Cereplast unveils breakthrough bio-based foamable resin

Cereplast, Inc., developer of proprietary bio-based sustainable plastics, recently announced the launch of a breakthrough bio-based foamable resin to compete with Styrofoam® and other foamable petroleum-based resins. Cereplast Compostable 5001® will complement Cereplast's existing line of Compostables®, expanding market applications for Cereplast resins. Cereplast Compostables 5001® is designed to meet the needs of all converters, manufactures and brand owners interested in substituting polystyrene foam with an environmentally sustainable plastic. Cereplast Compostable 5001® is a compostable foam using Ingeo™ PLA and various biodegradable and compostable components. This breakthrough resin is ideally suited for thermo-forming application, such as egg cartons, meat trays and mushroom and berries boxes. The company says plastic converters need not to make new capital expenditure as the new resin can be used on conventional extrusion equipment, without process or screw changes. A foam density of 5 lb/cubic foot can be achieved using conventional equipment. Cereplast Compostables 5001® has higher thermal properties than traditional Compostables and is an ideal way for plastics manufactures to reduce their dependence on petroleum-based plastics.
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