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Bioplastics Council announces 2009 agenda

A busy year is ahead for the newly formed Bioplastics Council, a special interest group launched in 2008 by the Society of the Plastics Industry (Washington, DC), which recently released its 2009 key initiatives.

(Washington, DC), which recently released its 2009 key initiatives. “The bioplastics industry is still in its infancy but growing fast, so now is the time for this group to help lay a foundation by providing guidance concerning bioplastics terminology and the harmonization of policies and practices,” says chair Bob Findlen, VP of sales and marketing at Telles, a joint venture between Metabolix and Archer Daniels Midland Co. that makes Mirel bioplastics.

The group plans to publish its first-ever Bioplastics Industry Overview Report, which will include information on market growth, applications, companies, products made, and production numbers. To clear up any confusing terms such as biobased and biodegradable, the council will publish a terminology guide. In order to inform other organizations of the issues impacting the bioplastics industry, the council has planned spring meetings with the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture and the Federal Trade Commission.

At the SPI-sponsored NPE 2009, June 22-26 in Chicago, the Bioplastics Council will organize and lead a “Business of Bioplastics” educational program and will participate in the Emerging Technologies Pavilion. [email protected]

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