IKEA’s first large-scale bioplastic product: The popular re-sealable sandwich bag ISTAD is the first large-scale bioplastic product from IKEA. The bags are made from bio-based plastics derived from sugarcane where everything is either used or reused, so there is no waste in the production. IKEA estimates to sell 1.4 billion ISTAD bags this year, which is equivalent to saving 75,000 barrels of oil. The switch to bio-based plastics is a move towards IKEA’s goal to make all their plastic products from recycled or renewable materials by 2020. Get a glimpse of the production from the sugarcane industry and the passion that goes into making a positive difference.
NatureWorks develops nonwoven technology for absorbent hygiene products: NatureWorks announced the development of a durable hydrophilic formulation that can promote skin health through improved fluid management and increased breathability for absorbent hygiene applications such as diapers, adult incontinence, and feminine hygiene products. In diapers, the combination of custom surface treatments with Ingeo-based nonwoven fabric for the topsheet can reduce the use of super absorbent polymer (SAP) or pulp by up to 30 percent for thinner, more comfortable, and cost-effective products. Moreover, these nonwovens resist re-wet two times better than polypropylene.
Bio-based PA used for operator controls in tractors: The research institute for bioplastics and biocomposites (IfBB) at the University of Hanover supported elobau, a supplier of sensor technology based in Germany, to manufacture a multi-axis joystick handle for tractors from bio-based plastic material. Elobau has been making this handle for over 10 years using a conventional petroleum-based polyamide (PA). Together with the IfBB, elobau was able to find a bio-based PA derived from castor oil and reinforced with glass fibers that could replace the old material in this sample application, which meets all requirements for processing. In future, other components such as armrests are to be produced from this material.
New bioplastic innovations from cosmetic pots to sushi platters: At this year’s Fakuma trade fair, Total Corbion PLA exhibited a number of partner applications based on Luminy® PLA resins, including a solution for luxury cosmetics packaging in the form of a biodegradable wood composite soap case, developed by Finland-based Sulapac. The material stands out with its unique wooden appearance. A bioplastic thermoformed black platter for attractive presentation of foods such as cheese, sushi and hors d’oeuvres has been developed by Pack & Proper. It is made from Luminy PLA and has been designed to exhibit a ‘stone-look’, slate appearance thanks to its surface shape. The Luminy PLA portfolio includes both high heat and standard PLA grades and is used in a wide range of markets from packaging to durable consumer goods.