February 5, 2008

Bioplastics Made from Plants

Snapshot 2008-02-04 18-05-29.jpg Since 2001, Cereplast (cereal + plastic) has been making plant-based resins used to make compostable and biodegradable plates, cups, and utensils, which break down after 180 days. With many California cities and countries in Europe and Asia banning polystyrene, the demand for eco-friendly plastics is on the rise. Made from U.S.-farmed corn, wheat, and potato with tapioca grown in Africa and Asia, Cereplast does not use any genetically modified plants. Cereplast bioplastic prices are competitive, especially as petroleum prices rise.

Cereplast produces 45 million pounds of raw bioplastic each year! Based in California, Cereplast is the world's largest manufacturer of bioplastic resin. Unfortunately, 1/3 of the bioplastic resin is shipped to China for manufacturing, thus leaving a larger carbon footprint than if used by US manufacturers. You can view the process for making bioplastic on CNET and the Sundance Channel's Big Ideas for a Small Planet:  Paper or Plastic? episode.

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Posted by Jennifer Lance at February 5, 2008 5:07 AM

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