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High-flyer Bioplastics

High-flyer Bioplastics: Breakfast Set of bioplastics
Breakfast Set of bioplastics ©Biodora

Bioplastics versus Plastic Products made of Raw Oil

If you look around in their own home or in the supermarket, you will quickly find out that we are completely surrounded by plastic. Packaging, kitchen and household items … everywhere we find the practical material. Over the past century, plastics have got off to a veritable triumph. The industry appreciates the material to be stable, lightweight and that it can be used individually. Even at low temperatures plastic can be shaped. The production of the packaging is correspondingly affordable.

There’s just one catch. The production of plastics is becoming increasingly more expensive as raw oil and natural gas are becoming scarce and the purchase prices increase accordingly. So it comes slowly to a rethinking process for purely economic reasons.

Environment and Health

But the actual light shade sides of plastics are long known: When the disused products are disposed of, it takes about 500 years for the plastics being degraded. Not all countries do collect their waste by way of recycling bins and feed it back by recycling into the cycle of reusable materials. Instead, our oceans serve as a plastic garbage dump. The increase in environmental burden and pollution is impressively represented in the film Plastic Planet.

In addition to the environmental problem also the negative effects on the health of humans and animals increase. We absorb the smallest plastic particles through the skin and the food. Firstly, because we are in contact with skin in our daily use with plastic, especially with the so harmful bisphenol A. Secondly, because through the packaging and storage in plastic our food gives tiny particles thereof to us. And because by the disposal in seas and lakes now also fish are polluted with plastic deposits – and then finish up freshly caught on our plates.

Bioplastic provides a remedy

Luckily, there are now an increasing number of alternatives from bioplastic. These have advantages in terms of health and the environment and are therefore very sustainable.

In the production mostly renewable raw materials on the basis of starch and cellulose are used. This saves resources and the climate, because after use the products manufactured hereby set free only the amount of carbon dioxide that was previously taken up by the plants used from the atmosphere during their growth phase. Through the use of products made from bioplastics, the CO2 emissions will be reduced, the finite fossil resources are protected. At the same time we reduce our dependence on them.

There is also a health harmlessness, since no hazardous plasticizers such as bisphenol A are included.

It is important to distinguish between bioplastics, which are made from renewable resources, and those that are biodegradable, and therefore compostable. What is meant here mostly is compostable in the commercial sense. So you run no risk that the products decompose into their constituents in your own household. The prefix “bio” of bioplastics thus has a two-fold (and therefore slightly confusing) meaning.

Provider of bioplastic

A world without plastic, it will no longer exist. As a consumer, you can be resourceful by for example avoiding plastic bags or at least using them multiple times, or by replacing plastic by glass containers. And in addition, take care for yourself by switching to bioplastics. Provider of bioplastic products can be found on Greenpicks – Eco- and Upcycling-Market, for example storage boxes by ajaa!, kitchen and household helpers by Biodora, children’s toys by BioFactur, pens by Biowert and freezer bags by NaKu.

To get started we recommend especially the breakfast set of Biodora in the shop of promavis.

High-flyer Bioplastics: Storage box from ajaa!
Storage box from ajaa! © ajaa!
High-flyer Bioplastics: Freezer Bags of bioplastics
Freezer Bags of bioplastics © NaKu
High-flyer Bioplastics: Bucket of bioplastics
Bucket of bioplastics ©BioFactur



History of origins and outlook

Since the mid-1950s, there are large-scale manufacturing processes for today dominant plastics polyethylene and polypropylene. Plastics have been developed for diverse applications with different material properties. It was only after 1980, there were innovations in the field of bioplastics, which are mainly due to an altered ecological awareness. Renewable raw materials and closed cycles were the arguments for this, later it was also the substitution of oil as the main raw material due to rising oil prices and the finiteness of resources.

Currently, the development of bioplastics is mainly driven on the basis of sustainability and resource conservation. Agricultural land for the substantial use of renewable raw materials is considered as an essential pillar of agriculture in the future. In the meantime, there is a real flying high of the biomaterial bioplastic observable. Even experts were surprised by the latest growth forecasts for bioplastics. Their wildest expectations will be greatly exceeded in the coming years. By 2016, the global market is expected to quintuple its production volume to nearly 6 million tons. This emerges from a market forecast that the industry association European Bioplastics, Berlin, publishes annually in cooperation with the Institute of bioplastics and biocomposites of the University of Hannover.


Alternative Gift Ideas

Alternative Gift Ideas for Christmas and other opportunities

The online marketplace Greenpicks for ecological and sustainable products offers opportunity for conscious consumption – alternative gift ideas for Christmas and other opportunities.

In the Advent season some people may be wondering how to escape the pre-Christmas shopping frenzy and instead may get meaningful Christmas presents.
Taking up the issue consciously, soon comes up the desire to consume sustainably in the festive season. In this way, seeking out the gifts already brings joy and does not become a painful duty.

Because with alternative gift ideas you take into account the different aspects of sustainability at the same time. Be it the conservation of our planet through the use of ecological materials and the environmentally friendly production. Or the appreciation of already used discarded objects, as it is the case with Upcycling. Also the fair and equitable treatment and payment of the producers may be reflected in the gifts consciously selected.

So the joy is spread equally to recipient, giver and manufacturers. And the white Christmas becomes a green Christmas.

Here are a few examples for concretization and inspiration for alternative gift ideas:


There are exceptional bags that are made artfully in a specific folding technique from old food packages such as chocolate or snack packaging in the shop of franksArt. Upcycling bags in all shapes and sizes can also be found in the shops of Marron Rouge und Ragbag. Here, for example, tea big packs, bicycle innertubes and tires or recycled seatbelts are the starting material.

Alternative Gift Ideas
Shoulderbag of recycled foil ©ragbag
Alternative Gift Ideas
Messenger Bag made of recycled safety belt and inner tube © Marron Rouge

Wooden Eco Toys

Alternative Gift Ideas
Wooden Eco Toys ©VARIS

Wood instead of plastic. This is very beneficial especially for the health and development of children. A nice selection of wooden eco toys presents the company VARIS toys from Latvia in the store of promavis. The constructions sets and stacking blocks are made of high quality birch wood 100 % FSC® (Forest Stewardship Council) certified.


Alternative Gift Ideas
ajaa! storage box made of bioplastics © ajaa

Although plastic boxes last long in the household, eventually they have served their time. This point in time can be used to change to bioplastics. Great products from Biodora and ajaa! are in store of promavis und Monalito. Products of bioplastics are made of renewable resources and without harmful plasticizers.

Organic Fashion

Alternative Gift Ideas
Elegant Tunic made of organic cotton ©MYBH

Who wants to give a slightly more elegant new favorite, will make a find in the store of MAY YOU BE HAPPY. In winter it belongs on the head: Beanies from organic wool, happily knitted by rotlilie. And if the shoes already have holes, then you can take a look at the cool hemp sneakers from Grand Step Shoes in the shop of variomondo. The materials for eco fashion come from certified organic farming, GOTS certified or fair trade wool.

Alternative Gift Ideas
Organic Hemp Sneaker ©Grand Step Shoes
Alternative Gift Ideas
Beanie eco wool ©rotlilie


Alternative Gift Ideas

Alternative Gift Ideas
Alternative Gift Ideas

The online marketplace for sustainable products offers opportunity for conscious consumption – alternative gift ideas for Christmas and other opportunities.

Cologne, 5 December 2013 – The online marketplace Eco- and UpcyclingMarket has taken up the cause of to offer alternatives to the prevailing gifts consumption binge during the Christmas season. “Whoever deals consciously with the subject, soon comes to the decision to select sustainable gifts.” says Annette Husmann, owner of Eco- and Upcycling Market. This is where the philosophy of the Internet marketplace comes into play, which celebrated its first anniversary in October of this year. Instead of devoting themselves to the complete renunciation of consumption, here alternative gift ideas are presented, which allow the informed consumers aware, strategic and sustainable consuming. The selection ranges from a wide selection of Upcycling products through bioplastics household goods, wooden toys and furniture to organic fashion.

Anniversary offer: Christmas baking set made of bioplastics and beechwood from Biodora

Anniversary offer: Christmas baking set from Biodora
Anniversary offer: Christmas baking set from Biodora

Especially for children Advent is the time of anticipation. Children love to make Christmas preparations together with the parents. Stir batter, cut out and decorate cookies. Is there anything better than the smell of homemade biscuits and stollen?

Equipment of the Christmas Baking Set

If you want to bake good cakes you need certain equipment. We have put it together in the anniversary offer by promavis. Cookie cutters and measuring cups made of bioplastic, rolling pin and bakeware from FSC certified wood and a brush with natural bristles as a complete set for small and big baking beginners and bakery fans.

For the first year anniversary of Eco- and Upcycling-Market promavis has significantly expanded its product offering. For many aspects of life such as kitchen, living accessories, health needs and organic fashion promavis offers ecological and environmentally friendly products. The dealer for sustainable products has many well-known manufacturers in the program, such as ajaa, Biodora, Hevea, OAT Shoes, Speltex, Weltecke and many more. The offer of promavis includes spa products, organic cleaning products, eco green toys and lifestyle products such as kitchen accessories, home textiles and much more.

Not only that promavis basically puts great emphasis on sustainability, the offering is particularly multifaceted in bioplastic products. Kitchen accessories from sustainable forestry completes the range. For everybody needs everyday and useful things in the household. For this purpose, the shop owner offers a variety of alternatives to plastic produced from petroleum. Bioplastic is free of harmful plasticizers, bisphenol A and bisphenol B. It can be recycled to hundred percent. The kitchen equipment meets the requirements of the European Food Law (LFGB). The Biodora bioplastic products in the shop of promavis comply with the regulations of the European Food Law (LFGB) and are audited by certified institutes.

For the first year anniversary of Eco- and Upcycling-Market we present together with promavis the Deal of the Week: only from 4 to 11 November 2013, there is the Christmas baking set for 19.99 Euros. Only while stocks last.

And the missing ingredients such as eggs and lard, sugar and salt, milk and flour are for sure in the organic supermarket or farm shop around the corner.