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Biodegradable solutions for packaging of liquid dairy products


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â??Bio-based Material of the Year 2018â? - Innovation award goes to Arctic Biomaterials

The InnovationAward “Bio-based Material of the Year 2018” was awarded to three innovative bio-basedmaterials. The competition focused on new developments in the bio-basedeconomy, which have a market launch in 2018. The winners were elected by theparticipants of the recent “International Conference on Bio-based Materials” inCologne (Germany), organised by nova-Institute. 205 participants, mainly from the industry andrepresenting 22 countries, met in Cologne on May 15 and 16 to discuss thelatest developments in the sector. 21 companies presented their products andservices at the exhibition.


Number 1 - Degradable PLA reinforced with glass fibre

ArcBioxTM BGF30-B1 is a polylactic acid (PLA) that isreinforced using LFT (long fibre) technology with a special degradable glassfibres. This innovation makes it possible that bio-based plastics can be usedin technically demanding durable applications and still have the option of biodegradationat the end of life. The reinforcement is a glass fibre developed by ArcticBiomaterials and can also be used for several other bio-based polymers. Thiscomposite material reduces the carbon footprint and use of non-renewable energyof a composite product drastically compared to fossil-based reinforcedplastics. This reinforced PLA is compostable and certified by the seedling markfrom DIN Certco.


Number 2 - Cashew nutshell residual-based blocking agent

NX-2026 is an ultra-high purity 3-pentadeca-dienyl-phenolrecently developed by Cardolite through advanced proprietary processtechnology. 3-pentadeca-dienyl-phenol is the main component distilled fromcashew nutshell liquid, a renewable and non-edible resin extracted from thehoneycomb structure of the cashew nut. NX-2026 has been successfully introducedto the coating and adhesive market as a non-toxic isocyanate (NCO) blockingagent that is a suitable replacement for petrochemical phenols. NCO systemsblocked with NX-2026 provide lower viscosity and deblocking temperature thanequivalent systems blocked with phenols. Moreover, NX-2026 blocked NCOprepolymers can be used in 2K epoxy systems to improve bond and T-peelstrengths while maintaining good cure properties.


Number 3 - Bio-based andbiodegradable nets for green beans

A packaging material which is more than 80% bio-based and moresustainable than conventional polyethylene nets but has similar linear weightand mechanical properties. The innovative product developed by AimplasInstituto Tecnológico del Plástico (Spain)is a biodegradable net suitable for green beans packaging. A compound has been developed through reactiveextrusion and the combination of different biodegradable materials andadditives. Chemical modification was made by grafting lowmolecular weight units, such as oleic alcohol,obtained by the fermentation of sugars extracted from vegetable waste(watermelon).


Special award for the best bio-based concept

The Warka Water project provides an alternative water source (The WarkaWater Tower) for rural populations that faces challenges in accessing drinkablewater. The bio-based tower is 11 m tall and weighs only 80 kg. The triangulatedframe structure, made with bamboo, is optimized for lightness and strength andoffers both stability and robustness. Inside the bamboo structure hangs plasticmesh that collects droplets of water from high humidity in the air (fog) andthe collector for dew and rainwater.

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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for Research, technological development and demonstration (FP7/2007-2013) under grant agreement n° [606350].

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