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Ann R. Thryft
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Re: Bioplastics
Ann R. Thryft   5/30/2013 12:57:10 PM
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Thanks, Elizabeth, I agree. BTW, the photo shows the feedstock derivaive--commercially grown algae--not the final material.

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Re: Black is powerful default color
NadineJ   5/30/2013 9:53:36 AM
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It's no doubt that black is a fantastic colour but consumers want more.  Black-shiny looks very 1990; black-matte looks very 2000.  Today, just black isn't enough.  You need texture too. 

Henry Ford was a lot things.  I wouldn't put "visionary" in my top ten list to describe him though.

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Black is powerful default color
JimT@Future-Product-Innovations   5/30/2013 9:45:56 AM
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Being available in only dark earth-tones does not seem like a detrimental limitation.  Consider how many plastic things are molded in black.  Black was almost always an industrial designer's first choice in product definition for electronics (Henry Ford was a visionary!)

Plus, having developed thin-wall flow characteristics right off the bat is a huge benefit.  Recall the earliest polymers (1960's) were very limited due to their sticky viscosities.  Robust, thin-wall engineered polymers didn't really start showing up until decades later, which I utilized while developing products in the 1990's. And more than 90% of those products were marketed in black.

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What triggers Decomposition-?
JimT@Future-Product-Innovations   5/30/2013 9:38:55 AM
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This is news to me, Ann -- Good news -- as I'd not previously heard of Bioplast and Cereplast, or Algaeplast.  Once again, DN has helped keep me current with developing trends. But what is the expected life of this stuff-?  Does it begin the decompositional breakdown immediately upon injection and last "X" years-?  Or, can a product sit comfortably on shelf for forever, and then only begin to decompose when exposed to extended sunlight or other environmental conditions-?  What is the catalyst to trigger its main purpose, being biodegradable-?

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Re: Bioplastics
Elizabeth M   5/30/2013 4:49:40 AM
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It's really promising to see the use of bio material in what used to be completely synthetic plastic. I have to say, though, the material in the photo looks pretty strange! Kind of like it came from some kind of prehistoric swamp land or something. :) But hey, anything that improves the materials process and makes it more environmentally friendly is good in my book. Thanks for keeping on top of this space, Ann.

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Re: Bioplastics
Ann R. Thryft   5/29/2013 7:00:24 PM
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Agreed, Nadine, narrow color choices are a limitation of algae-based bioplastics. Sort of like Henry Ford--any color as long as it's black, uh, I mean, dark green, brown or black. Personally, I like those colors, at least for some household items like kitchenware.

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Re: Bioplastics
NadineJ   5/29/2013 5:52:27 PM
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I was excited until I saw the limited colour offering: med green, dk green, brown and black.

Definitely not on trend.  Was there any hint of better colours in the future?

How is the "low to no odor" claim measured?  I'm curious because I can see this in fantastic consumer products but not if there is even a faint whiff of algae. 

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Re: Bioplastics
Ann R. Thryft   5/29/2013 11:48:10 AM
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Thanks, Al. There's a lot going on in bioplastics as well as biofuels and a very wide range of materials as feedstocks, not all of which are plants.

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Bioplastics
apresher   5/29/2013 8:18:31 AM
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Excellent article.  It's amazing how new materials are making use of so many diverse biological sources.

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