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Bioplastic Injection Molding Grade Is Compostable
6/19/2013

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BASF's Ecovio F Mulch is a flexible biodegradable film, with a structure similar to that of naturally occurring polymers so it can be plowed under and broken down by microorganisms.
Source: BASF
BASF's Ecovio F Mulch is a flexible biodegradable film, with a structure similar to that of naturally occurring polymers so it can be plowed under and broken down by microorganisms. Source: BASF

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Elizabeth M   6/19/2013 5:29:11 AM
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Thanks for such a comprehensive, informative article on bioplastics, Ann, and for staying on top of this fascinating and important space. I never knew what the differences were and it seems like there is quite a range. That said, I really like the direction BASF is heading with this compostabe and biodegradeable version of Ecovio. To think that all the plastic being used for food packaging could one day be bioplastic like this that can be reused and composted in an agricultural venue is promising, especially in a world where synthetic plastic has ruled for so many years and done such damage to the environment.

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AnandY   6/19/2013 7:01:46 AM
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Thanks to the BASF research offering ecovio, a plastic that is not only completely compostable, but also has a high content of renewable raw materials.

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Ann R. Thryft   6/19/2013 12:01:45 PM
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You're welcome, Elizabeth. Since there had been a lot of comments recently that indicated some readers were confused about the nature of bioplastics, I took the opportunity to clarify a few points again. BASF is a pioneer and leader in bioplastics, especially Ecovio compostable versions, and I( think they deserve kudos for this leadership, the R&D, and the productization/commercialization.

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Elizabeth M   6/20/2013 8:08:51 AM
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I'll definitely have to keep an eye on news from BASF. I think it's really great when a company takes such initiative to do something not only good for industry, but also for the environment. Responsible business practices are the future.

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Ann R. Thryft   6/20/2013 12:20:33 PM
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When researching the company last year, I discovered its commitment to sustainability goes back several years. I was also surprised that even my husband (in a very different field from this one) had heard of the company and its leadership in this area. Here's a link that will help:
http://www.basf.com/group/corporate/en/content/sustainability/index



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Elizabeth M   6/20/2013 2:13:08 PM
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Thanks for the link, Ann. I will definitely take a look. I guess I shouldn't be surprised, as companies purely devoted to sustainability and environmental friendliness are popping up all the time know. But sounds like BASF was at the forefront.

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Ann R. Thryft   6/21/2013 1:19:53 PM
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Elizabeth, DuPont is another company that's been in the forefront of sustainability efforts, not just making sustainable plastics. I suggest you check out their website, too.
http://www2.dupont.com/inclusive-innovations/en-us/gss/sustainability.html



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Elizabeth M   6/24/2013 5:26:49 AM
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Thanks for the info, Ann. I didn't know that about DuPont. I think for some reason I had a bit of a negative view of that company in my head, growing up so close to Delaware (near Philadelphia) where the company had such an ominous industrial presence. i always thought they were just another socially irresponsible chemical company. Good to know I'm wrong!

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Ann R. Thryft   6/24/2013 12:10:46 PM
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Elizabeth, I was also surprised, and pleased, to discover that most chemical companies have been addressing sustainability issues for several years now. Pressure from consumers had a lot to do with this.

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Elizabeth M   6/25/2013 5:54:49 AM
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Another fact I didn't know, Ann, but it makes sense. As consumers become more environmentally aware, it is just a no brainer that they want the companies providing the materials for a lot of products to do the same. Let's hope this starts to have a real positive impact.

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