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Cereplast plans commercial algae-based resins by year-end

Calling it a breakthrough technology that could replace 50% or more of the petroleum content in traditional plastic resins, bio-based polymer maker Cereplast Inc. said its program to develop a new family of algae-based resins is progressing well, and that it expects to offer the first grade of Cereplast Algae Plastics for commercial use before the end of 2010.

Cereplast currently makes its bio-based resins from corn, tapioca, wheat, and potatoes, and says its algae-based resins will complement its existing Compostables and Hybrid product lines. Cereplast founder and CEO Frederic Scheer said in a press release that the properties so far developed with algae-based materials are very close to meeting the company's expectations, and that Cereplast believes that algae will become one of the most important "green" feedstocks for both plastics and fuels.

"Our view is that developing alternative feedstock unrelated to fossil fuels and to the food chain is the next 'frontier' for bioplastics," noted Scheer. William Kelly, who leads Cereplast's algae development, added, "...the use of algae as a feedstock for plastics allows us to go full circle: the very substance that can absorb and minimize CO2 and polluting gases from the industrial process can also be turned into sustainable, renewable plastic products and biofuels while reducing our use of fossil fuels." 

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