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Six new materials and products out of 17 applications have been nominated for the innovation award Bio-based Material of the Year 2020. The three winners will be chosen at the end of the first day of the online International Conference on Bio-based Materials, 12 May 2020.
Editorial office / Hürth

The contest is sponsored by Yncoris Industrial Services. The 6 selected candidates are:

Fraunhofer Institute for Silicate Research ISC (DE): bioORMOCER® – functional barrier coatings
Fraunhofer ISC has developed a functional barrier coating (ORMOCER®) that enables mono-material packaging, paper-based and compostable. With these coatings, the properties required for packaging food, cosmetics and pharmaceuticals can be achieved. The packaging can be easily recycled or composted. bioORMOCER® is bio-based and compostable and it uses bioorganic structures from green waste, or chitosan.

Huhtamaki Lurgan (UK/FI): Fresh – Biodegradable ready meal packaging
Fresh is a fully bio-based and biodegradable ready meal packaging. It is a fibre-based ready meal tray, which is functional as a black plastic alternative, but easier to recycle and certified for home composting. It is made from natural wood fibres which are sourced from FSC certified and renewable Nordic forests. Fresh has been developed in collaboration by Huhtamaki, Saladworks (UK), and Södra (SE) through a BBI JU funded Horizon 2020 project (Feb 2017 – July 2020). The tray is food-safe, both oven proof and microwavable, cooler to touch, maintains rigid when heated and natural aesthetically pleasing. Trays are produced in Northern Ireland by Huhtamaki Lurgan using bespoke machines which were developed by Huhtamaki engineers.

LAM’ON (BG): LAM’ON – Biodegradable laminating film
LAM’ON is a 100% biodegradable laminating film for print and packaging. It is derived from renewable resources like corn. The glue layer that was developed specifically for the needs of the industry is completely toxic-free. It is also water soluble and that will ease the recycling process. The production method is simplified in a way that saves time and money. LAM’ON offers the same results, is used on the same machines, and is offered at the same price range as the currently used laminating films.

Mondi Engineered Materials (AT): biodegradable nonwovens for wipes
Mondi’s new Carded Airlaid Carded (CAC) line allows producing a fully biodegradable nonwoven for wipes. The new technology uses 100% cellulose content resulting in a nonwoven material that behaves like a classical spun lace. The CAC line makes it possible to combine three layers into a highly functional and stable composite material in-line. It improves the sustainability of non-wovens by using pulp that is a less energy intensive raw material than viscose but still achieves the properties of a 100% viscose-based material (e.g. soft and efficient cleaning). The new CAC line will be operational in beginning of 2021.

monta Klebebandwerk (DE): monta biopack® – self-adhesive tape
monta biopack® is the first certified sustainable self-adhesive tape made in Germany. Made from about 90% renewable resources, its carrier is a bio-based PLA film that is coated with a natural rubber adhesive. Under industrial composting conditions, this packaging tape biodegrades within a few months. monta biopack® meets the requirements on disintegration (composting), biodegradation, ecotoxicity and material characteristics of EN 13432, ASTM D 6400-04, AS 4736 (2006) and ISO 17088 (2012): Certified by TÜV Austria and awarded with the “OK COMPOST INDUSTRIAL” conformity mark, monta biopack® is the eco-friendly choice for sealing cardboard boxes, biodegradable bags and for bundling flowers and garden waste. Its sustainable roll length of 80 m and 1,200 m reduces unnecessary packaging waste.

TENSAC (AR): ESTEN 80 – Bio-based insecticide
ESTEN 80 is a bio-based insecticide and acaricide which is natural, works in direct contact with the insects and obtained from a process where the main ingredients are fatty acids derived from vegetable oils and sucrose. The conferred properties of being completely biodegradable make it especially suited for Integral Pest Management (I.M.P). It does not only act as an insecticide/acaricide, but also as an adjuvant significantly improving its adhesion to the application crops. ESTEN 80 is especially indicated for application in citrus (e.g. lemon, orange), grape, tomato, horticultural crops, strawberry, blueberry, apple, pear, peach, tobacco, tea, olives and walnuts. ESTEN 80 adheres to the insect, forming a film that acts on the protective layer and dissolves them.

The established “International Conference on Bio-based Materials”, 12–13 May, 2020 will be held online and conference participants will elect the winners of the innovation award by an online poll.

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