World's First Sustainable Polypropylene: Biopropylene ™

11-Oct-07
Cereplast, Inc. has launched a new family of resins, Cereplast Hybrid Resins™. The new resins will complement Cereplast's existing line of compostable resins, Cereplast Compostables™, expanding market applications for Cereplast resins. Both resin families, Cereplast Compostables™ and Cereplast Hybrid Resins™, are perfectly suited to meet the needs of all converters, manufactures and brand owners interested in producing and selling environmentally sustainable plastic. Cereplast Hybrid Resins(TM), also known as Biopolyolefins™, replaces 50% or more of the petroleum content used in traditional plastic resins with bio-based materials such as starches from corn, tapioca, wheat and potatoes. With nearly the same physical characteristics and price point as traditional polyolefin, Cereplast Hybrid Resins(TM) are an ideal way for plastic manufactures to reduce their reliance on petroleum. Polyolefins have the largest market share of any synthetic polymers, representing more than 250 billion pounds globally. Cereplast Hybrid Resins™ are ideal for nearly all brand owners and converters looking to enhance sustainability in their processes by replacing traditional petroleum-based plastic in multiple markets, including automotive, consumer electronics, toys, medical, entertainment packaging, furniture, cosmetic packaging, consumer goods and construction. With significant content derived from starches, the pricing of Cereplast Hybrid Resins™ is not as influenced by volatile oil prices as traditional plastics. In addition, Cereplast Hybrid Resins™ can be processed at the same cycle time as traditional plastics on conventional equipment, but requires less energy in the production process by using significantly lower machine temperatures. The first resin from the Cereplast Hybrid Resins™family, Biopropylene™ is based on 50% petroleum and 50% starches creating similar properties to traditional polypropylene. Currently, the polypropylene global market is greater than 100 billion pounds and Biopropylene(TM) can replace traditional polypropylene in the vast majority of applications. Biopropylene™ can be used in a variety of manufacturing processing including injection molding, thermoforming, profile extrusion, and extrusion blow molding and meets the requirements for toxicity set by ASTM D 6400-04 specifications, making Cereplast Hybrid Resins(TM) safe for all applications. Additional Biopropylene™ resins will become available in different formulations, replacing anywhere from 50% to 70% of the traditional petroleum content.
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