The Winner is
Aakar Innovations with Compostable sanitary napkins for India’s girls and women (India)
Second Place = Bio4Pack
Third Place = Pepsico & Danimer Scientific
The Finalists were
- Lolistraw, an edible and hypercompostable straws (USA)
- Noah, The world’s first biobased circular car (NL)
- Compostable sanitary napkins for India’s girls and women (India)
- Bio4Pack: PLA meat tray for fresh meat (Germany)
- PepsiCo and Danimer Scientific: biobased/compostable Flexible Package (USA)
Panel & Rule
Five judges from the academic world, the press and industry associations from America, Europa and Asia have selected the five finalists.
The proposed company, product, or service must have been developed or have been on the market during 2017 or 2018.
The Award was awarded during the European Bioplastics Conference in Berlin on 4 December 2018
Loliware (USA) Lolistraw – Edible and Hypercompostable straws
Lolistraw, introduced by Loliware of New York, USA, is the world’s first hypercompostable and even edible straw. It is made from Loliware’s patentpending, seaweed-based material technology and is home compostable, marine-degradable, and non-GMO. The material breaks down in the organics bin alongside food waste in 60 days or less. Lolistraw will last for up to 8 hours in a beverage and will have a shelf life of up to 24 months
Technische Universiteit Eindhoven (The Netherlands): The world’s first biobased circular car
The world’s first biobased circular car, designed and built in the Netherlands by the Technical University of Eindhoven, was presented earlier this year by the team of students responsible for its design and realization.
This is the first time that a car chassis and all bodywork has been made from natural and biobased materials – no metal or traditional plastics were used for the structural parts of the car. The parts are made up of light and strong sandwich panels, based on natural fiber flax and LuminyR PLA supplied by Total Corbion PLA.
Read more: First Car Made Completely From Bioplastics
Aakar Innovations (India): Compostable sanitary napkins for India’s girls and women
Menstruation, the most natural biological phenomenon for women, is considered dirty and impure throughout India. This is reflected in the way the entire concept of Menstrual Hygiene gets handled. The shame, the secrecy, lack of access to clean pads or toilet facilities further adds to the challenges.
Issues such as lack of awareness, lack of access, and un-affordability force approximately 300 million women to rely on old rags, plastic, sand, and ash to address their sanitation needs during their menstrual cycle.
The 12 % that do have access throw away approximately 433 million napkins every month generating a potential of 9,000 tonnes of sanitary waste in India. Furthermore, more than 80 % of this waste is either flushed down the toilet or ending up dumped in a landfill.
Aakar Innovations (Belapur, Mumbai, India) endeavour to break the silence around the issue of menstrual hygiene and provide knowledge and guidance to all stakeholders, especially adolescent girls.
Aakar is a hybrid social enterprise that enables women to produce and distribute affordable, high-quality, 100 % compostable sanitary napkins within their communities while simultaneously raising awareness and sensitization of menstrual hygiene management. That’s why Aakar launched a 100 % compostable sanitary pad under the brand name Anandi.
Anandi is a 100 % compostable sanitary napkin using biobased compostable polymer film. It uses virgin soft pine wood pulp containing more than 97 % of cellulose and hemi-cellulose. The wood pulp as used has pure cellulose materials with complete uniformity of fibers allowing it to decompose easily. Activated by an only eco-friendly ozone treatment process and using compostable bioplastic. The root sources of the material used is from naturally available corn starch.
Bio4Pack (Germany): PLA meat tray for fresh meat
After many years of development in cooperation with several major companies in the meat and packaging industry, Bio4Pack has launched a completely new sustainable packaging for fresh meat made from renewable raw materials. It is a world first to ensure that an important category, when it comes to the use of traditional plastic packaging, is given a full-fledged alternative and can switch to sustainable packaging.
The tray is thermoformed from sugarcane based PLA and the transparent multilayer lid is made up of a layer of cellulose based film and one of a PBS/ PBAT/PLA blend. Even the cellulose absorption pad is biobased and compostable.
The fresh meat packaging from Bio4Pack makes an important contribution to the acceptance and application of bioplastics and thus has a positive influence on the development of a circular economy.
The Bio4Pack meat packaging meet all requirements with regard to food safety and can easily be processed on all conventional packaging machines. The Bio4Pack meat trays are available in various colors and sizes. The packaging has an EN13432 certificate for compostability and is 4-star biobased rated.
The meat tray is manufactured from renewable raw materials (sugar cane) that ensure an important CO2 saving. Although the complete packaging is according to EN 13432, Bio4pack and other stakeholders in Holland are investigating the best way to recycle PLA in order to make it serve as raw material for new sustainable products and/or packaging.
PepsiCo and Danimer Scientific (USA): Gen 2 biobased/compostable Flexible Package
Since the launch of a 100 % PLA based compostable snack bag in 2009 PepsiCo has been working in conjunction with Danimer to develop the next generation of biobased resins that could enable industrial compostable snack bags with the right balance of sustainability, performance and cost. The new Danimer resins are blends of biopolymers and mineral filler. PepsiCo developed the right supply chain partners and worked on optimizing the conversion of these core films to barrier films and subsequently fully laminated film structures that meet their performance specs. This next generation bag is comparable in feel, noise and performance to PepsiCo’s current bags and certified to be industrially compostable by TUV Austria. Plans are to pilot the new biobased structures in Chile and India later this year. In the meantime, Danimer and PepsiCo are collaborating on a Generation 3 chip bag that is based on Danimer’s PHA technology and will be fully biodegradable in home composting environments.
By introducing an industrial compostable chip bag to replace an article that is unable to be recycled, this could have a large impact in the marketplace. PepsiCo’s Performance with Purpose has integrated sustainability into their business strategy and a major component of this agenda is to create packaging that is recyclable, compostable or biodegradable for all their products by end of 2025 and at the same time contributing towards the goal of 20 % reduction of GHG across the value chain. A compostable chip bag offers PepsiCo a chance to be a market leader in sustain able snack food packaging and help drive competitors to deliver products that have a reduced impact on the environment.