Bioplastic award nominees range from toys to cars

David Eldridge

Published: October 11, 2012 6:00 am ET

Related to this story

Topics Sustainability, Materials, Suppliers

MÖNCHENGLADBACH, GERMANY (Oct. 11, 1 p.m. ET) — Finalists in the 7th Bioplastics Award, which will be announced in early November, include applications in two contrasting markets: children’s toys and automotive.

Green Dot Holdings LLC of Cottonwood Falls, Kan., has developed a thermoplastic elastomer GDH-B1, which contains more than 50 percent renewable material from plant starch. The material is compostable and is said to be “strong and pliable with an exquisite soft touch”.

U.S. toymaker BeginAgain Toys is introducing the Green Dot elastomer in two products: Scented Scoops, an ice cream play set, and the Green Ring teether.

A German toymaker, Martin Fuchs, has launched its Bioline range of sandbox toys, made from PLA and other materials supplied by Linotech GmbH & Co. KG of Waldenburg, Germany, and Livemold Trading GmbH of Breitungen, Germany. Consumers can return end-of-life products which are recycled and used in the core of new toys using a two-component sandwich structure.

The Institute for Bioplastics and Biocomposites (IfBB) is a finalist with its racing car tailgate made with an epoxy resin reinforced with flax fibers. This is the first step in the Bioconcept project to convert as many parts of the car into biobased plastic parts as possible.

Tokyo-based Takata Corp. is on the award shortlist for its continuing showcase project to present the possibilities and limits of using biobased plastics in sensitive automotive applications such as airbags and steering wheels. The company has tested components according to automotive industry specifications.

The fifth finalist is Full Circle Design and its Clps presentation and promotion system. This has extruded profiles made of grass fiber reinforced PP with a content of natural fibers of about 70 percent.

The winner of the award, organized by M"nchengladbach-based Bioplastics Magazine, will be announced on Nov. 6.


Comments

Bioplastic award nominees range from toys to cars

David Eldridge

Published: October 11, 2012 6:00 am ET

Post Your Comments


Back to story


More stories

Image

Huntsman closing four pigment plants

March 5, 2015 3:36 pm ET

Huntsman Corp. is closing four plants — three in the U.S. and one in Germany — that make pigments for plastics and other markets.    More

Image

LiquiForm looks to fundamentally change blow molding process for bottles

March 5, 2015 12:13 pm ET

Those in the know are lifting the veil, just a bit, on fledgling technology being developed that would fundamentally change the way plastic bottles...    More

Image

Bigger doors, windows gain appeal

March 5, 2015 11:43 am ET

Door and window manufacturers are continuing to super-size product lines to make a grander first impression at main entrances and to expand vista...    More

Image

PET makes it possible to have your beer and be sustainable too

March 5, 2015 10:45 am ET

PET could replace stainless steel beer kegs in a material swap product developers say will be more environmentally friendly and cost effective for...    More

Image

Mold maker Moldworx building in Arizona to bring in more molding

March 5, 2015 10:13 am ET

Moldworx LLC has begun leasing more space in Gilbert, Ariz., to allow it to grow its injection molding business.    More

Market Reports

Flexible Packaging Trends in North America

North America represents about 30 percent of the global consumption of flexible packaging. Annual growth in this region is forecast at 4 percent during the next 5 years.

For more insight on growth opportunities, drivers of growth and the outlook for 2015, download this report.

Learn more

Plastics Recycling Trends in North America

This report is a review and analysis of the North American Plastics Recycling Industry, including key trends and statistics based on 2013 performance. We examine market environment factors, regulatory issues, industry challenges, key drivers and emerging trends in post-consumer and post-industrial recycling.

Learn more

Plastics in Mexico - State of the Industry Report

This report analyzes the $20 billion plastics industry in Mexico including sales of machinery & equipment, resins and finished products.

Our analysts provide insight on business trends, foreign investment, top end markets and plastics processing activity. The report also provides important data on exports, production, employment and value of plastics products manufactured.

Learn more

Upcoming Plastics News Events

June 2, 2015 - June 3, 2015Plastics Financial Summit - Chicago 2015

September 16, 2015 - September 18, 2015Plastics Caps & Closures - September 2015

More Events