Toys and cars convert to bioplastics at awards

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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 of the US has developed a thermoplastic elastomer GDH-B1, which contains more than 50% renewable material from plant starch. The material is compostable and is said to be “strong and pliable with an exquisite soft touch”.

US 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 and Livemold of 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 fibres. This is the first step in the Bioconcept project to convert as many parts of the car into biobased plastic parts as possible.

Japanese company Takata 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 fibre reinforced PP with a content of natural fibres of about 70%.

The winner of the award, organized by Bioplastics Magazine, will be announced on 6 November.