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Cereplast ready to serve Asian market Cereplast, Inc. (Seymour, Indiana, USA), recently announced it is strongly positioned to meet soaring demand for bioplastic resins in the Asia-Pacific market. The region is forecasted to gain the highest global growth rate of 25.7% during the period of 2011 through 2016, according to a 2013 report by Research and Markets. Cereplast provides the global market with its innovative range of bioplastic resin designed for multiple purposes. Cereplast recently generated $450,000 in India for its bioplastics resins and new contracts are expected going forward. These contracts are indicative of the expected surge in market growth. Key factors driving increased volume in the bioplastic market include escalating fossil fuel prices, the effort to decrease dependence on fossil fuels, wider consumer acceptance of plastic alternatives, rise in demand for ecofriendly packaging materials, and the need to better protect and preserve the environment from the perils of plastics. Each has resulted in regulations banning the use of plastic bags in various countries across the globe.

Given the surge and versatility of petroleum prices, Cereplast Sustainables® resins provide a competitive pricing structure for products traditionally made with fossil fuel-based plastics, given the surge in petroleum prices. Cereplast Sustainables can replace up to 95% or more of the petroleum content used in traditional plastics and provide a lower carbon footprint for durable applications such as automotive, consumer goods, fashion accessories, consumer electronics, medical packaging, cosmetics packaging, toys, furniture, office supplies, home accessories and construction. The Cereplast Sustainables resins include the Cereplast Bio-polyolefins® grades, as well as Ethylene Acrylate, Polylactic Acid and Polypropylene-filled biobased resins. MT

SPI Bioplastics Council released position paper The Bioplastics Council, a committee of SPI: The U.S. Plastics Industry Trade Association, announced in late August the release of “Development of Biobased Plastics Independent of the Future of Biofuels,” a new paper challenging the widely held perception that the biobased plastics industry is inextricably linked to and dependent on the emergence of a robust biorefining industry. In addition, the Council hosted a corresponding webinar September 10. “It is quite reasonable to assume that the bioplastics industry will follow the same pattern that the petrochemicals and traditional plastics industry followed a century ago in being dependent on the byproducts of fuel production,” said Dr. Carol Van Zoeren, Technology Manager – Packaging and Industrial Products at DuPont and Chair of the Council’s Beginning of Life Committee. “We have examined the fundamental differences – demand, technology, infrastructure – between then and now and our determination is that while bioplastics could certainly benefit from a robust biofuels industry, these differences suggest that other patterns may be possible.”

that a commercially viable scale for biobased plastics can be much smaller than a commercially viable scale for biofuels. The smaller scale opens up many opportunities for biobased plastics. The paper acknowledges economic, societal and environmental challenges as the biobased plastics industry develops and provides an overview of industry-driven efforts to navigate toward a future with a more sustainable biobased plastics industry.

Info: Read or download the position paper here:

The paper examines several angles and some implications which could enable biobased plastics to grow independently of biofuels. The paper also argues

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