Except for injection molder Nypro, the Bioplastics Council's current members are all suppliers and compounders: Arkema, BASF, Cereplast, DuPont, Jamplast, NatureWorks, PolyOne, Teknor Apex and Telles. The SPI has three other industry councils, one each for processors, material suppliers and machinery manufacturers. Each of these has committees within it, such as the machine safety standards committee within the Equipment Council.
The SPI Bioplastics Council was initially launched in order to provide a forum for resin and additive suppliers, as well as processors, equipment suppliers and distributors, to promote the development of bioplastics as an integral part of the plastics industry and who are actively engaged in the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) region. Now, two new membership categories: Associate Membership and Professional/Trade Association Membership.
Associate Membership is open to brand owners, retailers of bioplastics products, providers of industrial services, publishers, research consulting partnerships, and others who devote a significant part of their efforts to the bioplastics industry in the NAFTA region. The Professional and Trade Association Membership is open to individuals and trade associations engaged in activities directly related to the development or utilization of bioplastics and who are not eligible for the other membership categories.
Brand owners have shown increasing interest in these materials, as we've reported as recently as these recent articles on bioplastics. Companies or persons eager to learn more can visit the Bioplastics Council's website. —PlasticsToday Staff