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FKuR and Corbion Purac in partnership to develop heat resistant PLA compounds

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image The Bioplastic Specialist FKuR Kunststoff GmbH and Corbion Purac, global market leader in lactic acid, lactic acid derivatives and lactides, have joined forces to develop PLA (Poly Lactic Acid) compounds for both heat resistant and GMO-free applications.

FKuR and Corbion are targeting new bioplastic compounds for applications which include both food and non-food packaging, as well as several durable products e.g. toys, office supplies. In particular, Corbion and FKuR will be working to develop those applications where high temperature resistance is required, which, until now, could not work with many standard bioplastics. In order to develop new markets for PLA, both partners have agreed to a common development.

Historically, PLA´s greatest challenge has been withstanding higher temperatures. In ambient conditions during the summer, for example, unmodified PLA´s can experience difficulty maintaining dimensional stability in higher temperatures. In addition to heat resistant compounds, an additional focus is the optimization of mechanical properties to increase the range of applications, and to adapt the polymers to run on existing processing equipment. A part of the development project was also to reduce the cycle time of PLA, particularly during injection molding. 

After the initial highly promising trials in October 2013, FKuR has begun systematic testing using PLA based on lactides from Corbion in its formulations. One of the first commercial applications resulting from this development work is a heat resistant thermoformed food tray, produced from Bio-Flex® F 6611 by Plastisud (Italy).

Edmund Dolfen, CEO of FKuR pointed out: "We are very excited about this strategic partnership with Corbion Purac and the technical capabilities of the PLA which offers us incomparable opportunities to design high engineered bio-compounds."

"FKuR, a recognized leading player in the development and production of bioplastics, is the right partner for Corbion Purac to develop compounds thus taking PLA further. By bringing together our expertise and combining our research strengths, we can develop biobased performance compounds to rival traditional fossil plastics," said François de Bie, Marketing Director PLA Bioplastics at Corbion Purac.

Corbion Purac's lactide monomers are sourced from GMO free, renewable feedstocks such as sugarcane, and form the basis for high performance Poly Lactic Acid bioplastics (PLA). The resulting homopolymers have already been proven to withstand boiling water, and can now boast performance characteristics to rival their oil-based counterparts. As a result, PLA can replace oil-based plastics and alleviate our dependency on fossil fuels.

Source: Purac

Meredian, Inc. Receives Impressive Total of Six Vinçotte Certifications for Biodegradability

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Meredian, Inc., the world’s largest producer of PHA (polyhydroxyalkanoate), has received four certifications and two statements of biodegradability from Vinçotte International, headquartered in Vilvoorde, Belgium. Meredian, Inc. is the only company in the world to receive these certifications of biodegradability in all six mediums. The approval of these certifications further serves to highlight Meredian Inc.’s mission to create the most ecologically sound biodegradable plastic on the market.

“Gone are the days of filled landfills, here are the days of sustainability and ecological responsibility. Thanks greatly in part to the achievements being made by Meredian, Inc.”

“We are thrilled to announce our receipt of four certifications and two statements of biodegradability from Vinçotte International. These certifications ensure that our products are leading the industry in advancements that will make a remarkable difference in the world of bioplastics,” said Dr. Paul Pereira, Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors at Meredian, Inc. Meredian’s many Vinçotte certifications help welcome a new and exciting period for this impressive company. Over 150 patents and applications have helped establish Meredian, Inc. as the world-leader in reactive extrusion and PHA biopolymer applications, and these certifications are just another stride forward.

These certifications guarantee that Meredian Inc.’s products are biodegradable by all six mediums: anaerobic, soil, freshwater, marine, industrial composting and home composting. Meaning that Meredian’s FDA food contact approved PHA can decay in essentially any compost situation, even home compost situations that tend to have lower temperatures. In demonstrating this biodegradability, Meredian, Inc. showcases their readiness to move forward in producing a bioplastic that will change the way the world views plastics.

“Our PHA formula aims at meeting the needs of consumers who are conscious of the impact that they have on the environment. By creating a plastic that is biodegradable by all six mediums, Meredian, Inc. hopes to continue our mission of sustainability that is accessible by all,” says Dr. Paul Pereira. "Gone are the days of filled landfills, here are the days of sustainability and ecological responsibility. Thanks greatly in part to the achievements being made by Meredian, Inc."

Source: Danimer Scientific: Sustainably Produced Biodegradable Bioplastics

World first: Bio valve for coffee packaging

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Wipf AG launches the world's first biocompostable valve. The WICOVALVE® W606E was developed especially for the coffee industry and can be composted pursuant to industrial standard EN 13432 in combination with biodegradable laminates. This innovation is yet another milestone introduced in the centennial year of Wipf AG.

image The WICOVALVE® W606E is premiering at Interpack in Düsseldorf from 8 to 14 May 2014. This world debut addresses the growing demand for biopackaging.

The WICOVALVE® valve technology has been systematically refined in the past 30 years to attain the highest conceivable quality standards. Thanks to a failure rate of less than 0.01%, comprehensive functionality, and a shelf life of three years, the valves represent the widely accepted benchmark today.

The extensive range of valves has now been ideally complemented with the biocompostible W606E. It is based on the highly popular W606 coffee valve and is designed for heat-sealing. In combination with biocompostable laminate materials, the coffee roaster can now offer a packaging system that is totally biodegradable and provides optimized protection of whole-bean coffee against aroma loss.

The WICOVALVE® W606E is premiering at Interpack in Düsseldorf from 8 to 14 May 2014. This world debut addresses the growing demand for biopackaging.

Source: Wipf Innovative Packaging Solutions

Invista launches bio-derived Lycra

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image Invista has today launched a brand new bio-derived Lycra made of 70 per cent bio-based renewable raw materials, which is the only commercially available bio-derived spandex currently on the market. Invista says it plans to make 300 – 400 tons of this fibre in 2014, which is enough to go into tens of millions of garments worldwide. Arnaud Tandonnet, Invista global sustainability director speaks to John Mowbray.

Source: Ecotextile News

Teknor Apex Wins SPI’s 2014 Innovation in Bioplastics Award

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image The Plastics Industry Trade Association will present the second annual Innovation in Bioplastics Award to Teknor Apex for the development of Terraloy® PLA compounds which exhibit both high impact and heat resistant properties. SPI’s Bioplastics Council noted that Teknor Apex’s free-flowing resins, used in both injection molding and extrusion/thermoforming processes, streamlines the PLA crystallization process, eliminating the post-annealing or post-crystallization process. The award will be presented during the Biopolymers Symposium in Philadelphia, May 12-13, 2014.

"Teknor Apex is honored to receive the Innovation Award from the SPI Bioplastics Council," said Edwin Tam, manager of new strategic initiatives. "The work of our Terraloy technical team, headed by technical manager Greg Anderson, along with our research partner Cerestech Inc., has enabled us to enhance polylactic acid in areas such as heat resistance, impact resistance and processability while retaining key bioplastic values such as FDA compliance, high bio-based content, and compostability."
Tam cited a life cycle analysis showing that Teknor Apex's Terraloy PLA compounds with high heat distortion temperatures produced 125 percent less greenhouse gas than high-impact polystyrene and 40 percent less than low-density polyethylene.

Teknor Apex was selected by a panel of three authoritative industry representatives from SPI’s Bioplastics Council looking for products that exhibited innovation, sustainability and would have an impact on the market. Other award finalists included Arkema, Bondable Biopolymers, Genpak, Newlight Technologies and SUPLA.

“It is so exciting that the SPI announces this prestigious award at the Biopolymers Symposium,” said Barbara Fowler, conference director for Smithers Rapra.  “Teknor Apex has a long history of innovations in bioplastics and truly deserves this recognition.”

“Innovations such as this are what keeps the plastics industry on the cutting edge of technology,” added SPI President and CEO William R. Carteaux.

The Innovation in Bioplastics awards program, launched by SPI’s Bioplastic Council in 2013, recognizes outstanding innovation in unique and creative application of bioplastics materials, products or processes by a company. Entries are judged on innovation, sustainability benefits and impact on the marketplace.

Source: SPI - Society of the Plastics Industry

Natureworks Packaging selects Cardia Bioplastics as partner to develop bag and waste management products for the Australian and international markets

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Cardia Bioplastics Limited is pleased to announce that it has partnered with Natureworks Packaging to increase sales of compostable and Biohybrid™ bag and waste management products in the Australian and international markets.


Natureworks Packaging is an Australian supplier of biodegradable packaging and products to Australia and Asia. Together with its international partners, Natureworks Packaging produce and supply biodegradable and compostable shopping bags, trash bags, cups, lids, labelling, containers, packaging wrap and other items.

Cardia Bioplastics and Natureworks Packaging have an established relationship with Natureworks having placed orders for $200,000 of Cardia Bioplastics bag and waste management products during the last 12 months, which were sold through their extensive sales force. The two companies are further cementing their relationship to further develop the Australian and international sustainable packaging, waste management and retail markets with a range of compostable and Biohybrid™ products.

Natureworks Packaging Managing Director, Peter Errichetti said, “The technical performance and environmental integrity of our products is paramount and at the core of our business – Cardia Bioplastics technology exceeds the high standards we’ve set. We are therefore delighted to have secured a strategic supply relationship with Cardia for our Australian and international customers. We look forward to a long-term relationship with Cardia.”



Dr Frank Glatz, Cardia Bioplastics Managing Director said, “The Australian market presents an excellent growth opportunity for Cardia Bioplastics and we are very excited about developing a new distribution channel through our relationship with an innovative company such as Natureworks Packaging. Both our fully certified Cardia Compostable bags and waste management products as well as our proprietary Biohybrid™ technology are ideal for the Australian and international market and we look forward to working with Natureworks Packaging to capture market share. We are continuing to see increased demand globally for our resins, films and finished products.”

Cardia Bioplastics and Natureworks Packaging are exhibiting at Waste 2014 conference in Coffs Harbour, Australia, 6 - 8 May to present their offering to the Australian Council and waste management industry.

About Natureworks Packaging

Natureworks Packaging Australia (NPA) is a supplier of biodegradable packaging and products to Australia and Asia. Natureworks Packaging together with its international partners produce and supply biodegradable and compostable shopping bags, trash bags, cups, lids, labelling, containers, packaging wrap and other items. Our range of environmentally sound products totals nearly 300 and growing, which means there are few areas of packaging that we cannot assist in providing an alternative to petroleum based items.

About Cardia Bioplastics

Cardia Bioplastics Limited (ASX CODE: CNN) develops, manufactures and markets its patented renewable resource-based materials and finished products derived from Cardia’s proprietary technology for the global packaging and plastic products industries. The company holds a strong patent portfolio and its growth is fuelled by the global trend towards sustainable packaging. Established in Australia in 2002 as Biograde, the company Headquarters and Global Applications Development Centre is in Melbourne, Australia. Cardia Bioplastics’ Product Development Centre and manufacturing plant for resins and finished goods are in Nanjing, China; with further offices in Australia, China, USA, Brazil and Malaysia, and a network of leading distributors across the Americas, Asia and Europe.