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Ivan Kirkpatrick
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Bioplastics and Price
Ivan Kirkpatrick   8/30/2011 9:37:52 AM
Bioplastics must compete on price as well as on functionality and service.  The worldwide supply of hydrocarbons, long the base coponent in many plastics, is not in immediate danger of becoming a scarce resource.  That means the bioplastics have to match or at least be very competitive with hydrocarbon based plastics.  We all love to think green but when faced with a price discrepancy it sometimes cannot be ignored.  The rising prices of the hydrocarbons needs to be taken into account as well as the ability to recycle.

The USA has huge reserves of oil and gas and if we can manage to utilize these without damaging the environment we can expect many more years of their availability at more or less reasonable costs..      

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