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10-11-2016

Five Finalists for the 11th Global Bioplastics Award

The international trade publication bioplastics Magazine presents the five finalists for the 11th Global Bioplastics Award. Five judges from the academic world, the press and industry associations from America, Europe and Asia have chosen the five most promising submissions. The Global Bioplastics Award recognizes innovation, success and achievements by manufacturers, processors, brand owners, or users of bioplastic materials. To be eligible for consideration in the awards scheme the proposed company, product, or service must have been developed or have been on the market during 2015 or 2016.

The following companies/products are shortlisted (without any ranking) and from these five finalists the winner will be announced during the 11th European Bioplastics Conference on November 29h, 2016 in Berlin, Germany:

One contender for the Bioplastics Award 2016: a 100% bio-PET polyester shirt (© FENC)

  • Far Eastern New Century - FENC (Taiwan): World First 100% Bio-PET Polyester Shirts. These state-of-the-art shirts are made entirely from plant-based material in a 9-step conversion. They are estimated to reduce more than 40 % carbon dioxide emissions as environmentally friendly products.
  • Rodenburg and Mars (The Netherlands): Candybar-wrapper made from (waste potato) starch based film. The starch compound for the packaging material consists mainly of starch derived from potato cutting waste – which doesn’t compete with food or animal feedstock - and some PLA. Taghleef manufactured the film on an existing BOPP, while Mondi printed the packaging; it took four production trials before an acceptable packaging film was manufactured.
  • BASF (Germany): New compostable particle foam. ecovio EA foam product is predo-minantly bio-based (>70 %). Made from BASF’s biodegradable polyester ecoflex® and PLA, it is the first expandable, closed cell particle foam developed as a drop-in solution for Expandable Polystyrene (EPS) and Expanded Polypropylene (EPP) customers.
  • Corbion, Global Bio-Polymers and Maxrich (The Netherlands/Thailand): Root protection container for rubber trees. The bioplastic container based on Corbion Purac’s PLA and other biopolymers provides an alternative to the existing options of PE bag / PP cone. The bioplastic cone offers the benefits of directed root growth (promoting longer tree life and increasing economic value per tree) combined with biodegradability at end of life (no need to cut off the container, thus reducing the current root damage yield loss created during container removal when outplanting).
  • Treeson Spring Water (USA): Renewable and recyclable water bottle - a holistic concept. The bottles are made of a PLA mixture that Carlton developed together with a manufacturer. It is 100 % toxin free and is certified free of any GMOs. The labels are made from 100 % post consumer recycled materials and are completely safe for the environment.
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