These international brands are using bio-based materials: Apple, McDonald's, Chanel, BMW, Casio...

  • 2022-09-15
On October 20-21, 2022, the Biodegradable Materials Research Institute and TK Bio-based Materials will hold the "Bio-based Materials Technology and Application Forum". The forum will discuss the cutting-edge technologies and product applications of bio-based materials, such as PLA, FDCA, PHA, bio-PBS and other bio-based plastics and bio-based fibers, focusing on the modification, processing and downstream applications of polylactic acid (fibers, film bags, catering tools, packaging materials, etc.). Chen Guoqiang, Andy Lau from Tsinghua University, Zhang Yu, a Chinese national student, Bian Xinchao from Changchun Institute of Applied Chemistry, Jiang Min from Nanjing University of Technology, and Fan Yaqing from Anhui Fengyuan delivered keynote speeches. Welcome to scan the code and register to participate in the exhibition.
Due to the environmental protection of bio-based materials, leading companies in various fields have begun to develop bio-based materials to replace fossil materials from the perspective of environmental protection and brand image. Bioplastics have entered almost every industry: food and beverage packaging, agriculture, textiles... Thanks to improved technical performance, technological innovation has also extended to many fields such as the automotive, medical and electronics industries. Next, let's take a look at the bio-based products launched by these international brands.

1. Apple: Using bio-based materials on the glass support frame of the iPhone According to Apple’s official website, Apple aims to achieve zero carbon emissions by 2030. The use of bio-based materials for the glass support frame was first mentioned back in December 2018 when the iPhone XS was released. To meet Apple's biomaterial requirements, French supplier Arkema provided bio-based polyamide (PA) parts. There is only one company in the world that can industrialize bio-based polyamides.

2. McDonald’s: Start trial of clear cups from recycled plastic and bio-based materials According to McDonald’s, these test cups are made from post-consumer plastic (PCR) and bio-based materials (from plants, cooking oil after restaurant use) Each share is divided into half, and the final production is a transparent plastic cup. The cups are already available to customers at dozens of McDonald's restaurants in Georgia.

3. Chanel: Introducing a new bio-based cap Chanel launched a very popular fragrance in 2018 - Les Eaux De Chanel, the bottle of this perfume is lighter, and the outer packaging has no excess coating, which is conducive to follow-up packaging recycling. And recently, Chanel has been thinking about perfume caps, launching a cap that is 91% bio-based, sourced from renewable raw materials or FSC-certified materials. The bio-based cap was developed over two years by Chanel and the Finnish company Sulapac. Although it is a bio-based bottle cap, its process is still not simple. The bottle cap has a three-layer structure. The sound of holding and closing has been optimized through relevant experiments. After 48 repeated attempts, the final product was obtained.

4. BMW: Start using bio-based interiors in cars With the growing demand for bio-based interiors and accessories from BMW, BMW is partnering with some startups to start mass-producing these interiors. One of the cooperating start-ups is Adriano di Marti, a Mexican company that produces cactus-based materials for the automotive industry, consisting of powdered cactus fibers and a bio-based polyurethane substrate. The BMW Group is working with the company to use cactus-based leather in the steering wheel and interior trim of cars. "We believe that our cactus-based bio-based material can gradually replace traditional cowhide and make a significant contribution to the sustainability of the automotive industry," said founders Marte Cázarez and Adrián López Velarde.

It is understood that the company's cultivated cactus fields absorb 8,100 tons of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere every year. These cacti do not require irrigation and do not produce wastewater. Unlike cowhide, leather made from cacti does not require the use of chemicals for traditional tanning, and it does not produce methane gas that pollutes the environment when animals grow up.

5. Casio uses biomass plastic in the case, strap and back cover
Casio recently announced the new PRO TREK series PRW-61, which is the first bioplastic watch product using renewable organic substances.
Biomass plastic is used in the case, strap and back cover. This material is a polymer material produced from organic natural substances such as castor oil and corn oil through chemical or biological synthesis.

6. Philips launches kitchen appliances made of 100% bio-based plastics
Philips recently launched Eco Conscious Edition, a series of energy-saving and environmentally friendly kitchen appliances, which are made of 100% bio-based plastics from coffee machines, toasters and kettles.
These plastics are made from recycled vegetable oils. After the vegetable oil is used, it is safely collected and transported to a factory specializing in processing the waste into bio-based plastic pellets, which are then used by Philips to manufacture the eco-friendly range of kitchen appliances.

7. SABIC launches bio-based PC for mobile phone battery cover
To help the consumer electronics industry achieve its net-zero carbon emissions goal, SABIC recently launched the first bio-based polycarbonate (PC) copolymer LNP™ ELCRIN™ EXL7414B, which is used in the battery cover of the latest realme smartphone GT2Pro.

This material is the first commercial grade in a series of materials that SABIC has achieved International Sustainability and Carbon Certification (ISCC+), and is formulated with a bio-based content of more than 50% from waste (calculated by the mass balance method), and No food chain competition.

8. Trinseo launched bio-based ABS, PC
Trinseo MAGNUM ABS resin (Chinese brand name: Mai Chun) has a long-standing reputation in the automotive market for its excellent properties such as low odor and low gloss.

In the first half of the year, Trinseo launched a new member of bioplastics: MAGNUM™ BIO ABS, which contains up to 80% bio-attributed materials. It is assessed according to the internationally recognized ISCC Mass Balance (International Sustainability and Carbon Verification Mass Balance).
Following the long glass fiber reinforced ABS LGF and PC/ABS ECO series with high content of recycled PC, Trinseo's sustainable ABS series has launched bio-based ABS (MAGNUM BIO ABS), which continues to help automotive customers. achieve sustainable development goals.


On October 20-21, 2022, the "Bio-based Materials Technology and Application Forum" jointly sponsored by the Institute of Biodegradable Materials and TK Bio-based Materials will be held in Suzhou. The forum will lay out the entire industry chain of bio-based materials. Experts from authoritative institutions and leading enterprises in the industry communicate and learn together to promote the healthy and rapid development of my country's bio-based industry.

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