Alcoa KAMA has decided to make plastic sheet for food service packaging using Cereplast's starch-based, biodegradable resins. It plans to start making the biodegradable sheet in the fourth quarter of 2007 for sale in commercial rolls, a spokesperson for the company said. The source also said that sheet production could eventually surpass 1 million pounds per year, depending on demand. Some U.S. municipalities, including two California cities, have banned the use of polystyrene-based packaging products by food vendors, leading food service suppliers to look for alternative packaging. Cereplast said its resins completely break down in compost. Cereplast's renewable plastics are not fossil-fuel based and can be used in converting processes such as injection molding, thermoforming, blow molding, and extrusion. "Working together [with Cereplast], we have created an environmental solution for disposable plastics that is part of the leading edge and competitive edge of sustainable plastics," said Juan Lopez of Alcoa KAMA.
Biodegradable Approach to Fast Food
Mon, 11/06/2006 - 6:36am