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Switching to starch-based packaging for Mars and Snickers

File photo of Mars & Snickers bars
EUROPE -
Mars is in the final stages of launching a bio-based packaging material for its Snickers and Mars chocolate lines to reduce the carbon footprint of existing packaging materials, according to Thijs Rodenburg, CEO of Rodenburg Biopolymers, a producer of starch-based products that has been working with the confectionary company through the development process.

Bioplastics Focus in Packaging Business Insight Asia - May 2016

NatureWorks’ CEO Marc VerbruggenIn the May issue NINE page Bioplastic Focus: Reports from NatureWorks’ conference Innovation Takes Root, Orlando Fla – it wasn’t all sugar & spice when Nestle fired a few well targeted shots.

Corbion on track to build PLA bioplastics plant in Thailand

Corbion on track to build PLA bioplastics plant in Thailand
THAILAND -
Corbion has completed the pre-engineering for a PLA polymerization plant in Thailand and announced that it is entering the basic-engineering phase.

Biopolymer conference to bring together global players in bioplastics value chain

Innovation Takes Root (ITR) conference in 2012
USA –
The 5th edition of the Innovation Takes Root (ITR) conference will see global companies from the entire bioplastic value chain coming together to learn more about the latest developments in new products, applications, processing and converting, amidst a broader global perspective of social trends and policy initiatives.

Malaysian state police clamps down on illegal trading of biodegradable packaging

Malaysian state police clamps down on illegal trading of biodegradable packaging
MALAYSIA –
State police in Malacca have caught two companies trying to cash in on the Malaysian state’s biodegradable packaging regulation by selling biodegradable food containers with misleading labels.

Bioplastics 101: The other “degradable” plastic - Oxo-additives

Symphony Environmental Ltd's d2w bags
ASIA -
In the sixth of our special editorial series 'Bioplastics 101', we discuss the other "degradable plastic: oxo-degradable plastics, made using oxo-additives.

Bioplastics 101: Life-Cycle Analysis of Bioplastics

Bioplastics 101: Life-Cycle Analysis of Bioplastics
ASIA -
In the fifth of our special editorial series ‘Bioplastics 101’, we discuss the life cycle analysis of bioplastics, from front of pipe through to end of pipe. 

Bioplastics 101: Potential for an ASEAN Bioplastics Industry

Products containing NatureWorks' Ingeo
ASIA -
In the fourth of our special editorial series ‘Bioplastics 101’, we examine the growth potential in Asia for this alternative sustainable performance packaging material.

Bioplastics 101: The Market for Bioplastics

Inthanin's Ingeo clear cup/lid packaging for cold beverages
ASIA -
In the third of a special editorial series ‘Bioplastics 101’, we look at the wide adoption of bioplastics in packaging and other applications across the globe.

Bioplastics 101: The Sustainability of Bioplastics Packaging

Activia yogurt from Danone, made from NatureWorks' Ingeo bioplastics
ASIA -
In the second article of our special ‘Bioplastics 101’ series, we tackle the big question: Are bioplastics packaging solutions sustainable? Do they even work well as a packaging material or do they in any way compromise on the packaging’s most basic requirements for product protection, preservation and promotion (i.e. the 3 ‘P’s of Packaging)?

Bioplastics 101: What are Bioplastics?

NatureWorks Ingeo biopolymer pellets
ASIA -
In recent years, one packaging solution touted as a ‘sustainable’ option that has been emerging in Asia is Bioplastics and biodegradable and/or compostable packaging. But what exactly are Bioplastics, and what does it mean when a company says its products are biodegradable and/or compostable?

New French law requires biodegradable packaging but prohibits oxo-degradable plastics

New French law requires biodegradable packaging but prohibits oxo-degradable plastics
FRANCE –
The French parliament has adopted a new law that contains a wide range of legislative proposals, including requirements for bioplastic packaging.

Coke unveils beverage bottle made from 100% biobased PET resin

Coke unveils beverage bottle made from 100% biobased PET resin
US -
The Coca-Cola Company (TCC) has introduced what it says is the world’s first PET plastic bottle made entirely from plant materials.

Proposed merger for Cardia Bioplastics and Stellar Films Group

Cardia Biohybrid bag
AUSTRALIA -
Cardia Bioplastics Limited and privately held Stellar Films Group are merging their businesses with the intent of creating “a leader in sustainable packaging”.

Asia to produce 75% of world’s bioplastics by 2018

Bioplastic bottles
GLOBAL –
Bioplastics production capacity is set to increase from around 1.6 million tonnes in 2013 to approximately 6.7 million tonnes by 2018, a growth of more than 400% in the mid-term.

Cardia Bioplastics in talks to appoint Malaysian distributor

Cardia Biohybrid bag
MALAYSIA –
Australia’s Cardia Bioplastics Limited is looking to grow in the Malaysian market and in talks to appoint a distributor for the Southeast Asian country.

Sugar giant looks into bioplastics production in the Philippines

Producing bioplastics from sugarcane
PHILIPPINES –
Domestic sugar giant Central Azucarera de la Carlota (CAC) is exploring possibilities of producing bioplastics from sugarcane.

NatureWorks appoints sales agent for Indian bioplastics packaging market

NatureWorks Ingeo biopolymer pellets
INDIA –
NatureWorks has appointed Natur-Tec India Pvt Ltd to distribute Ingeo resins in India and neighbouring countries, in addition to manufacturing compounds for use in packaging applications.

NatureWorks a step closer to converting methane to lactic acid for biopolymers

NatureWorks Ingeo biopolymer pellets
US –
NatureWorks is currently partnering US biotechnology company Calysta in a multi-year joint development program that aims to sequester and use methane, a potent greenhouse gas, as a feedstock for the former’s Ingeo biopolymers and intermediates.

Revised eco profile for NatureWorks’ Ingeo biopolymer

NatureWorks ingeo biopolymer pellets
US -
NatureWorks has releases the first findings of its updated eco profile for its naturally advanced family of Ingeo biopolymers, which demonstrates that the production of Ingeo polymer emits fewer greenhouse gases and consumes less non-renewable energy compared to commonly used plastics such as polystyrene (PS), polyethylene terephthalate (PET), and polycarbonate (PC).