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Chitosan Bioplastic Enhances Plants As It Degrades

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Harvard University, March 3, 2014 – Researchers at Harvard’s Wyss Institute have developed a method to carry out large-scale manufacturing of everyday objects — from cell phones to food containers and toys — using a fully degradable bioplastic isolated from shrimp shells. The objects exhibit many of the same properties…

Cereplast Ready for Italian Plastic Bag Ban

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Seymour, Ind., June 4, 2013 (PBBR) – Italy’s plastic bag ban has created some controversy among members of the European Commission (EC). The United Kingdom, with beaches that are clogged with plastic litter, is fighting Italy on its plastic bag ban because it is not sanctioned by the EC under…

Bioplastic Bags Gaining Momentum in India and Italy

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El Segundo, California, April 23, 2013 (PBBR) – Bioplastic resins used in the manufacture of single-use grocery bags are gaining momentum in India and Italy according to Cereplast, Inc. Cereplast, based in El Segundo, is receiving orders for its Cereplast Compostables® resins from the two countries in anticipation of stronger…

Plastic Packaging Industry Shifting to Bio-based Products

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ESPOO, Finland, December 5, 2012 (ENS) – A new technology developed in Finland is enabling a shift of the entire plastic packaging industry toward the use of bio-based products and away from dependence on plastics made from petroleum. The VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland has developed a new technique…

Baguio Mayor Wins Merchants Over to Biodegradable Bags

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BAGUIO CITY, Philippines, October 8, 2012 (ENS) – Baguio Mayor Mauricio Domogan is proud of his beautiful city, high in the Philippine Cordillera on northern Luzon island, so he is putting his political muscle behind the city’s anti-plastic ordinance. Nestled high in the mountains, Baguio survived a killer earthquake in…

Starbucks Food Waste Becomes Bioplastic Feedstock

Starbucks Food Waste Becomes Bioplastic Feedstock

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Biorefinery Transforms Food Waste to Plastic PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, August 21, 2012 (ENS) – Starbucks is participating in a project to turn used coffee grounds and stale baked goods from its restaurants into bioplastics. At the national meeting of the American Chemical Society in Philadelphia Monday, a scientist from Hong Kong…

Bright Future Forecast for Bioplastic Packaging

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Rising Demand for Bioplastic | Plastic Bag Ban Report CLEVELAND, Ohio, July 3, 2012 (ENS) – Demand for bioplastics in the United States will expand “strongly” through 2016, when it is expected to reach 550 million pounds, valued at nearly $700 million, finds a new report by The Freedonia Group,…

Global Alliance to Advance Plant-Based Packaging

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BioBased Packaging | Plastic Bag Ban Report Atlanta, GA, June 5, 2012 (PBBR) – Five global companies have jointly agreed to form an alliance for the purpose of accelerating the development and use of 100% plant-based PET materials and fiber to create biobased packaging of their products. The Coca-Cola Company,…

Turning Green Plants Into Greener Plastics

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Green Plastics | Plastic Bag Ban Report NEWARK, Delaware, May 3, 2012 (ENS) – A team of chemical engineers has discovered a new way to make plastic bottles and food packaging from plants rather than from petroleum. Researchers from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and the University of Delaware announced…

Pres. Obama Announces New Government Bio-Based Products Initiative

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February 21, 2012 —  U.S. President Barack Obama issued a Presidential Memorandum today which sets forth a new, bio-based products initiative.   Directing federal agencies to significantly increase the purchase of bio-based products over the next two years, the memorandum was issued to the heads of executive departments and agencies. As part…