transport,” said Eduardo Simoniello, vice president and general manager of Greif Latin America. “At Greif we are serious about sustainability and strive to find new ways to use natural resources wisely without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs.”

Greif’s efficient manufacturing process requires less material in the production of the jerry can, reducing its weight for shipping even as it maintains the same compression strength as heavier containers. Its stackable design for shipping directly on transport pallets improves inventory management cost, removes the necessity for printing a duplicate label and optimizes the recycling process. Furthermore, DoubleGreen is UN certified, which means that Greif’s customers will not need to worry about managing or paying for the UN Certification process themselves. The elimination of carton packaging is estimated to save 3,643 trees and avoid 23 tons of excess CO2 emissions.

Winners of the ML Awards will be honored on June 5 at a black-tie gala during the 10th Annual Manufacturing Leadership Summit hosted by Frost & Sullivan, a leading research firm.

Source: Greif

Cardia Bioplastics technology used to develop So Delicious® Dairy Free compostable ice cream sticks

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Cardia Bioplastics Limited is pleased to announce the use of Cardia Bioplastics compostable resin technology for the development of So Delicious® Dairy Free’s innovative compostable ice cream sticks.


So Delicious® Dairy Free purchased first commercial quantity of Cardia Compostable resin for ice cream stick market launch. The initial market launch media buzz has demonstrated that the new compostable sticks are extremely popular with consumers for both taste and environmental reasons.

So Delicious® Dairy Free took the innovative steps to replace traditional wooden sticks by designing an entirely new solution – plant-based, lickable, compostable sticks. Although sustainability plays a major role in So Delicious® Dairy Free’s proposition, the change to Cardia Compostable resin for the ice cream stick application was driven from consumer feedback, indicating they are averse to the feel and aftertaste of traditional wooden sticks in single serve ice creams.



The new stick material is fully compostable and meets the requirements of the ASTM D6400 Standard, which is the US standard specification for labelling of plastics designed to be aerobically composted in municipal or industrial facilities. In addition, the sticks have undergone a series of rigorous tests including two pilot scale compostability tests and one commercial composting test, with results showing that the new sticks compost much faster than their wooden counterparts.

Dr Frank Glatz, Cardia Bioplastics Managing Director said, "The Cardia technical team worked with So Delicious® Dairy Free, to ensure that the resin technology used for the ice cream sticks met consumer needs and compostability standards required for food application. We are very pleased with the result, and are certain that consumer feedback and demand will motivate more manufactures to look to a compostable ice cream stick solution."

Richard Tegoni Chairman Cardia Bioplastics said, "The So Delicious® Dairy Free market launch of Cardia Compostable ice cream sticks in the food and consumable markets, replacing traditional materials further demonstrates the vast possibilities and applications of our resins. Not only are Cardia Compostable resins food safe, have a lower carbon footprint and are compostable compliant to international standards, but as consumer feedback demonstrates they are preferred for certain applications."

Biodiesel production goes eco-friendly

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imageThe sustainability of biofuels as a renewable energy source has been boosted with the development of a new water–free process for the production of biodiesel from waste vegetable oils.

The global production of biofuels – such as ethanol and biodiesel – has increased by over 600 per cent in a decade to more than 100 billion litres in 2011. Biofuels are used widely in the transport sector and account for three per cent of total road transport fuel globally1.

However, biofuels production has been criticised for causing deforestation, adding to the pressure on agricultural land needed for food production and the environmental impact of wastewater produced during their production.

Traditional methods of biodiesel production use high volumes of water to remove impurities or 'soaps' to meet stringent quality standards. For palm oil production, 50 per cent of water used becomes palm oil mill effluent – the largest pollutant of rivers in Malaysia2.

However, researchers from the University of Porto, Portugal, are now looking at water-free methods for purifying biofuels, including those made from waste cooking oils, animal fats and other fatty wastes derived from industrial activities.

Instead of water, researchers3 used catalysts to pre-treat and target impurities such as calcium 'soaps' in the biodiesel. The impurities were then removed by absorption into resins or passing through ceramic membranes.

The researchers were able to produce good quality biodiesel from both virgin vegetable oil and, importantly, waste oils used for frying. The new process could provide significant economic and environmental benefits compared to other more energy intensive water-based production methods.

The Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) chief executive, Dr David Brown, said: "In some countries like Brazil, biofuels provide nearly a quarter of their road transport needs. In the European Union, negotiations are under way to increase biofuels for transport to ten per cent. And Indonesia - the world's largest producer of palm oil - has announced plans to increase biodiesel production to reduce its reliance on crude oil imports.

"However, current production processes do not always deliver the full potential of biofuels to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and there are continuing challenges including economic and environmental.

"But demand for biofuels is clearly increasing and advancement in chemical engineering processes, such as the use of heterogeneous catalysis4 and water-free methods using membranes, are very welcome to consolidate biofuels as a globally accepted and sustainable source of renewable energy."

The role of chemical engineers in the health, water, food and energy sectors is explored in IChemE’s latest technical strategy, Chemical Engineering Matters.


About chemical engineers

Chemical, biochemical and process engineering is the application of science, maths and economics to the process of turning raw materials into everyday products. Professional chemical engineers design, construct and manage process operations all over the world.  Pharmaceuticals, food and drink, synthetic fibres and clean drinking water are just some of the products where chemical engineering plays a central role.

About IChemE

The Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) is the hub for chemical, biochemical and process engineering professionals worldwide. With a growing global membership of over 38,000, the Institution is at the heart of the process community, promoting competence and a commitment to best practice, advancing the discipline for the benefit of society, encouraging young people in science and engineering and supporting the professional development of its members. Further information:


1 International Energy Agency

2 IPIECA - The biofuels and water nexus: Guidance document for the oil and gas industry, 2012.

3 Water-free process for eco-friendly purification of biodiesel obtained using a heterogeneous Ca-based catalyst:

4 IChemE offers an annual fellowship (the Andrew Fellowship) which provides funding for two candidates every year to enable research into the science of the formulation of heterogeneous catalysis.

BIOPLAST ® products are granted CIC compostable certification for the Italian market

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biotec logo This certification is given to BIOPLAST GF 106/02 and GS 2189, both resins made by BIOTEC, leading european company in development and production of bioplastics CIC, the Italian Consortium for Compostable, licensed BIOPLAST GF 106/02 in film of 50 microns and BIOPLAST Blend of 75% GF 106/02 75% with 25% BIOPLAST GS2189 in film of 50 microns.

This certification is an additional proof of BIOPLAST compliance with Italian regulation for the material ability to biodegrade and enter the composting stream.

“With this certification, Italian market is now aware that there is not only one biodegradable option for bioplastics. Consumers, retailers, clients are now able to choose between BIOPLAST and its competitor.” declares Peter Brunk, managing director of BIOTEC.

The certified grades are specially designed for all types of bags: refuse bags, carrier bags, shopping bags. They combine high resistance, soft touch and biodegradability, they are also GMO and plasticizer-free.

“This certification is a great opportunity to reach the local communities market, as BIOPLAST bags are specifically suitable for biodegradable waste collections. Retailers are also a specific target” declares Giovanni Salcuni, Sales manager in Italy for BIOTEC.

All products made from BIOPLAST material are 100 % biodegradable and compostable according to EN 13432 and ASTM D 6868.



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Magna International Inc., a leading global automotive supplier, and bio-on, an Italian intellectual property company, have signed a cooperation agreement on December 13, 2013, to start exclusive R&D activities on the use of bio plastics for the automotive industry.

bio-on has developed a new kind of bio plastic created through the use of naturally occurring bacteria which feed off sugar beet by-products. In the process of fermentation, the material is turned into plastic (polyhydroxyalkanoate or PHA). The result is fully biodegradable in water and soil, an environmentally friendly product that does not rely on food as a natural resource and could provide alternatives to conventional plastics for the automotive industry.



Magna, through its Exteriors operating unit, is pairing its automotive know-how with bio-on's chemical expertise to research how production of this natural polyester product can be elevated to an industrial, cost-effective scale. Additionally, the two companies will test and evaluate how bio-on bio plastics will perform in different standard industry processes such as thermoforming. Magna Exteriors will utilize its facility in Liberec, Czech Republic, for joint testing.
"Our material has already demonstrated great potential in diverse industries and we now want to apply it to the automotive sector as well," says Marco Astorri, CEO and co-founder of bio-on. "Through this partnership, bio-on hopes to contribute significantly to meeting the global need for a greener future mobility, with lower environmental impact."

"As a leading global automotive supplier, Magna is leveraging its manufacturing expertise to partner with bio-on to deliver a potential game-changing innovation to the industry," said Joe Pittel, President Magna Exteriors. "We are excited about the possibilities this cooperation offers us to further support our customers in pursuit of environmentally friendly vehicles."

Source: bio-on

Cardia Biohybrid™ bags gain EPA approval in the Maldives with initial orders delivered

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Cardia Bioplastics Limited is pleased to announce the delivery of 60,000 large waste management bags as initial order by Maldives Truly Green. The Cardia Biohybrid™ waste management bags will be used throughout Maldives resorts and by the expansive tourism sector, with annual orders of more than 1,000,000 bags expected.

The Cardia Biohybrid™ bags received Maldives EPA approval as preferred product after undergoing extensive product trials. The Maldives EPA approval is a major win for Cardia Bioplastics and Truly Green, giving the Biohybrid™ bags official endorsement and therefore creating the ability to expand supply beyond initial orders.

Cardia Biohybrid™ bags offer the Maldives market bags that have a lower carbon footprint, are made with renewable resources, contain no heavy metals and are competitively priced. For an island nation such as the Maldives, participating in carbon and waste reduction is imperative.  The Cardia Biohybrid™ bags are a first step in Cardia providing lower carbon footprint solutions to the Maldives market.



Dr Frank Glatz, Cardia Managing Director said, "Our Biohybrid™ bags gaining Maldives EPA approval, is a major win for our company. The process of approval involved trials that endorsed our products performance and environmental benefits. Being approved as a preferred product in the Maldives market will make further expansion into the Maldives in partnership with Truly Green a natural progression. The Maldives are committed to tackling climate change and our low carbon Cardia Biohybrid™ and our Cardia Compostable bags and products will certainly assist them in doing so."

Rizan Afeef, Truly Green Managing Director commented, "Cardia Bioplastics has proven to be an exceptional partner in assisting us deliver a sustainable waste management solution to the Maldives tourism industry and resorts. We look forward to developing a long term relationship with Cardia to implement further environmentally friendly product initiatives that will benefit the Maldives."

Cardia Bioplastics Chairman, Richard Tegoni stated, "Cardia is continuing to see growth in global demand for our bag offering, the market is really starting to change. The Biohybrid™ bags are made in-house benefiting from our expansion of production capacity. The relationships that we are establishing with companies such as Truly Green are exciting, as they continue to expand our supply chains into new territories."

Ecoriginals launches eco baby nappy made from Cardia Compostable technology

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imageAustralian Ecoriginals and Cardia Bioplastics partnered to produce environmentally friendly, high quality and affordable eco baby nappies that are chiefly made from plant-based and compostable materials. Ecoriginals have launched their 'Ecoriginals Baby' nappies with the aim of capturing a share of the $500 million Australian nappy market.

This exciting partnership with Ecoriginals, an Australian company dedicated to the development of environmentally friendly baby care products, demonstrates further the diversity of Cardia's growing portfolio of innovative products for the consumer products market.

Under the arrangement, Cardia Compostable films are being back specified and used by Ecoriginals for their nappy back sheets and nappy packaging, making the nappy as a whole, a standout to environmentally and health conscious consumers. Cardia is also supplying Ecorginals with Cardia Compostable nappy bags and bin liners.

Ecoriginals is an innovative company, that builds its business on environmentally friendly products and we are proud to partner with them,said Cardia Bioplastics Managing Director Dr Frank Glatz. Collaborating with Ecoriginals presents an exciting opportunity to develop high performance compostable films and packaging to reduce the environmental footprint of their nappy products.

Our proprietary Biohybrid and Compostable hygiene films and packaging are important offerings in meeting the demanding product and packaging performance requirements of the global hygiene products market,†he said. Cardia Compostable resin and film technology enables businesses to reduce the use of fossil fuel in their products and packaging, as well as delivering compostability.

Ecoriginals co-founder Lisa Laing stated "We are confident that with the expertise of Cardia and the inclusion of their compostable films into our new Ecoriginals Baby"™ nappy product, we are bringing the latest technology to market for Australian parents."
"We hope to continue to grow the relationship between Ecoriginals and Cardia as we take on the existing nappy markets in Australia and overseas".

End of the road for landfill and incinerated plastics?

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image The large-scale incineration or dumping of plastic films in landfills could soon be a thing of the past as new technologies seek to convert plastics into fuels and other useful products.

Economic factors and fundamental difficulties with handling and sorting at recycling facilities has resulted in plastic film recycling still being in the early stages of development, especially in comparison to recycling processes for dense rigid plastics such as Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET) used widely in the drinks industry.

As a result, policy around the world has looked at alternative solutions to reduce the impact of plastic films, especially plastic bags, on the environment. Controversial policies have included the banning of single-use plastic bags and imposing charges on consumers.

However, Axion Consulting – a UK-based waste processing consultancy specialising in plastics recycling – believe it is now technically feasible and economically viable to begin the large scale collection of low grade plastic films for conversion into fuels and other recycled products.

Speaking at the 12th European Gasification Conference – organised by the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) in The Netherlands – Sam Haig, IChemE member and senior engineer at Axion Consulting, said: “Plastic films are lightweight and 2D in shape and can easily get mixed into other recycling streams, such as paper, causing contamination.

“They also have a tendency to get trapped in recycling machinery requiring regular maintenance. As a result, plastic films have been excluded from most public household waste collection schemes around the world.

“However, a new generation of machinery uses a flow of air to help detect and remove around 95 per cent of films from co-mingled kerbside waste collections1. The process is likely to be more economical and efficient than current machine-based and hand-picking operations. Importantly, the recycled films can be used for products including refuse sacks and signage for retailers.” 2

Haig continued: “Our analysis also suggests that it is now economically viable to convert low grade plastics into fuel. We studied five chemical engineering processes and concluded that three: fast pyrolysis; depolymerisation; and gasification with biological treatment provided significant financial returns over a ten year period.

“The more efficient sorting of films at recycling facilities and the conversion to fuels are clearly better solutions than disposal in landfills or by incineration. However, avoiding irresponsible disposal in the first place and increasing our efforts to re-use plastic films and bags should be the priority for everyone.”

Sam Haig was speaking at the 12th European Gasification Conference in Rotterdam, The Netherlands, 10–13 March 2014.

Tetra Pak launches first bio-based cap for gable top packages

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Manufactured using high density polyethylene (HDPE) derived from sugar cane, the bio-based version of TwistCap OSO 34 marks another step forward in Tetra Pak’s ambition to make fully renewable packages. In 2013, the company delivered 1.1 billion bio-caps globally, an increase of more than 80% over the previous year.

Bio-based TwistCap OSO 34

80% of the material in a one-litre Tetra Rex® carton is paperboard, which is made from wood, a renewable resource. By introducing the new bio-based cap, the content of renewable material in the package increases by an additional 4%, helping to further improve the environmental performance of the package without compromising its functionality or recyclability.

“Launches of bio-based caps have been appreciated by customers like Valio, the Finnish dairy who is the first to use the new version of TwistCap OSO 34 for its products,” said Christina Chester, Product Director at Tetra Pak. “We are glad that customers see value in our efforts to help them boost their environmental profile.”

Tetra Pak customers using the standard TwistCap OSO 34 can easily transfer to the bio-based version without the need for any additional investment or modification to their existing filling machines.​

Source: Tetrapak

European Parliament (ENVI Committee) vote on plastic bags paves the way for biodegradable and compostable plastic bags

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image Last night the European Parliament Environment Committee clearly voiced its support for decisive steps to reduce the consumption of lightweight plastic carrier bags in Europe. European Bioplastics supports the outcome of the vote, and the new provisions on biodegradable and compostable plastic carrier bags.

François de Bie, Chairman of European Bioplastics, commented: “We are very glad to see provisions that acknowledge the important contribution that biodegradable and compostable plastic bags can make to enhanced biowaste collection across the EU. Biodegradable bags that are EN13432 compliant can help Member States to reduce landfilling by diverting bio-waste from landfill to organic recycling. We now call on the Council of the European Union to support the provisions taken up by the Parliament and recognise the value that biodegradable plastic bags offer to European society”.

The report exempts very lightweight carrier bags (below 10 micron thickness) from the scope of any measures and requires their progressive replacement with biodegradable and com-postable bags. It also allows Member States with existing separate collection of biowaste to reduce the price of biodegradable and compostable lightweight carrier bags by up to 50 percent.

Source: European Bioplastics

Ahlstrom introduces Ahlstrom NatureMold(TM)

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image Ahlstrom introduces Ahlstrom NatureMold(TM), a biodegradable molding material for food packaging.

Ahlstrom, a global high performance fiber-based materials company, introduces Ahlstrom NatureMold(TM), a new biodegradable molding material for food packaging. This innovative and patent-pending product can be used for a range of food applications. Ahlstrom NatureMold(TM) combines environmental credentials, product differentiation, and performance all in one package.

Ahlstrom NatureMold(TM) provides a range of features that benefit food processors and their brands. Key benefits include heat resistance (up to 220°C/428°F), easy release, high wet strength, and the superior grease resistance thanks to our unique genuine vegetable parchment.

In addition, Ahlstrom's new molding material offers superior branding and differentiation properties with the possibility to watermark or dye Ahlstrom NatureMold(TM) with a range of hot food contact approved colors. True to Ahlstrom's commitment, NatureMold(TM) helps to advance sustainability. Ahlstrom NatureMold(TM) is produced from renewable resources with FSC(TM) certified pulp. It is the environmentally friendly alternative to molds and trays made from plastic or aluminum.

"The Ahlstrom NatureMold(TM) product line has great performance especially because of its grease resistance and easy release. The coloring and watermark options allow significant brand differentiation. Its sustainability credentials are compelling as all the materials are from renewable sources as well as biodegradable," explains Omar Hoek, EVP, Food.

Ahlstrom's Food business area is a global supplier of food packaging products with a leading market position, and it has seven production sites in four countries.

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The first glue stick with a plant-based container

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With the UHU stic ReNATURE, paper glueing is getting sustainable. The popular glue stick offers consumers a new and more environmentally friendly alternative to existing products – in an attractive design. The new UHU stic ReNATURE overcomes all challenges in the glueing of paper, carton, cardboard and styrofoam in the accustomed quality, showing that even a small product can make a substantial contribution to environmental protection and the saving of fossil resources.



More than 90% of the plastic produced today is made from crude oil, with an annual consumption of more than 250 million tons worldwide. Bioplastics are products made partially or even completely from plant-based raw materials.

58% of the UHU stic ReNATURE’s container consists of renewable raw materials (sugar cane based PE-HD). Replacing crude-oil-based with plant-based raw materials reduces the consumption of fossil resources by 48% and reduces the carbon footprint by 46%.** As well as being fully recyclable, the new UHU stic ReNATURE is solvent-free and 70% of the glue formula is nature-based. The practical screw cap prevents the glue from drying out and makes it last longer – quality “made in Germany”. Another ecological as well as economic advantage is that the UHU stic ReNATURE is far more efficient in its application and more economical than comparable products.

At UHU, we attach a great deal of importance to sustainable business. But the quality of our products is just as important as their environmental compatibility and the safety of their usage and disposal by consumers – particularly since our glue sticks enjoy great popularity with the very smallest users. Stic ReNATURE – the UHU initiative for a more sustainable world – will be available in the shops from January 2014.

Our initiative has already been rewarded: the UHU stic ReNATURE has received the Österreichisches Umweltzeichen für Produkte (the official Austrian environmental label for products), which is a hallmark of high environmental standards, quality and product safety.

The Austrian Ministry of Life officially awards products, that not only fulfil a wide range of environmental criteria; they must also meet several other requirements, such as fitness for purpose and quality. The criteria are regularly updated in order to guarantee a continually high quality standard. In order to ensure transparency, every four years an independent expert assessment verifies that the environmental guidelines are being adhered to.

Recipients of the Austrian environmental label send a clear signal that they support and practise sustainable business methods. The Austrian environmental label lets consumers know straight away that a product represents high quality, sustainability and responsibility. Stic RENATURE - the UHU initiative for a more sustainable world.

* Container from 58% plant-based raw material.
** Compared to the standard UHU stic averaged above the total lifecycle.
*** Information in accordance with “Internal UHU standard test “mechanical performance”, Nov. 2011

Source: Bioplastics Magazine

Biocarbonates: Sensible and cost-effective use of CO2

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image Creavis, the strategic innovation unit of Evonik, has been developing a solution for several years as part of a publicly-funded project called H2ECO2 which was supported by the State of North Rhine-Westphalia and the European Union.

"Our goal is to develop new products and/or processes that use CO2 as a feedstock, reduce emissions, and, are profitable," explains Dr. Daniela Kruse, Head of the Resource Efficient Chemistry Growth Line. CO2 is used as a feedstock in the production of "Biocarbonates". With these carbonates less CO2 is emitted throughout the whole life cycle compared to established products.

The production process is based on soybean oil, which is esterified in the presence of a biodiesel catalyst from Evonik. Next, epoxides are formed using hydrogen peroxide from Evonik. The final step is a carbonation reaction with CO2.

"Biocarbonates" can be used in many applications such as plasticizers for PVC and also as oil additives. In close cooperation with the Coatings & Additives and Advanced Intermediates Business Units these application fields are being studied.

Succinity produces first commercial quantities of biobased succinic acid

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image Succinity GmbH, the joint venture between Corbion Purac and BASF for the production and commercialization of biobased succinic acid, has announced the successful start-up of its first commercial production facility. The plant, located at the Corbion Purac site in Montmeló, Spain, has an annual capacity of 10,000 metric tons and is producing commercial quantities of biobased succinic acid for the global market. In addition to this first facility, Succinity plans a second large-scale facility. The final investment decision for this facility will be made following a successful market introduction.

"The start-up of our first facility for Succinity® biobased succinic acid represents a key milestone in our plan to become a major producer of biobased succinic acid in the future," comments Philipp Walter, Managing Director of Succinity. "The combined experiences of the team in Montmeló and the support from Corbion Purac and BASF have ensured the achievement of this important milestone within schedule. With the facility in Spain we will be able to serve the growing succinic acid market."

The Succinity process is based on renewable raw materials and fixes carbon dioxide. The proprietary microorganism Basfia succiniciproducens allows for a flexible usage of different feedstocks. Furthermore, Succinity biobased succinic acid can be produced efficiently without major waste streams thanks to a closed-loop process. An elaborate downstream processing method ensures the production of high quality biobased succinic acid.

Based on technological advances and an increased need for renewable intermediates in different application fields, BASF and Corbion Purac have been working on the development of biobased succinic acid since 2009. Biobased succinic acid features a significantly improved carbon footprint compared to conventional, fossil-based succinic acid or other dicarboxylic acids. Biobased succinic acid is a versatile building block with a significant market potential in the chemical intermediates market. It can be used in a variety of potential applications, such as bio-polymers (e.g. Polybutylene succinate, PBS), polyurethanes, coatings and life science products.

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Cardia Bioplastics receives IAIR Green Excellence Award

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Cardia Bioplastics Limited is pleased to announce that it has been awarded the IAIR Green Excellence Award. IAIR Awards is one of the world's leading ranking and prize for excellence in global economy and sustainability.

After conducting a global survey of 50,000 readers, the IAIR â€" Global Economy & Sustainability announced Cardia Bioplastics as the winner in the category of Leadership in Innovation & Sustainability in Packaging for Asia Pacific.
For a company with humble beginnings in Australia that has grown to an international leader in bioplastics, this Award is further confirmation of Cardia's ability to develop leading sustainable solutions.

With an intellectual property portfolio of 11 patent families and 12 patents so far granted in key markets, Cardia, with its customers, has commercialised a wide range of innovative products made with its proprietary bioplastics technology. Products include air cushion packaging made from renewable resources, compostable ice cream sticks replacing wooden ones, soft and compostable nappy product and packaging films, compostable food and coffee packaging, cutlery made from renewable resources for snack food industry, Biohybrid films for bulk water packaging replacing rigid plastic containers, cosmetics and nutritional packaging made with less oil.

Dr Frank Glatz, Cardia Bioplastics Managing Director who received the Award on behalf of Cardia in Hong Kong on 28 February said, "We are very excited to have been awarded the IAIR Green Excellence Award in Sustainable Packaging. It really does cement Cardia's reputation for leadership in innovation and sustainability in packaging.
"We hope that this will demonstrate the diversity and long term possibilities of bioplastics" continues Dr Glatz.

The Awards ceremony will be followed by an IAIR AWARDS 2014 road show, which will see Awards recipients promoted at the London Stock Exchange, in New York and Sao Paulo.
Cardia Bioplastics is in good company, with past IAIR award recipients including companies such as Toyota, Panasonic, Johnson & Johnson, Danone, L'Oreal, Sony, Adidas, Canon, Samsung, Ikea, Harvard, Mayo Clinic, UPS, Siemens, Nestle, Microsoft, Starbucks, Deutsche Bank, Morgan Stanley, Bank of China, Rockefeller, Rothschild, Vodafone, Novartis, BASF, Daimler, Royal Dutch Shell, Christian Dior, FedEx, Cartier and Citibank.