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Cereplast Commercializes Algae-Based Bioplastic

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Elizabeth M
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Re: Another interesting bio-plastic effort
Elizabeth M   1/22/2013 1:22:36 PM
You seem to really know a lot about this, Ann...it's a bit of a new area for me. Besides algae and avocado pits, what are some of the other natural elements being used in bioplastic? Does corn play a role, as it does in biofuel? Excuse my ignorance, but it's really quite an area of interest for me. Thanks!

Ann R. Thryft
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Re: Another interesting bio-plastic effort
Ann R. Thryft   1/22/2013 11:54:20 AM
Thanks, Elizabeth. Cereplast is one of the top bioplastic makers by volume--I suspect they wouldn't do this without a great deal of preparatory research, and that's also what the four-year R&D phase implies.

Elizabeth M
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Another interesting bio-plastic effort
Elizabeth M   1/21/2013 5:48:15 AM
As related to your article on using avocado pits to create bio-fuel Ann, I find this again a step in the right direction as companies continue to explore new and more natural ways to create plastic. That Cereplast has been working on using algae to create bioplastic since 2008 shows how complex a problem it is. But as great inventions don't usually happen overnight, I think it's a worthwhile one to try to solve, as the potential for use in place of petroleum-based polymers is enormous.

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