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Highlights: NPE Review | 08 Shopping bags | 10 Bottles | 20

Natural product – natural packaging If you’re selling fresh produce, why not choose a straight-from-nature packaging! biophan is a fully biodegradable product made from starch, which micro-organisms convert into CO2 and H2O during composting. biophan is not only naturally biodegradable, it also has outstanding packaging qualities. When wrapped in breathable biophan, fresh produce stays fresh longer and the packaging’s crackling sound enhances the freshness impression. biophan’s high gloss and transparency also add to the appeal of fresh produce. Back-to-nature packaging with big benefits for your produce!

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dear readers The first issue of bioplastics MAGAZINE was a big success. We printed 4,000 copies, and mailed about 2,500 to qualified readers in 71 countries around the world. The rest was distributed on different conferences and exhibitions, such as the NPE in Chicago.

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Many of you gave us a very positive feedback and also valuable hints how to improve bioplastics MAGAZINE. Please continue to do so and let us know what you would like to read in the coming issues of this publication. Informative editorial contributions are always welcome. In this issue you’ll find a review of bioplastics activities at the NPE exhibition in Chicago. Further major subjects are shopping bags and bottles. In Germany for example the first PLA bottle for slightly carbonated beverages with a completely compostable cap was introduced on 1 September. A number of qualified contributions give us quite a good opportunity to “look out of the own box” and learn about the legislative and market situation in different countries like Belgium, Canada, USA or India. Please visit our website at for up to date information on events, career opportunities etc. We hope you enjoy reading the second issue of bioplastics MAGAZINE and find valuable information for your business.

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Shopping bags – a big opportunity for bioplastics

Twin screw extrusion systems for biobased resins 14

Preforms for PLA bottles 16

First PLA bottle in Germany 20

Biophan lid film for fresh food 22

05 The first brick in a Domino Toppling

Degradable Plastics - A Canadian Perspective 24

Federal Agencies in the USA shall buy bioplastics products 28

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Bioplastics – a highlight at NPE 2006 in Chicago

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SPAR Austria enhances “freshness” of produce with NatureWorks PLA Building on its reputation for innovation and customer convenience, grocery store chain SPAR Austria is packaging organic apples, pears and tomatoes in rigid trays sealed with a flow wrap film, all made from NatureWorks® PLA. “NatureWorks PLA is helping SPAR capitalize on the increasing consumer demand for both conveniently packaged fresh produce, as well as for the innovation that help them make more environmentally responsible purchases,” says Herbert Wandl, Purchasing Manager for fruit and vegetables at Spar Austria. While NatureWorks PLA offers performance that is competitive with traditional plastics, it also offers a significant brand advantage. According to Lisa Owen, global business leader for rigid packaging, NatureWorks LLC, “NatureWorks PLA provides retailers with a natural and convenient packaging solution for their customers. At first glance, consumers view NatureWorks PLA packaging as just another plastic container. Once they find out it‘s made from maize, however, consumers find the package and the product inside even more appealing.”

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Two packaging manufacturers supply the transparent rigid tray and flowwrap. Italian thermoformer, ILPA, produces the rigid trays and punnets while film manufacturer, Treofan, headquartered in Germany, supplies the flow wrap film, trademarked Biophan, made from NatureWorks PLA. According to SPAR, the increased freshness of products in PLA packaging may go beyond consumer perception. Wandl reports that the shelf-life of tomatoes, biologic apples and pears packed in PLA is 10 to 15 percent longer than that of conventionally packed fruit. To educate consumers about the benefits of PLA packaging, SPAR places an informational label on the outside of each package. The label indicates that the origin of the packaging is maize, promotes compostability and captures shoppers‘ attention.,

BASF to raise prices for its biodegradable plastic Ecoflex As of September 1 of this year, BASF is going to implement in Europe a 20 % price increase for Ecoflex, a completely biodegradable plastic. This measure has become necessary before the backdrop of drastic increases in the raw material and energy costs in recent months. The biodegradable copolyester Ecoflex belongs to the PlasticsPlus product line of the Styrenics Operating Division. This product is employed primarily in blends. These are combinations of renewable raw materials such as starch, cellulose or polylactic acid with a biodegradable, synthetic polymer like Ecoflex. Examples of applications include shopping bags, organic garbage sacks, mulch film for agriculture and all kinds of packaging for food products.

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News New Issue of Study will be published

Bioplastics - Processing Parameters and Technical Properties

Purchase adds biodegradable plastics capabilities

Hycail now with Tate & Lyle Tate & Lyle’s April 2006 acquisition of the assets and intellectual property of Hycail BV, a Dutch company previously owned by Dairy Farmers of America, strengthens the company in the field of industrial ingredients from renewable resources. Hycail has developed technology to produce polylactic acid (PLA). “An increased desire for biodegradable products, coupled with rising oil prices, is driving demand for new environmentally-friendly plastics,” says Clive Rutherford, Chief Executive, Food & Industrial Ingredients, Europe. “The PLA business is an excellent fit with our Group strategy to develop value-added ingredients from renewable resources.” The Hycail purchase includes a PLA pilot plant in Noordhorn, the Netherlands; and Hycail Finland Oy, a research branch in Turku, Finland which also provides technical service to Scandinavian customers. Hycail has developed several grades of PLA polymers and resins, each with a unique functionality. “The ability to produce variations of PLA makes it possible to provide customers with a wide range of biodegradable packaging,” says Dr. Michael Harrison, Global Director, Industrial R&D. “The combination of Hycail PLA technologies has the potential for the development of a completely compostable plastic packaging solution.” Tate & Lyle, a global company with operations predominantly in Europe, the Americas and Asia, provides ingredients, ingredient solutions and services to food, beverage and industrial customers.,

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The Institute for Recycling (IfR) of the University of Applied Sciences Braunschweig/Wolfenbüttel, Germany and the international market portal announced the publication of a new issue of the study „Bioplastics - Processing Parameters and Technical Properties“ of globally available thermoplastic biopolymers. The study will be presented for the first time at the InnoBioplast conference in Bangkok from September 21–24, 2006. Available in German and English language, the study can be downloaded at after September 22, 2006. Main subject of the report is a comprehensive, comparing compilation of the technical properties and the processing parameters of biodegradable plastics. The report also considers non-degradable plastics, as long as these are made mainly on the basis of renewable resources. More than 40 polymers of almost 30 manufacturers were processed into test specimens at the Institute for Recycling (IfR). All tests were performed in the laboratories of the institute on a multitude of different testing equipment. The technical properties were determined according to the requirements of current DIN standards. The study addresses mainly producers, converters and users who are planning to start processing bioplastics, as well as all interested parties, that want to gather an overview about these materials, their properties, prices and applications.


Huhtamaki awarded Silver Huhtamaki’s PLA dessert cup successful in the annual UK Starpack competition Huhtamaki is a leading manufacturer of consumer and specialty packaging, with its headquarter in Espoo, Finland. In April 2006, Huhtamaki launched a new dessert cup range made from NatureWorks PLA. Bespoke to a major UK retailer, the cup range includes 7 cups in the sizes from 71mm in diameter with 180ml capacity to 126mm in diameter and 1000ml capacity, and 4 lid sizes. The biodegradable dessert cups are thermoformed, unprinted and sealed. Some also have a snap on lid, also of PLA. Starpack is co-ordinated by IOP: The Packaging Society (a Division of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining) and IOM Communications Ltd. The Starpack Awards scheme has been running since 1960 and is the premiere UK annual award scheme recognizing innovation in packaging design and technology. In 2006, Starpack broke all records with 850 entries received across all 4 main categories. Judging of the entries took place in April and the awards were presented on July 5.

Award wining cups and plates “Huhtamaki’s new dessert cup was judged to be awarded silver for best component and best use of innovative material”, says Jez Allman, Huhtamaki’s General Manager for Consumer Goods Sales in Gosport, UK. “Our new dessert cup range is a forerunner in future packaging as the consumers are getting more environmental conscious. That we were awarded silver shows that biodegradable packaging is being taken seriously in the industry.” Huhtamaki’s BioWare PLA dessert cups are perfectly clear and sturdy, well suited for serving chilled desserts and other food products.

BioWare cutlery in sturdy, future friendly material Cutlery made from Mater-Bi is a new addition to the abovementioned cups and plates. Ideal for quick service restaurants, catering, outdoor and mass events, the new Mater-Bi cutlery is produced in the popular Super Party shape. The knife and fork are sturdy yet lightweight. Crack resistance and flexibility are substantial features of the cutleries - making them extra good and safe to use, as the company states. The new BioWare cutleries are made from Mater-Bi, a compostable biopolymer based on renewable raw materials such as corn starch. Two vegetable extracts and one polymer have been added to the modified molecular structure obtaining a bioplastic raw material that is extremely adaptable and versatile. This functional cutlery is suitable for hot food and can be colored with natural pigments, heat laminated to paper, cardboard, cotton and other natural fibers, and can even be sterilized with the help of gamma rays. The interest for environmentally sound tableware is increasing: Huhtamaki is committed to develop the BioWare range further. As Huhtamaki point out, the BioWare range offers retailers and brand owners, as well as foodservice operators a natural way to invest in their environmental image and support the consumers wanting to make a conscious choice.,

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Review NPE, The International Plastics Showcase

Bioplastics – a highlight at NPE 2006 in Chicago The triennial “National Plastics Exhibition” NPE 2006 in Chicago, held from June 19 to 23 this year for the 25th time has long become “The International Pastics Showcase” as the organizers call it. NPE 2006 attracted a total of 64,451 registrations and set new records for international participation. The total of international visitor registrations was 33% larger than in 2003 and accounted for 24% of all visitor registrations for NPE 2006. A total of 1,850 companies exhibited at NPE 2006, taking 88,210 m² of net exhibit space.

Due to the international development in the recent months and years it was no surprise, that bioplastics played an important role at this exhibition.

On the machine manufacturer side Leistritz presented high speed, energy input (HSEI) twin screw extruders for bioplastics (see separate article on page 14).

International Degradable Plastics Symposium Preceding NPE an International Degradable Plastics Symposium was sponored by the BioEnvironmental Polymer Society (BEPS) and the Society of the Plastics Industry (SPI) at McCormick Place, the same location as NPE. In more than 60 presentations, some of which rather academic but many quite useful for this industry, experts from the USA and from all over the world shared their knowledge with about 200 attendees.

At NPE a number of companies showed their products and developments in the field of bioplastics. Some of these are summarised in this article. Econeer from Korea for example presented Kondorax, a product made of wheat flour with a fibre component prepared from rice, wheat straw or paper mill sludge. Ecopol, a kind of aliphatic and aromatic polyester can be used as liquid coating for wheat flour-based products or paper. Other applications of Ecopol are films, hot melt adhesives or even textiles such as tablecloth. Ecopol can be injection moulded to products like cutlery or toothbrushes or blowmoulded into bottles. Both Kondorax and Ecopol are 100% made from renewable resources and fully biodegradable.

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DuPont announced that they are moving forward with plans to produce new high-performance thermoplastic resins and elastomer products made with renewable resources. The products will be targeted for automotive, electrical/electronic and other industrial markets. Intermediates for the DuPont engineering thermoplastics Sorona® and thermoplastic polyester elastomers Hytrel® made with renewable resources will be made from corn sugar instead of petroleum, using a patented and proprietary process. The key ingredient in Sorona is Bio-PDO™, which replaces petrochemical-based 1,3propanediol (PDO). The new Hytrel, produced using a new DuPont polyol made with Bio-PDO Sorona polymer for industrial applications, will be commercially available in mid-2007; and the renewably sourced Hytrel grades will be available in late 2007.

Review The NCAUR (National Center for Agricultural Utilization) a major research center of USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) informed about electroactive biopolymers. These are a new class of materials representing conductivity in plastics at levels comparable to conventional metals; these materials are produced using only natural polymers.

Metabolix, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA uses sophisticated biotechnology to produce plastics materials from renewable resources. Metabolix is a world leader in applying the advanced tools of metabolic engineering and molecular biology to efficiently produce PHA (polyhydroxyalkanoates) Natural Plastics in microbial systems. The company has a strategic alliance with Archer, Daniels, Midland to produce these innovative materials via fermentation. Metabolix’s second platform technology, direct production in non-food crop plants such as switchgrass, is under development.

At the exhibiton stand of Ecopur, Mexico ecological polyurethane was the subject. While castor oil is well recognized as the one and only 100% natural polyol as a raw material for polyurethane, Ecopur go one step further: They offer polyester rigid polyols based on soy bean oil and PETresin with a variety in the characteristics fitted to different applications.

Rejuven8™ is one of the products presented by Spartech Corporation of Clayton, Missouri, USA. Made from 99% NatureWorks PLA, Rejuven8 is a custom sheet and rollstock product specifically developed for thermoforming applications. It has excellent clarity and die cutting characteristics and is relatively easy to thermoform and RF (radio frequency) seal. Its unique properties, however, also allow it to function well for many printed applications, as the company states. Rejuven8 is very well suited for food packaging, drinking cup, and tableware applications. The other product, Rejuven8Plus™ made from 95% NatureWorks PLA, was specifically developed for graphic art and printed applications although it also works well in most thermoforming processes. The unique alloy material has performance enhanced physical properties over standard PLA with impact properties similar to PET. Through secondary processing, Rejuven8Plus can be made to have raised „heat resistance“ properties to well over 65°C versus the 40°C - 50°C maximum temperature resistance possessed by standard PLA material. Typical applications for Rejuven8Plus are consumer packaging, gift and phone cards, and plant tags.

PSM North America presented Plastarch Material (abbreviated PSM), a biodegradable resin made from corn starch. PSM consists of more than 80% corn starch, and it can completely return to nature after being used. PSM raw material and finished goods are ideal for a wide variety of applications including food packaging, industrial packaging, medical products and disposable items.

Hertiage Bag Company’s new 100% biodegradable (ASTM1 D-6400 certified) BioTufTM compost bags were showcased at BASF’s exhibition stand. BioTuf compost bags are being utilized in organic diversion programs throughout the US and Canada. As compared to other biodegradable compost bags Heritage’s BioTuf has a much greater load capacity and is more economical in price. Heritage Plastics, a division of Heritage Bag Company also exhibited at the NPE reporting rapid sales growth of BioTuf compound to many private extruders in US and Canada. Heritage’s BioTuf compound was designed to process on conventional PE extruders with extremely high line/production efficiency.

Hallink, based in Cambridge, Ontario, Canada, provides complete turnkey solutions for PET and PLA bottle makers and bottlers throughout the western hemisphere and around the world. From specification, installation and training, to fully-tested production and after-market service, Hallink is a single source for state-of-the-art, moulds, change parts, SBM and injection moulding machines for PET and PLA. 1

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Shopping bags –


hopping bags made of plastics is certainly a field of application with a huge potential for bioplastics. estimates 500 billion to one trillion plastic bags are consumed worldwide every year. In the USA alone, an estimated 12 million barrels of oil are required to produce the 100 billion bags consumed annually. In Germany about 80,000 tonnes of plastic resin are converted into shopping bags each year. Up to now, just a small amount of these bags are made of plastics based on renewable resources and compostable plastics. Different reasons, such as littering in some countries, the attempt to support the agricultural industry or simply to support sustainability in others, lead to different approaches in legislation.

Legislative attempts In some of these countries taxes on shopping bags have been introduced. In March 2002, the Republic of Ireland, for example, became the first country to introduce a plastic bag tax, or PlasTax. Since 2003 a law in Taiwan requires restaurants, supermarkets and convenience stores to charge customers for plastic bags and utensils. Other countries that have banned or have started a discussion to take measures discouraging the use of plastic bags include Australia, Bangladesh, Canada, Scotland, Italy, South Africa, Kenya, Mumbai (formerly Bombay), India and Tanzania. In France, large supermarket chains like Auchan or Leclerc started to stop giving out plastic bags for free – a first step to reduce the number of plastic bags. 15 billion plastic bags were used in France in 2003, declining to 12 billion in 2004 and 9 billion in 2005. Late last year, the lower house of the French Parliament passed an amendment to an agricultural provisions bill, which initially intended to ban all plastics packaging by 2010 unless made from biodegradable materials. The amendment was later modified in the French senate, so that now by 2010 all supermarket plastic checkout-bags have to be made of biodegradable material. This legislative measure “has already created a noticeable impetus for market development”, says Stefano Facco, as representative of Club Bioplastique in France. He stated that the French agricultural and local industry will increasingly profit from this legislation. He gave encouragement to follow this example and develop further initiatives to support the market introduction of bioplastics at both European Union and member state level. With all these activities in mind, one should not forget the initial idea behind the plastic shopping bag. A consumer shall be able to go out for shopping without any provisions made to carry his or her purchases home. Otherwise, the old shopping basket or tote would be the most economical solution. Photos: BASF


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a big opportunity for bioplastics Bioplastics on the advance Shopping bags made of bioplastics are clearly on the advance. BioBag International as. (formerly Polargruppen), headquartered in Askim, Norway, for example produces and sells several million shopping bags made of Mater-Bi material per year worldwide. In addition to two manufacturing facilities in Norway and Belgium (in close cooperation with Jemaco NV) BioBag is present in 18 countries. Jorn Johansen of BioBag is convinced that biodegradable bags (shopping bags as well as waste bags and other film products for agricultural and technical applications) is becoming an important part of their business.

Photo: BioBag International

The German company Holm Folienverarbeitung, is one of the suppliers with the biggest number of bioplastic shopping bags produced in Germany, as H.M. Holm, owner of the company says. This pioneer in this business has already been producing biodegradable plastic bags for 15 years, including some export activities to The Netherlands, Australia and the United Arab Emirates. Most of Holm’s bags are not the lightweight single use checkout bags as they are found in many countries. In Germany, the heavier reusable bags are much more common. “Even if these bags made of bioplastics are more expensive than fossil based plastic bags, many of our customers like the benefit of these bags being used as a conveyor for marketing messages” as H.M. Holm comments. A very successful bag is the so-called “Happy Bag” in close cooperation with natura packaging, that shows a photograph of fresh strawberries on one side and an empty field on the other, where e.g. small shops such as farm greengrocery stores can print their own logo. One big customer of biodegradable bags is the outdoor equipment supplier “Globetrotter”. Customers of its six stores in Germany carry home their purchases in biodegradable bags made by Holm. Ditmar Bosecke, Head of Marketing at Globetrotter says: ”Our customers very much like to be outside, they love nature and act responsible to the environment. So the availability of bioplastic bags offered us a good opportunity to do something in this respect as well.” Globetrotter asked their customers in an internet poll about their opinion and as the result was overwhelming, Globetrotter decided to introduce shopping bags of biobased and biodegradable plastics right away. Globetrotter does not charge any money for these bags.

Photo: natura packaging

An Indian example When Perses Bilimoria, founder and CEO of Earthsoul India, launched shopping bags made of Mater-Bi in India in 2001, hardly anybody wanted to believe that this could be a success in a developing country like India. Today Earthsoul sells in excess of 300,000 shopping bags annually in India, certified according to EN 13432. Even if this number is small in comparison with the total number of plastic shopping bags being used in the country, “Earthsoul is creating an awareness and a special experience around the values of conservation, sustainability and dignity for the elements of nature for the customers who use an Earthsoul bag,” says Perses Bilimoria.

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Special Most of the customers are organic food markets, high-end pastry and delicatessen shops, liquor stores, deluxe hotels and spas. Perses Bilimoria believes that although this certainly is still just a niche market, these are customers who are decision makers in the corporate world and the message is clearly understood in terms of good green governance and sustainable environmental practices. With a growing population of almost 1.4 billion (more than China), by 2025 India will have a mature market for bioplastics based on renewable natural raw materials such as corn starch, which can be easily sourced from within the country. In addition, Perses Bilimoria has been instrumental in convincing the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) to implement and follow the guidelines of EN 13432 and ASTM D 6400-99 for bioplastics in India, together with adequate compost labelling protocols. India shall shortly adopt the equivalent to the new ISO 17088 or EN 13432.

“We go for environment protection. That’s why the frog goes for us” Photo: natura packaging

Perses Bilimoria is somewhat concerned however about the fact that India – like Europe – is facing the problems of oxo-degradable and additive based synthetic polymers, saying that they are “flooding the market in disguise as “biodegradable bags”. India is a very price sensitive market and most people are not educated on the aspects of biodegradability and compostability, thus it becomes very difficult to convince buyers about the difference between an EN 13432 certified product and those that are only degradable,” Perses says.

Shopping totes – the fashionable style

Photo: Chameleon

Shopping bags made from renewable resources can also be completely different. Chameleon Packaging, a Division of Design & Source Productions, Inc., New York, for example, offers tote bags made of the PLA fibre material Ingeo™. Chameleon Packaging began developing samples with NatureWorks Ingeo fabrics in 2004, but realised that most fabrics were developed only for the garment industry, making them typically too soft for application in bags. The backbone of Ingeo has been so supportive, that NatureWorks has offered opportunities to discuss development for new fabrics that would be more suitable for bags. The few projects specified with Ingeo typically obtain much, but the average customer has not wanted in the end to pay the difference in material costs. “But as the costs come down and such bags become more competitive and give the opportunity to use better materials, there will be more and more inquiries, and that will turn into more projects,” says Nicole Smith, environmental director of Chameleon Packaging. The customers need time to recognise that the material will still be around, be consistent, have enough production output to meet their needs, and be reliable in a few years time, as well as good for the environment. Chameleon Packaging’s commitment to sustainable materials is steadfast, and it is convinced that Ingeo has a large potential for its current and future customers. “Overall,” says Nicole, “I believe the non-woven material has the greatest potential. Non-woven bags have become really popular in all of the sustainably focused shops and stores”.

Conclusion These are just a few examples of the successful introduction of bioplastic shopping bags.


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Shopping bags made of bioplastics can definitely not solve all the problems connected with plastic bags. Littering, for example, is more a question of education than of the material. The effect of bioplastic bags on the killing of marine life in the oceans, if there is any, is not yet been sufficiently researched. But their advantages surely offer a market potential in the months and years to come.


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High speed, energy input (HSEI) twin screw extruders are emerging as the manufacturing methodology of choice to process bio-based renewable materials. Applications include compounding, reactive extrusion, devolatilization and foaming. The final product can be a pellet to facilitate accurate and consistent feeding of secondary processes. There is also a trend to bypass the pelletization step and to produce a film, fiber, sheet or profile from the twin screw extruder. This is referred to as direct extrusion. Although similar to traditional plastic processes, there are subtle differences that take into account the heat- and shear sensitivity of bio-based polymer compounds. HSEI twin screw extruders are starve fed with the output rate determined by the feeder(s). Feeders meter solids (pellets/ fillers, etc.) or liquids (including supercritical CO2) into the HSEI twin screw extruder. The extruder screw RPM is independent and is used to optimize compounding efficiencies. Because the pressure gradient is controlled and can be designed to be zero at specific locations in the process section, materials are easily introduced into downstream barrel sections by a side stuffer that “pushes� fillers (calcium, talc, etc.) into the extruder. Downstream side stuffing is especially beneficial for shear sensitive fillers, such as woodfiber or starch. The controlled pressure profile also facilitates venting to remove moisture and other volatiles that are inherent with many biobased formulations. By utilizing multiple vents, it is possible to remove 20% (or more) volatiles. HSEI twin screw extruders process materials bounded by screw flights and barrel walls. Screws are segmented and assembled on splined shafts. Barrels are also modular, and uti-


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Processing lize liquid cooling. A typical process length to diameter ratio (L/D) is 32 to 48, with up to 60 L/D (or more) being possible to facilitate reactive processing and/or multi-stage devolatilization. The motor inputs energy into the process via rotating screws that impart shear into the materials. Segmented screws/barrels, in combination with the controlled pumping and wiping characteristics of the HSEI twin screw extruder, allows screw/barrel geometries to be matched to the process tasks. Solids conveying and plastication occurs in the first 1/3 of the process section. Screw elements for mixing and devolatilization are then integrated into the design. Discharge elements finally build and stabilize pressure to a die. Screw designs can be shear intensive or passive based upon the materials being processed. For instance, the early portion of the screw design can be shear intensive, if required for alloying, and the latter part less aggressive to accommodate the shear sensitive nature of many bio-based fillers or additives. Strand or die face cut pelletizing systems can be mated to the HSEI twin screw extruder to make pellets. Cooling may be in air or water, depending upon the composition of the formulation. Pelletization facilitates the consistent feeding, transport and packaging of the pellets to a single screw extruder or injection molding machine. As previously stated, HSEI twin screw extruders are also used to combine compounding/ devolatilizing with direct extrusion of sheet, film, fiber, laminates, profile and other extruded products. Typically, a gear pump or screw pump is attached to build and stabilize pressure to the die. The system utilizes a PLC to implement a pressure control algorithm program to maintain a constant die inlet pressure. Close to 100% of bio-based polymer compounds have been processed, at some stage, on a HSEI twin screw extruder. It is important to also recognize that the HSEI twin screw extruder is just another tool, albeit a powerful and versatile one, in the process. Integration of the upstream and downstream systems, in combination with the formulation, are all equally important to optimize the process.

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Making preforms for PLA bottles … Injection moulding of PLA preforms


lthough the name might suggest otherwise, the PETline injection moulding systems offered by the Swiss manufacturer Netstal for the production of preforms for plastic bottles can also be used for processing materials other than polyethylene terephthalate (PET). This not only applies to other „fossil“ plastics such as polypropylene, but also to plastics made from renewable resources such as PLA. PLA is an industrially compostable material that is well suited for the production of injection-moulded preforms to be used for stretch blow moulding of bottles. The first such bottles have already been launched in the US and European markets. PLA is characterized by very good transparency, high gloss and a good flavour barrier and has oxygen barrier properties similar to those of polypropylene.

parameters are required. The stretching ratios, on the other hand, are very similar, so that, roughly speaking, the same shapes as with PET preforms can also be achieved with PLA. This means that preform injection moulds designed for PET processing can also be used for processing PLA, even if certain compromises may have to be made. While PLA was relatively expensive when it was initially launched in the market, the price differential between PLA and PET has meanwhile diminished. And since the price of PLA has remained relatively stable, the negative upward development of PET prices is making PLA increasingly attractive. If the prices continue to follow these trends, the demand for PLA is certain to rise and this might even lead to bottlenecks in material supply.

Injection moulding of preforms and strech blow moulding of bottles (principle); courtesy SIG Corpoplast

Nevertheless, the use of PLA for beverage bottles is currently still somewhat limited. The available material has so far had insufficient creep behaviour, which has limited its application to non-carbonated beverages. Since the stretching behaviour of PLA during the production of the bottle is different to that of PET, different blowing process


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Basically, standard equipment can be used to produce preforms from PLA. Some specific characteristics of this material, however, require significant changes in processing conditions.

PLA processing properties PLA has a melt temperature of approximately 145155°C. Its glass transition temperature is about 55-58°C and its crystallisation temperature about 95-120°C. In its molten state, PLA sticks strongly to textiles, wood and metals.

Processing PLA bottles made with preforms from a NETSTAL machine

Since PLA is also a hydrophilic material, it must be dried prior to injection moulding. In this respect, the significantly lower processing temperatures compared to PET must be taken into account already during the drying process.

The drying process An existing dryer for drying PET can well be used to dry PLA. It is important, however, that PET or other plastics do not contaminate the drying system. The drying temperatures are in the range of approximately 90-100°C, and drying takes no longer than that of PET. Residual moisture content of up to 100ppm is fully sufficient (compared with 50 ppm for PET).

The plastifying process Not only the temperature of the drying equipment but also the temperature profile of the plastifying unit has to be significantly lower than for PET: the feed zone is heated to about 180°C, while the compression and the metering zones are heated to approximately 210 - 220°C. „In our case were able to use our standard PET screw that has an ideal shape for avoidance of acetaldehyde formation when processing PET, that it also brought to bear here with its advantages in low shear combined with optimum homogenisation“, says Stefan Bock, Manager Application Technology PET Systems at Netstal. A specific Netstal program called „Intrusion“ additionally supports

the design of the screw shape. This means that the screw, due to its storage of melt, can plastify continuously under almost the same conditions, so that the rotation speed of the screw remains almost constant over the entire cycle. This way, the melt is produced in a gentle manner and is very homogenous due to the conditions remaining constant. This condition is of great importance, especially from the aspect of the addition of liquid additives. These additives are distributed very homogeneously in the melt - an advantage from which especially PLA benefits, as PLA can hardly be processed into hollow items without using additives, Stefan Bock observes.

The mould As a rule, an existing PET mould can also be used to process PLA. The material‘s stretching ratios are similar to those of PET; merely its density of 1.25g/cm³ is lower. A hot runner with needle shut-off is also suitable for PLA. The mould maker should satisfy himself, however, that operation of the hot runner at the lower temperature of only about 220°C does not result in leakages as a consequence of the lower thermal expansion of the hot runner manifold bars. At cold mould surfaces (temperatures below 25°C), the PLA melt has a marked tendency to separation of lactide. It is therefore essential that the mould is equipped with a cooling system that does not reduce the temperature below this threshold. While this temperature range will inevitably lengthen cycle times, the effect can be partly offset through intensive post-cooling.

The post-cooling As a consequence of the relatively high mould temperature of 25°C, the preforms are very susceptible to scratching and tend to stick together immediately after demoulding, a characteristic that is not conducive to the desired short cycle times. „Here, the unique post-cooling system of the Netstal systems ensures extremely good cooling of the preform surface“, explains Stefan Bock further. The preforms are first post-cooled for one cycle by an actively cooled remov-

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al robot with adapted cooling sleeves. The preforms are then left to cool for another four cycles in the downstream cooling block, which is also equipped with adapted cooling sleeves. The removal gripper and the cooling block can be cooled down to a temperature significantly lower than that of the mould. The cooling sleeves employed can be adapted to the shrinkage desired for the respective process. This means that the cooling sleeves of the removal gripper do not need to be identical to those of the cooling block. The removal gripper not only provides for intensive cooling of the preform, but it also calibrates the preform to avoid any deformation. According to Stefan Bock, the result is a sufficiently cooled, relatively hard and thus rather insensitive surface of the preform.

Improving part appearance and performance Due to the nature of bioplastics, such as PLA, preforms and containers may appear yellowish. By adding of socalled „Anti-Yellow toner“ additives the yellow appearance can be significantly reduced. When coloured containers are desired, creating quality aesthetics in bioplastics parts does not present a problem. PLA can be easily coloured with liquid pigments. Suppliers offer special additives, that bond perfectly with bioplastics. For example Colormatrix Bio range colours are developed with dispersion systems tailored to a bioplastic‘s unique characteristics. The colours will incorporate quickly in the bio-polymer, resulting in good dispersion and inherently consistent colour.

Improving PLA processing To counter the low IR absorption rate of PLA and thus increase the absorption of heat in a blow moulding machine special carbon black additives were developed. A specific reheat additive of Colormatrix, developed for the Bio range of solutions offers a good balance of coulor values and reheat properties. Reheat values can be tailored to meet customer‘s specific reheat requirements with less impact on yellow or lightness characteristics. The strong tendency of PLA to stick to other surfaces can be positively influenced e.g. with Colormatrix‘ Bio range „eze“, a process aid to assist in modification of the polymer surface energy. This additive is designed to work at PLA‘s lower processing temperatures, improving friction and reducing processing costs. Such additives improve release for injection, blow mould and box filling, as well as transport packing of preforms and bottles. Further advantages of using such additives are reduced scratches and blemishes on the container surface.

Global sustainable solutions Colormatrix Bio range solutions only utilize carrier systems from natural and renewable resources to work in harmony with PLA resulting in environmentally sustainable plastic products. To study the effect of such additives, Colormatrix provided Netstal with all types of additives required. These additives were successfully tested and processed in the trial runs that were carried out jointly with Colormatrix and the resulting bottles were quite impressive.;

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First PLA bottle in Germany Drugstore chain “Ihr Platz” introduces new wellness drinks in PLA bottles


hree new wellness beverages were introduced under the brand name “Vitamore” on 1 September by the German drugstore chain “Ihr Platz” (which means “your place” in English) in its more than 700 stores. And this launch represents three premieres at a time, as all new products, Vitamore Beauty Drink, Vitamore Energy Drink and Vitamore Memory Drink are presented in 0.5 litre bottles made of NatureWorks PLA. These are the first PLA bottles in the German market. And if that is not enough, the caps of these bottles are also made of bioplastic. With a label made of paper and a starch-based glue, the entire bottle is fully compostable. One year ago, Ihr Platz introduced organic food and body care products into its portfolio, including dairy and convenience products - not usual for drugstore chains such as Ihr Platz. “So it was another consequent step in the same direction to introduce PLA as material for our new wellness beverages”, says project manager Bernd Merzenich, a consultant with 25 years of experience in bioproducts, who supports Ihr Platz in this field. “People, who consider health, wellness, beauty and “bio…” as important for them, also wish to take care for a healthy environment” he adds. “We sense a huge amount of appreciation for the commitment of Ihr Platz, because we know about all the hidden obstacles in this business”, adds Joeran Reske from Interseroh, who supported Ihr Platz with contacts and information during the development of the bottle.

Cost versus advantages Even if PLA is still more expensive than PET, “for the order of magnitude that we need for the introduction phase, it is significant”, as Bernd Merzenich comments, Ihr Platz decided however not to put the additional cost on top of the sales price. The lower margin that the drugstore accepts brings benefits in the marketing aspect when introducing and promoting the new product. “We assume that the customers appreciate the advantages of PLA, to have a material that can be 100% composted or incinerated with greenhouse gas neutrality”, says Bernd, “and, in addition, in our calculation we are undertaking steps to achieve exemption from the mandatory deposit in Germany for environmentally preferable beverage packaging”. As this is the first bottle of its kind in Germany, education of the customers is an important subject. Ihr Platz puts most emphasis on a specially created website (, as the target group of customers is considered as having strong affinity with Internet. In addition, large posters at the point-of-sale, followed by special leaflets, will support the provision of necessary information to the public.


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The compostable cap - another “world first” The cap is also a worldwide premiere: The cap of the Vitamore bottles, supplied by the Swiss company Wiedmer AG, is made of biodegradable and compostable Mater-Bi from Novamont, Italy. In combination with the rigid PLA bottle, the geometry of the cap and the elastic Mater-Bi material allow a perfectly leakproof bottle. The sealing function is inherently integrated into the geometry of the cap, without any need for additional inserted sealing from a third material, so that it can withstand even the higher internal pressures of normal carbonated beverages (CSD: carbonated soft drinks).

What does a brand owner expect from the industry? First of all, Ihr Platz expects larger production capacities for PLA to improve availability to a larger number of users in the packaging and beverage industries. “And of course, more different suppliers means competition and that is good for business”, Bernd Merzenich adds, with a smile. But there is more that should be improved than just availability and price. Especially for bottles, Bernd Merzenich seeks further improvements of both blowability and stretchability. This is particularly relevant for a further reduction of the preform and bottle weight, in order to further increase the environmental advantages of PLA bottles. The shelf life of the slightly carbonised Vitamore drinks (<1gr CO2 /litre) is six months without any special measures needed to improve the barrier properties. The moderate CO2 loss over these six month does not influence either the taste or the “feel in the mouth” at all, as Bernd Merzenich explains. However, the barrier properties of PLA bottles would need to be improved, for stronger carbonated drinks, as well as for products sensitive to oxygen. First attempts of the industry e.g. with plasma-coating systems applied to PLA look promising. And finally, the relatively rough surface characteristics of PLA still lead to some problems, for example, when feeding preforms into the stretch blowmoulding machine or by creating friction between the bottle and the cap. Here it would be desirable to lower the coefficient of friction.

Conclusion With “health” being one of the core competences of a drugstore, Ihr Platz now offers with its PLA bottles a perfect fit concerning the packaging of their wellness drinks to a clientele that not only wants to do something good for their own bodies. “Responsible behaviour towards the environment is something that our customers consider as very important, says managing director Michael Wilmes “and drinking Vitamore from a 100% bio-based bottle simply makes them feel better - in a dual sense.

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Biophan lid film for fresh food

New food application for Treofan Group’s innovative film The Treofan Group, one of the world’s leading producers and distributors of polypropylene films, has announced a new application for Biophan, their biologically degradable film. This new generation of films made from polylactic acid (PLA) and displaying an excellent combination of product characteristics is ideally suited for use as a lid film. Treofan is the only producer of environmentally friendly lid films offering the so-called peel function, which enables the lid film to be easily removed from the container, which is also made from PLA. This function is made possible by an additive in one of the outer layers of the three-layer Biophan film, which allows for low-temperature sealing without the need for an additional peelable lacquer. As a lid film, Biophan can be used for packaging sandwiches, filled baguettes and rolls as well as for fresh food such as fruit and vegetables, cheese or sausages.

Good application opportunities for Biophan as lid film Frank Ernst, the Biophan Product Manager, is convinced that this lid film will meet with great enthusiasm among food producers and end users alike. “The market for fresh food packaging is enormous – in Britain alone, 1.2 billion sandwich packs are manufactured every year. In addition, this lid film can be used for fresh fruit, vegetables and salad. I believe Biophan’s good product features and sustainability will lead to it being widely used as a lid film.” Initial trials with converters and packers have confirmed the outstanding characteristics of this new development. The film’s sealing power is sufficiently high to withstand bursting and the peel power is low enough to allow for easy opening, as Treofan reports. Furthermore, the lid film leaves traces on the container when opened so that any prior opening of the packaging can be immediately detected – a feature that improves product safety. One example of application are sandwiches packed in transparent triangular boxes and closed with Biophan lid film. Another possible application would involve equipping foldable cardboard sandwich packs with Biophan windows or laminating the inside surface of the cardboard with the new film. Biophan’s impermeability to fat and oil means that products can be packed with no risk of the cardboard becoming soaked.


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osta B.V. from Waddinxveen, The Netherlands, is a company that trades in organically grown vegetables and fruit. During 2005 Eosta decided to package all their products in bioplastics. In close cooperation with the German company natura packaging Eosta started to replace OPP films by PLA films and paper-trays by sugarcane-based trays. “We thought that it fits very well to our organic products, that we also use a biobased and compostable packaging,” says Arjan Klapwijk, Packaging Manager at Eosta. In the Netherlands, Eosta is packing today more than 95% of their products in biobased and compostable packaging. “But we are strongly working on achieving 100%,” says Arjan. “Especially in other countries, where we are also active, this is a little more difficult than in The Netherlands,” he adds. It would for example be ecologically disadvantageous to ship bioplastics packaging material from Holland to pack grapes in South Africa. In some other countries like Denmark, Germany or the UK, however, there are customers, that clearly state that they only want vegetables and fruit packed in compostable packaging. The very quick conversion from fossil based to biobased plastics packaging could only work with the support of their supplier natura packaging, as Arjan Klapwijk points out. Natura had the necessary contacts to raw material suppliers and converters and knew about the regulations that needed to be fulfilled, like EN 13432. By going this huge step towards bioplastics packaging in 2005, Eosta not only played an important role in introducing Bioplastics to consumers in the Netherlands. Also a large number of European supermarket chains, such as Sainsbury (UK), Rewe, Edeka, Plus, Metro (all Germany), Carrefour, Auchan, Champion (all France) offer Eosta products packed in bioplastics. Other countries are Sweden, Finland, Norway, Austria and small quantities go to the United States. “It is the first step of a breakthrough in Europe for these biobased, compostable materials – the first domino brick that had to topple,” comments Patrick Gerritsen, Business Unit Manager at natura packaging. “However, the compostibility is not the most important issue to us,” says Arjan Klapwijk, “For us, it is important to have materials that are based on renewable resources rather than from fossil oil. Even a greenhouse neutral incineration is considered as a good recovery option”. This is especially important for countries where appropriate composting systems are not yet installed. Eosta is proud to have made this strategic decision, even before any preferred treatment (e.g. the “green dot” exemption in Germany, see issue 01/06 of bioplastics MAGAZINE for details) or other subventions systems were in place.

The first brick in a Domino Toppling Eosta and natura packaging – pioneers for a European breakthrough

The story behind the product: Nature & More is an independent foundation, initiated by Eosta, that evaluates quality aspects of organic food in order to make the inherent values of sustainable agriculture and corporate social responsibility visible to the consumer. The way Eosta look to their growers from the „Nature and More“ point of view has also contributed to the way they look to their packaging materials. If you like to try it, go to and enter for example 378, and see what happens ...

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Degradable Plastics A Canadian Perspective


he ongoing efforts to divert material from landfill have led many Canadian municipalities to look at composting or anaerobic digestion as a viable waste management option. This includes leaf and yard waste and more and more household kitchen waste. Approximately 14% of Canadian households (over two million households) currently have curbside collection of source-separated organics (i.e. food waste). And that number continues to grow daily. Along with the increased interest in composting comes an increased interest in compostable plastic bags for such applications as bin liners and kitchen catchers.

Adhering to standards

Photo: City of Toronto

Article contributed by Dr. Fred Edgecombe, Technical Advisor to the Environment and Plastics Industry Council (EPIC), a council of the Canadian Plastics Industry Association (CPIA).

Canada went through a mini “biodegradable” era in the 1980s and 1990s, where products introduced at that time claimed to be degradable but proved not to be. As a result, there are many organizations, including the Canadian Plastics Industry Association (CPIA), that place great emphasis on the ISO 14020 series of standards under “Environmental Labels and Declarations”. Canada developed a national standard entitled CAN/ CSA-ISO 14021-00, which is based on ISO 14021 (Self Declared Environmental Claims). The standard is referenced in regulations administered by the Bureau of Competition and Advertising of Industry Canada (a Federal Ministry) and specifies that: “Methods of evaluation and claim verification shall follow, in order of preference, international standards, recognized standards that have international acceptability (these may include regional or national standards) or industry or trade methods which have been subjected to peer review.” The standard also suggests that any “claims of degradability shall only be made in relation to a specific test method that includes maximum level of degradation and test duration, and shall be relevant to the circumstances in which the product or packaging is likely to be disposed”. Other elements of the standard state that a degradable claim should not be made for a product, packaging or component of a product that releases substances in concentrations harmful to the environment. And, information to verify the environmental claim should be disclosed, upon request, at a reasonable cost, to any person seeking to verify the claim. The possibility of having degradable products leave trace elements and other foreign matter in compost has led Canada to adopt criteria for the quality of the compost. These criteria are described in documents and standards endorsed by the Canadian Council of Ministers of the Environ-


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ment, along with Agriculture and AgriFood Canada (another Federal ministry). Compost falling under Category A can be used in any application, whereas compost under Category B is restricted in use because of the higher trace element content. Some of these elements are used in the formulation of pro-oxidants in certain types of degradable plastics.

Meeting the requirements In Canada, one of the easiest ways for suppliers of degradable products to validate the environmental claims of their products is through certification by a recognized third-party. This third party will study the technical information submitted regarding the characteristics of the product and then rule on whether or not the product meets the requirements for the stated application. The most commonly used standards for compostable plastics are ASTM 6400, ISO 14855-1 and NF 13432. If the product is deemed satisfactory, then it becomes licensed to bear a symbol attesting to that fact. In the U.S., the most common symbol for a compostable plastic is the one issued by the Biodegradable Products Institute (BPI), (see page 36 in this issue of bioplastics MAGAZINE).

The Canadian alternative Canada has a long history and highly developed structure for writing national standards and certification. It is administered by the Standards Council of Canada (SCC), which accredits bodies involved with standards writing, certification and testing. Due to the increased concern regarding the use of plastic bags in municipal composting facilities, the certification agency known as the Bureau de Normalisation du QuĂŠbec (BNQ) has launched the development of its own certification program for compostable plastics. The development of the protocol for this certification program is being overseen by a balanced committee made up of suppliers, converters, users, etc. CPIA is represented on this committee by a Technical Advisor from its Environment and Plastics Industry Council (EPIC). The protocol will be based on existing standards, including ASTM 6400, with particular requirements including trace elements and compostability (degradation/disintegration, biodegradation and

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eco-toxicity). Those plastic bags which meet the protocol will be assigned a BNQ mark or symbol to attest to their compostability. The BNQ program is expected to be a national one that will harmonize with other certification programs, such as the American BPI one. A probable outcome of the program may be that Canadian municipalities will accept only certified compostable plastics in their composting programs.

Degradable bags and recycling Many Canadians currently have access to plastic bag recycling through either in-store recycling programs or in municipal curbside collection programs. In fact, recyclable plastic bags and film represents about 20 to 25% of the entire plastic waste stream in Canada. These plastic bags and films are recycled into trash bags, new carry-out sacks or are used to produce plastic lumber and plastic fibre composites. The increased interest in compostable bags has raised the concern for what, if any, will be the effect of compostable bags on the already established plastic bag and film recycling stream. A testing program has been launched to investigate this. The test is being supported by RecycQuébec (a quasi-governmental agency), the City of Montreal (population of over two million), the Canadian Oxo-degradable Plastics Institute (OPI) and the Plastic Film Manufacturers Association of Canada (a council of CPIA). The testing will see various percentages of oxo-degradable and hydro-degradable (certified compostable) bags mixed separately with conventional polyethylene bags. This mixture will then be re-extruded into film and plaques, which will be aged under specific conditions of moisture, temperature and ultra-violet light for various time intervals. Upon completion of the aging process, the material’s physical properties will be measured (tensile, impact, notched izod, etc.). The results attained will be compared to the results achieved from conventional materials. This testing is expected to be completed by late fall 2006, with the results published before year end. (Check the EPIC web site at for the posting of these results.)

Degradable plastics and litter Although there has been some interest in promoting degradable plastics as a means of dealing with litter, CPIA believes that litter is a behavioural problem and not a material-specific one. Waste audits have shown that plastic bags represent a very small percentage of litter – less than one per cent. That, coupled with the fact that Canada experiences very cold temperatures in the winter months where not much of anything has a chance to degrade, has led the CPIA to promote education as a means of changing people’s behaviour and combating the litter problem.

In summary The interest in Canada in using compostable plastic bags in municipal composting facilities is on the rise. And, with more and more Canadian municipalities encouraging their residents to continue to divert waste from landfill and participate in municipal composting programs, this interest is expected to continue to rise in the months and years ahead.


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The use of compostable plastic bags, however, brings into question the validity of a productâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s environmental claims. Municipalities â&#x20AC;&#x201C; and residents â&#x20AC;&#x201C; need to be able to rely on products performing in the manner expected. As a result, the BNQ is developing its own certification program, one that will be interchangeable with other internationally recognized certification programs. At the same time, testing is underway to determine what, if any, effects the integration of compostable plastic bags will have on the already established plastic bag recycling stream. The results of these tests are expected to be available by year end. CPIA believes that there is indeed a market for degradable plastics, such as compostable plastic bags. These markets, however, remain only niche markets at this time.

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Federal Agencies in the USA shall buy bioplastics products Standards and Status of the Federal Biobased Products Preferred Procurement Program

Federal Biobased Products Preferred Procurement Program


he Federal Biobased Products Preferred Procurement Program provides that Federal agencies in the USA must give purchasing preference to biobased products designated by this program. The authority for the program is included in the Farm Security and Rural Investment Act (FSRIA) of 2002. Section 9002 of this Act provides for a preferred procurement and labeling program and defines biobased products as commercial or industrial products that are composed, in whole or in significant part, of biological products or renewable domestic agricultural materials (including plant, animal, and marine materials) or forestry materials. Domestic content is interpreted to mean content not only from the USA but also from any country with which the United States has a preferential trade agreement. Countries that are signatories to NAFTA and CAFTA, for example, will have their qualifying biobased products treated as domestic products. The US congress created this program  To spur demand growth for new biobased products  To grow demand for agricultural commodities  To encourage development of processing and manufacturing in rural communities  To capture environmental benefits  To enhance the Nation‘s energy security The program requires, that all Federal agencies in the USA must give preference to biobased products that have been designated by the program, unless:  The products are not reasonably available  The products fail to meet performance standards for the application intended  The products are available only at an unreasonable price

Integration with other preference programs The RCRA recycled products program, for example, has priority over the biobased program. Where environmental attributes are available in biobased product but not RCRA product, biobased product may be purchased. There are other preference programs like Energy Star, Environmentally Preferable etc, that are to be implemented by Federal agencies in an integrated manner.

Article contributed by Dr. Marvin Duncan, Senior Agricultural Economist, USDA/Office of the Chief Economist/ Office of Energy Policy and New Uses, Washington D.C., USA


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What does the program do for Federal agencies, manufacturers and vendors? The program encourages the purchase of more environmentally sustainable products. It helps agencies to identify those products, it will increase the availability and diversity of biobased products and it helps agencies reduce environmental footprint. For manufacturers and vendors of biobased products, the program creates a preferred market. It provides large scale demonstration of biobased products performance in use and spurs development of new biobased products. Furthermore it helps to develop alternatives to fossil energy based products.


Food and feed, motor vehicle fuels and electricity are excluded from the program.

The agencies‘ specifications must comply Within one year after the final guidelines were issued, all agency specifications require use of biobased products, the agencies must create a corresponding procurement program, a biobased products preference program and an agency promotion program. In addition an annual review and monitoring of effectiveness of agency‘s program must be in place. Within one year after designation, all agencies must give procurement preference to these items. The requirement applies to the purchase or acquisition of a procurement item where the purchase price exceeds $10,000, or, where the quantity of such items purchased in the preceding fiscal year was $10,000 or more.

What manufacturers can do Manufacturers of biobased products can claim coverage under the program for all products for which generic groupings of products have been designated by rule making. They can certify that a product‘s biobased content is consistent with statutory definition and that the biobased content meets the minimum requirement, using ASTM standard test. Manufacturers can also certify that a product will perform in the use to which it will be put.

Biodegradability required To be designated for preferred procurement, items of single use bioplastic products must meet appropriate ASTM standard for biodegradability. Some examples are cutlery, garbage bags or food containers. The Federal agencies may ask the manufacturer for additional information such as  The biobased content of a product using ASTM tests.  Environmental and health effects of product use using the National Institute of Standards and Technology‘s (NIST) BEES analysis or ASTM standard

Status of the program The final rule to establish the program has been published in the Federal Register in January 2005. In addition, the first six items (groupings of products) for preferred procurement have been designated by final rule (published in the Federal Register in March 2006). Second and third rounds of proposed rules to designate items (10 items each) have been published in the Federal Register for public comment. The next steps of formal clearance of the proposed designation rules are underway. Examples of items proposed for designation are for example insulating foams, composite panels, biodegradable containers, biodegradable films, biobased cutlery, durable plastic films, biobased carpet etc. More than 170 items identified so far. When designating product items, USDA must also provide information to Federal agencies concerning relative price, performance as well as environmental and public health benefits. Where appropriate USDA should recommend a level of biobased content in the procured product.

Manufacturers can help USDA get products designated USDA needs information on a number of individual products within an item (generic grouping) in order to designate that grouping by rule. Manufacturers can contact Steve Devlin at Iowa State University with product information. Qualifying biobased products may gain use of the U.S.D.A. CERTIFIED BIOBASED PRODUCT label and logo. The use of the label is granted for limited number of years with re-authorization. The proposed rule to establish the labeling program is currently in formal clearance in USDA.

 Product‘s life cycle cost using the same standards  Results of product performance testing against industry recognized performance standards

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Politics Contributed article by Dirk Wens, President of Belgian BioPackging

For Belgian BioPackaging this is a big challenge while it is not evident in a country as Belgium where packaging is part of federal legislation and waste treatment is dealt with by regional authorities. We know that authorities have certain sympathy for those products, but unfortunately they don’t want to push them yet. In addition, there are certain differences in the collection of waste between the North (separate collection and composting) and the South (no separations of the green waste) of Belgium, which makes it not easy.


fter months of preparatory meetings and discussions, Belgian BioPackaging (BBP) was founded on 19 April 2006.

The main objective of this national association is to promote the interest and use of compostable packaging made from renewable resources. Therefore the first target will be to get access to the green waste bin system in Belgium for manmade biodegradable and compostable packaging.

Therefore BBP gives much attention to legislation and certification by means of marketing and communication. Like in many other countries, in Belgium too the interest for bioplastics and compostable packaging is constantly growing over the last years. This growing demand is answered with an increasing number of products. However, these are relatively expensive which has to do with scale. Prices are expected to go down as soon as bigger volumes get involved, but those volumes can only grow when industry can offer lower prices. This deadlock now is tackled by

Belgian BioPackaging Getting access to green waste bin for biodegradable and compostable products

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retailers deciding in favour of bio renewable packaging for other applications than just organic food, with a growing market share as a result. Although communicated as compostable towards the consumers, this compostable packaging, certified “OK Compost” and/or “OK Compost Home” is not accepted in the green bin in Flanders (the northern, dutch or flemish speaking region of Belgium). Main concern is that opening the green bin for these compostable packaging materials will lead to pollution of the collected fraction. After many years of education and good direct communication, the Flemish people now are very meticulous waste sorters. As a result, the pollution in the very pure biowaste is estimated at less then 1,5% of the total fraction. This suspiciousness of the waste collectors and managers of composting installations regarding the possible intake of non biodegradable substances may be justified but it is refraining very much the breakthrough of bio renewable packaging. For all these reasons BBP wants to build bridges between the different authorities of which some have longtime insisted to have one national communication partner, but also to prepare a clear and direct communication towards consumers with a recognisable (preferably European) logo that stands undeniably for compostable together with clear advices for waste separation of biodegradable and compostable packaging in the green waste bin.


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ioplastics represent a new class of materials with advantageous origin mostly from renewable resources and with advantageous recovery qualities. Both, energy recovery (incineration with exploitation of energy) and composting (for qualified products) are environmentally benign methods and from a life cycle analysis (LCA) viewpoint, there seem to be no decisive differences. The ecological effects of the two alternatives are determined to a high extent by the available infrastructure. However, where the infrastructure is in place for both methods, a discussion of the advantages and disadvantages of both recovery routes seems appropriate. Dr. Michael Heyde of Duales System Deutschland (DSD) and Joeran Reske of Interseroh share their thoughts with our readers.

Pro composting Composting of products certified to EN 13432 or ASTM D 6400 represents a new recovery option for plastic products such as films, bags, catering supplies and food packaging e.g. for fruit & vegetables, dairy products, pastry etc. Bags for example in their ‘afterlife’ can be used for the collection of biowaste in the kitchen. It is rewarding to establish the biological recovery for the new product class:  Composting mimics the way in which nature steadily recycles material in the steps production/conversion - use - biodegradation – which can be described as a closed loop model. Composting satisfies this natural pattern, whereas incineration is only used very rarely by nature for the recovery of material (i.e. in a few habitats with a special ‘fire ecology’). When it comes to recovery, nature uses more than only the materials’ energy content. A clear hint, that incineration may not be the optimum choice. In addition, the energy which is received from incineration as the sole useful ‘product’ can be supplied by several other routes including biomass and solar based energy sources. Concerning the ecoefficiency of the various recovery options, anaerobic digestion seems anyway most effective, as it supplies valuable products (compost) and energy at the same time.

 Composting is a ‘lean’ and technically straightforward recovery approach. The infrastructure is usually established at a local level with e.g. one composting plant per 100,000 inhabitants. Among other advantages, this saves emissions during the transport of waste and from the product: the compost is used nearby in agriculture, where it saves fertiliser (thus it saves energy) and contributes to soil fertility and plant in io b b health, leading to higher yields etc. This shows that it is important to n ma Ger Joeran Reske reflect the whole system when judging the recovery routes. Countries BioPlastics and Compostable Packaging with a considerable share of organic waste favour biological recycling, ISD INTERSEROH Dienstleistungs GmbH which additionally helps them to address the problem of soil depletion. Cologne, Germany Especially several countries in the southern hemisphere have started to implement corresponding structures.

About Interseroh: INTERSEROH is specialised in waste recovery logistics and supplies industry with approx. 6 million tonnes of secondary raw materials (steel, wood, paper, plastics). Interseroh operates the second dual system for the recovery of consumer packaging in Germany and works on an economically and environmentally sound recovery on behalf of the users of compostable packaging. Implementation is coordinated in close cooperation with municipalities and recovery plants. A precondition for these services is the certification of compostability, so that only qualified packaging enters the biowaste stream.


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 Due to its low technical and logistical demand, composting is also a very cost effective recovery method when compared with incineration, which is usually performed in big plants with special exhaust gas purification etc. Thus it is no coincidence but rather common sense, that consumers according to all surveys performed so far – clearly welcome the new approach and especially like the organic way of recovery. This is something they can understand and in the event that they have a compost pile in their garden, they can even try it themselves. So not only the quality of renewable origin, but also the compostability of such packaging represents a valuable asset towards customers. Conclusion: Even if energy recovery is also a benign method, composting is the more economical and nature-orientated approach. Since it can be used for a wide range of bioplastic applications e.g. in the bag & packaging sector, it will contribute to more sustainable waste management.


Pro energy recovery  Energy recovery is possible for all types of bioplastics and their composites, regardless of their raw material basis and compostability. Composting by contrast is restricted to entirely compostable bioplastics, making their certification (e.g. to EN 13432) crucial.

 As energy recovery is only impaired by chlorine or heavy metals, there are no problems to be expected from the processing of used bioplastics currently on the market. On the contrary, biobased plastics improve the environmental impact of the use of RDF (refuse derived fuels) regarding the CO2 balance. Composting on the other hand is impaired by all inorganic components, their share being expected to rise with bioplastics being introduced to the organic waste stream (e.g. compostable and non-compostable plastics being disposed in the same bin). In order to ensure the marketability of the recycling product “compost” it then will become necessary to introduce the sorting of the entire waste stream (bio waste and bioplastics packaging) before processing it. With the arising costs to be allocated completely to the bioplastics the proclaimed cost advantage of composting over energy recovery in becoming highly debatable.  When choosing among alternative recycling routes, there are last but not least legal aspects to be taken into account. In Germany for example, the joint collection and processing of bio waste and used packaging leads to questions that arise from the “mix” of responsibilities to be taken over by the public sector for the bio waste and those to be taken over by the private industry for the used packaging. Among others these questions concern the rules and obligations to call for tenders and the bargaining over the correct splitting of costs: Aspects that challenge the practicability of such a jointly used system as well as its calculability.

General observations: The question from which and how many ecologically efficient recycling methods for bioplastics you may choose in the long run is closely related to the choice of the collection system and the nature of the materials to be collected by it. The use of bio waste bins for the collection of bioplastics packaging does exclude particular types of bioplastic packaging (namely all those that are not compostable) and moreover restricts - due to the nature and inevitable mixture with bio waste - the choice (and competition) among alternative ecologically efficient recycling routes.

German „yellow bin“

 Ecological advantages of bioplastics packaging made from renewable resources over petrobased plastics packaging mainly stem from their energy recovery after use. They thus can help to substitute fossil resources such as coal, natural gas and oil in a twofold way: first in the production of the packaging material, then in their second use as a climate neutral energy carrier.

Dr.-Ing. Michael Heyde Head of Technology Development Der Grüne Punkt Duales System Deutschland GmbH

Who is “Der Grüne Punkt Duales System Deutschland GmbH”: Founded 1990 in anticipation of the Packaging Ordinance, Der Grüne Punkt - Duales System Deutschland GmbH (DSD) organises nationwide the separate collection, the sorting and, in the case of plastics, the recycling of used sales packaging in Germany. For further information on the DSD core business and other service offers see

This confrontation shall form the initiation of a wider discussion. There will be more extensive description and reports about the different recovery options in our coming issues. We encourage you, our readers, to send us your opinion to

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Degradable – Biodegradable – Compostable


iobased and biodegradable plastics can form the basis for an environmentally preferable, sustainable alternative to current materials based exclusively on petroleum feedstocks [1]. If products are biodegradable and compostable, additionally to an energy recovery option biological recovery can be applied (see also page 32/33) A closer view to the expression “biobased” will be given in one of the next issues of bioplastics MAGAZINE. This article will discuss the different terms degradable, biodegradable and compostable, all of which are often mixed up when talking about bioplastics. When designing a new product, it is important to consider its ecological footprint especially as it relates to its ultimate disposability. Of particular concern are plastics used in single-use, disposable packaging and consumer goods. Designing these materials to be biodegradable and ensuring they end up in an appropriate disposal system is environmentally and ecologically sound. For example, by composting biodegradable plastic and paper waste along with other „organic“ compostable materials like yard, food, agricultural wastes, much-needed carbon-rich compost (humic material) can be generated. Compost amended soil has beneficial effects by increasing organic carbon, increasing water and nutrient retention, reducing chemical inputs, and suppressing plant disease. Composting is increasingly used for maintaining the sustainability of the agriculture system. In many countries food wastes along with other biowastes are separately collected and composted to generate a good, valuable soil amendment that goes back on the farmland to reinitiate the carbon cycle [1]. Polymer materials have been designed in the past to resist degradation. The challenge is to design polymers that have the necessary functionality during use, but disintegrate after use. More importantly, the breakdown products should not be toxic or persist in the environment, and should be completely assimilated (as food) by soil microorganisms in a defined time frame. In order to ensure market acceptance of biodegradable products, the ultimate biodegradability of these materials in the appropriate waste management infrastructures (more correctly the assimilation/utilization of these materials by the microbial populations present in the disposal infrastructures) in short time frames of a few weeks only needs to be demonstrated beyond doubt [1,3]. However, the above still does not give a clear differentiation between the expressions degradable, biodegradable and compostable plastics. Here is a try: Photos: BASF


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Degradable plastics This is the most general term. It includes both, plastics that degrade by physical or biological factors (sunlight or heat, or microbial action). So-called oxodegradable (i.e.: degradation accelerated by catalysts or additives at elevated temperatures) or photo-degradable starch-polyethylene plastics can cause environmental problems. This kind of degradation results in small fragments that pollute compost, landfill or marine environment. In addition these materials do not degrade as fast as compostable plastics and may leave small fragments in soil. These degraded hydrophobic fragments with high surface areas can migrate into the water table and soil where they can attract and hold hydrophobic highly toxic elements like PCB and DDT up to one million times background levels – effectively functioning as a toxic chemicals transport system in the environment. Therefore one must ensure that the product is completely biodegradable in a very short time as determined by the disposal infrastructure [2, 3, 4, 5, 6].


[1] Ramani Narayan, Michigan State University, Biobased & Biodegradable Polymer Materials: Rationale, Drivers, and Technology Exemplars, Presented at the National American Chemical Society, Division of Polymer Chemistry meeting, San Diego (2005); ACS Symposium Ser (An American Chemical Society Publication) 939 June 2006

Biodegradable Plastics Biodegradable Plastics are plastics that are completely assimilated (utilized) by the microorganisms present in the disposal system as food for their energy (enter into microbial food chain). This complete microbial assimilation/utilization is measured by the complete conversion of the carbon of the test plastic to CO2 during the microbial process taking place inside the cell.

[2] Joseph Greene, California State University, Biodegradation of Compostable Plastics in Green Yard-Waste Compost Environment, Presented at the International Degradable Plastics Symposium, BioEnvironmental Polymer Society (BEPS), June 17, 2006, Chicago, USA

Compostable Plastics In addition to being biodegradable by microorganisms, to call a plastic “compostable”, a time factor has to be obeyed. Regulated for example by the standards ASTM 6400 (Specification for Compostable Plastics), ASTM D6868 (Biodegradable Papercoatings1) or EN 13432 (Compostable Packaging), these materials will biodegrade in an industrial composting environment in less than 180 days. Industrial compost environment means a defined temperature of about 60°C, a defined humidity and microorganisms must be present. Compostable plastics as per this definition do not leave fragments, which persist longer than approx. 12 weeks in the residue, they do not contain heavy metals or toxins and will support plant life.

[3] Joeran Reske, Beauty of bioplastics, Waste Management World, 02/03/05, [4] From Algalita Marine Research Foundation –

Biota-Bottle: Photo: NatureWorks

[5] Y. Mato, T. Isobe, H. Takada, H. Kahnehiro, C. Ohtake, and T. Kaminuma, Environ. Sci. Technol. 2001, 35, 318-324

Acknowledgements: bioplastics MAGAZINE is grateful to Professor Ramani Narayan, Department of Chemical Engineering and Material Science, Michigan State University, Professor Joseph Greene, Department of Mechanical Engineering Mechatronic, Engineering and Manufacturing Technology, California State University, Chico, California, and Joeran Reske, BioPlastics and Compostable Packaging, ISD INTERSEROH Dienstleistungs GmbH, Cologne, Germany for their support. Comments or opinions are welcome, please send them to

[6] Ramani Narayan, Biobased and Biodegradable Polymer Materials: Principles, Concepts, and Technology Exemplars; World Polymer Congress, Macro 2006, Brazil.


Exact title: Specification for Biodegradable Plastics Used as Coatings on Paper and Other Compostable Substrates

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Basics A certain number of products made of bioplastics are already available in the market. Almost all of them are labelled with some kind of a logo that tells the consumer about the special character of the plastics material used. These logos and their background are introduced by bioplastics MAGAZINE in this series. Here questions such as: What is the origin and history of a logo? What does it mean? Which rules are involved with it? will be adressed.

Logos Part 2:

The “Compostable” logo of BPI: Latest Developments in North America for Compostable Materials


ver the past 24 months, interest in biodegradable and compostable materials has mushroomed, along with products certified by the Biodegradable Products Institute (BPI). Today, the array of BPI approved products includes hot and cold drink cups, trays, plates, and bowls made from palm husks, recycled paper fiber, and cutlery derived from corn. North American manufacturers are looking for ways to maximize the use of renewable materials, in order to lessen the environmental impact of these new products, take advantage of new buying regulations by the US Government and to reduce impacts from higher oil and energy prices.

Growth of BPI and Certified Products The BPI started in 2000 with Cereplast, NatureWorks and Novamont as founding members, who were joined shortly thereafter by BASF. The organization was formed to address two issues:  Lack of understanding as to the role of compostable products in today’s society;  Easy identification of products that meet ASTM D6400 (Compostable Plastics) or ASTM D6868 (Compostable Packaging). Norms comparable to EN 13432. The BPI and its members worked with the US Composting Council to create an independent certification effort for compostable products. Moreover, the BPI developed cooperative agreements with DIN Certco and European Bioplastics (formerly IBAW) in Europe and the Biodegradable Plastics Society (BPS) in Japan to harmonize certification procedures


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and laboratories. This made it possible for manufacturers to save money by testing their materials just once in any of a number of laboratories around the world and then take these results to certification organizations around the world. Additionally as part of the cooperative agreements, the organizations agreed to help create global standards through ISO. The initial applications carrying the BPI’s “Compostable Logo” were primarily bags for the collection of yard trimmings and food scraps. The list continues to expand as manufacturers realize the value of compostable foodservice items. The list of manufacturers continues to grow rapidly, with the approval of two hot drink cup manufacturers in August, 2006. The BPI symbol is licensed to products that demonstrate that they meet ASTM D6400 or ASTM D6868, based on testing in approved, independent labs. Manufacturers of products or resins seeking to certify a product should contact the BPI’s Executive Director to discuss the certification process and costs. This can be done via or by contacting The information needed for the certification process are a product description, formulation information and samples, approved laboratory test results. The compliance to ASTM D6400 or ASTM D6868 including, mineralization data, disintegration data, eco-toxicity data and a heavy metal analysis is also needed. Additionally, if the product has already been certified in Europe or Japan, that information will be helpful.


Biodegradable Products Institute, USA Composting in North America Today, the BPI’s symbol is recognized by composting programs from San Francisco, California to Prince Edward Island in Eastern Canada. Many are surprised to learn of the strength of composting in North America. According to the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the US collects and composts 56% of its yard trimmings (approx 16 million tons annually). In addition, diversion and composting of food scraps exists in many forms across the continent. For example, the cities of San Francisco and Oakland, California have active residential programs, which will promote growth throughout up and down the West Coast. Toronto and surrounding communities have implemented food scrap collection efforts for residents to augment “blue box” recycling programs. In the northeast US, the grocery industry is recognizing that 2/3rds of its wastes are food scraps. In areas with high landfills with tipping fees, composting can save them money. The growth trends for composting are expected to continue as communities and businesses look for ways to divert more materials and reduce the impacts of potential methane emissions from landfills as well as saving money.

cilitate this movement, the BPI and its members supported the development of ASTM D6868 to measure the percentage of material using carbon from renewable sources. This is the only test of its kind in the world today and enables accurate labeling and claim substantiation.

Today’s BPI Mission The BPI’s activities and reach have grown as the market for these new applications has expanded. However, the mission of the organization continues to focus on  The production, use and recovery biodegradable materials & organics recovery via composting  Development of the composting infrastructure, throughout North America  Utilization scientifically based specifications  Global harmonization of standards & specifications  Certification of products based on scientifically based specifications  Education

Biobased and Renewable Feedstocks The search for new materials is also being driven in North America by customers who want more sustainable alternatives. The use of biobased or renewable feedstocks can be a way of reducing a product’s environmental footprint. To fa-

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FKuR Kunststoff GmbH Siemensring 79 D - 47 877 Willich Tel.: +49 (0) 2154 9251-26 Tel.: +49 (0) 2154 9251-51

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R.O.J. Jongboom Holding B.V. Biopearls Damstraat 28 6671 AE Zetten The Netherlands Tel.: +31 488 451318 Mob: +31 646104345

Novamont S.p.A. Stefano Facco Via G. Fauser 8 28100 Novara Italy Tel.: +39 0321 6996 55

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NatureWorks LLC P.O.Box 5830, MS 115 Minneapolis, MN 55440-5830 USA Tel.: +1 952 742 0400

Uhde Inventa-Fischer GmbH Holzhauser Str. 157 - 159 13509 Berlin Germany Tel.: +49 (0)30 43567 5 fax: +49 (0)30 43567 699 1.4 starch-based bioplastics

BIOP Biopolymer Technologies AG Niederlassung Schwarzheide Schipkauer Straße 1, A 754 D- 01987 Schwarzheide Tel.: +49 35752 9499-0 Fax: +49 35752 9499-911

Plantic Technologies Limited Dr Frank Glatz General Manager, Europe Finkenweg 63 79312 Emmendingen Germany Tel: +49 (0) 7641 933 5533 Mobile: +49 (0) 170 790 7455 1.5 PHA

Metabolix, Inc. 21 Erie Street, Cambridge, 02139 MA USA Tel.: 617 492 0505 Fax: 617 492 1996 1.6 masterbatches

PolyOne Avenue Melville Wilson, 2 Zoning de la Fagne 5330 Assesse Belgium Tel.: + 32 83 660 211 1.7 reinforcing fibres/fillers made from RRM

BIOTEC Biologische Naturverpackungen GmbH & Co. KG Werner-Heisenberg-Straße 32 46446 Emmerich Germany Tel.: +49 - 2822 - 92510 Fax: +49 - 2822 - 51840 Grenidea Technologies Pte Ltd 67 Ayer Rajah Crescent, #02-07/08/09 Singapore 139950 Tel.: +65 68720020 Fax: +65 68720460

Alcan Packaging Services Dr Isabelle Jenny Research and Development Badische Bahnhofstrasse 16 CH-8212 Neuhausen Switzerland Tel. (direct): 00 41 (0) 52 674 92 84 Tel.: +41 (0) 52 674 97 11 Mob: +41 (0)79 828 37 08 Fax: +41 (0) 52 674 92 20

Stanelco PLC Starpol Technology Centre Southampton England SO40 4BL Tel: +44 (0) 2380 867100 Fax: +44 (0) 2380 867070 3.1 films

BioBag International as Hovsvn 8, N-1831 Askim, Norway Phone: +47 69 88 85 90 Fax: +47 69 88 85 99 E-mail: Internett:

Maag GmbH Leckingser Straße 12 58640 Iserlohn Germany Tel.: + 49 2371 9779-30 Fax: + 49 2371 9779-97

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Alcan Packaging Services Dr Isabelle Jenny Research and Development Badische Bahnhofstrasse 16 CH-8212 Neuhausen Switzerland Tel. (direct): 00 41 (0) 52 674 92 84 Tel.: +41 (0) 52 674 97 11 Mob: +41 (0)79 828 37 08 Fax: +41 (0) 52 674 92 20

BioBag International as Hovsvn 8, N-1831 Askim, Norway Phone: +47 69 88 85 90 Fax: +47 69 88 85 99 E-mail: Internett:

NNZ the packaging network Leonard Springerlaan 13 9727 KB Groningen Tel.: +31 (0)50 5207800 Fax: +31 (0)50 5207801

5. Traders 5.1 wholesale Pacovis AG Grabenmattenstr. 19 CH- 5608 Stetten Tel.: +41 56 485 93 93 Fax: +41 56 485 93 00

Veriplast Holland BV Stadhoudersmolenweg 70 NL - 7317 AW Apeldoorn

Stanelco PLC Starpol Technology Centre Southampton England SO40 4BL Tel: +44 (0) 2380 867100 Fax: +44 (0) 2380 867070 4.1 trays

Green Shell Co.,Ltd. 333/9 Moo 9 T.Laharn Nontaburi, Thailand Tel.: +66 2815 5550 Mob: +66 1838 0123

Huhtamaki Deutschland GmbH & Co. KG Tel.: +49 6542/802-0 Fax: +49 6542/802-139

Grenidea Technologies Pte Ltd 67 Ayer Rajah Crescent, #0207/08/09 Singapore 139950 Tel.: +65 68720020 Fax: +65 68720460

Coopbox Europe spa Via Gandhi 8 42100 Reggio Emilia, Italia

Færch Plast A/S Rasmus Færchs Vej 1 7500 Holstebro Denmark Main no.: +45 99 10 10 10 Mobile: +45 27 25 10 20 E-mail: Fax: +45 99 10 10 83

MANN+HUMMEL ProTec GmbH 64625 Bensheim, Germany Tel.: +49 (0) 62 51 7 70 61-0 Fax: +49 (0) 62 51 7 70 61-81-500 7.3 conveying equipment 7.4 drying equipment 8. Services

natura Verpackungs GmbH Industriestr. 55 - 57 48432 Rheine Tel.: +49 5975 303-57 Fax: +49 5975 303-42

NNZ the packaging network Leonard Springerlaan 13 9727 KB Groningen Tel.: +31 (0)50 5207800 Fax: +31 (0)50 5207801 6. Machinery & Molds

Moulds, Change Parts and Turnkey Solutions for the PET/Bioplastic Container Industry 284 Pinebush Road Cambridge Ontario Canada N1T 1Z6 Tel: 001-519-624-9720 Fax: 001-519-624-9721

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NATISS asbl Rue de la Sucrerie 10 7800 Ath, Belgium Dr Fabrice Stassin, General Manager Tel.: +32 68 266 565 Fax: +32 68 266 566

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Organic Waste Systems n.v. Dok Noord 4 B-9000 Gent Belgium Tel: +32 9 233 02 04 Fax: +32 9 233 28 25 9. Research institutes / Universities

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Bioplastics in automotive applications

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