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Bioplastic, 3D-printed jar for skin balm

Anita’s Balm founder Anita Redd has engineered and is now manufacturing an intricately designed jar to hold 1 oz of her natural skin remedy, formulated for eczema. The jar is made in-house, using a 3D printer and is constructed of plant-based PLA resin.
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Coca-Cola further invests in biobased resin for PlantBottle

The Coca-Cola Company is making an additional investment in paraxylene company Virent to speed the full-scale commercialization of its 100% plant-based plastic packaging.
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Key trends driving bioplastics for packaging

Among the trends driving the market for bioplastic packaging materials, the competitive cost and availability of fossil fuels will have the largest impact and their commercial production and use.
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Corn: Boon or bane for bioplastics packaging?

Can bioplastics thrive on a diet of corn?
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Bilcare: Eco-friendly blister packaging

See it at Pharma EXPO, Booth #875! ECOmply blister film from Bilcare Research Inc. blends standard PVC film with a special additive that makes it biodegradable; the cost-effective film is also able to withstand the mechanical, thermal, and biological stress of pharmaceutical packaging production.
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European researchers work to develop biodegradable dairy packaging

Spanish nonprofit research organization works with companies from five European countries to pioneer a biodgradable material for dairy that stands up to thermal requirements.
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HLP Klearfold: Bio-PET plastic folding carton

Delivering the same appearance, quality, and performance as Klearfold PET cartons, HLP Klearfold’s PlantBox is a new plastic folding carton made from box-grade bio-PET (bio-based polyethylene terephthalate), up to 30% of which comes from plant-based sources.
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Smart Planet Technologies: Adhesive label with eco-friendly coating

Smart Planet Technologies' EarthLabel pressure-sensitive (self-adhesive) label uses EarthCoating, a mineralized coating alternative to a 100% polyethylene (PE) barrier coating, on its bottle label to provide high-quality moisture-barrier performance while reducing plastic content.
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Biobased resins demand to rise 19%/yr through 2017

Global demand for biobased and biodegradable plastics will rise 19% per year to 960,000 metric tons in 2017.
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Global demand for biobased resins to rise 19% per year through 2017

The most rapid gains in demand are expected for biobased commodity resins such as polyethylene and polypropylene, which are just beginning to enter the commercial market.

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