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World demand for bioplastics to exceed 1 million tons in 2015

Consumer preferences for sustainable materials, improved product performance, and price parity with petroleum-based plastics will be the key drivers of bioplastic’s growth.
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PLA yogurt cup project scrutinized from all angles

Attention to detail, as well as the new pack’s 48% reduction in global warming potential versus petroleum-based packages, netted Stonyfield an Environmental Impact award in the FDA-Regulated category of this year’s competition.
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Latest advances in PLA bio-resins for thermoformed packaging

Technology brief from Plastic Ingenuity explains the latest advances in using PLA bioplastics for most thermoformed food packaging applications. Covers advances in heat deflection, typical cost, capacity, clarity, and brittleness.
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Global biopolymers market expected to grow to 2.4 billion lb by 2016

Bioplastics market is predicted to grow at a five-year CAGR of 22%, despite current drawbacks of high prices and lack of composting infrastructure.
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Interpack insights

Some 166,000 visitors roamed the aisles of 19 exhibition halls at interpack last month. 
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P&G partners with cellulosic ethanol firm

Procter & Gamble and ZeaChem will research, develop and demonstrate, scale-up, and commercialize new ‘drop-in’ bio-based chemicals and other products.
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PepsiCo elaborates on new green PET bottle technology

Denise Lefebvre, director of Advanced Research – Beverage Packaging, for PepsiCo reveals additional details on the announcement of a 100% plant-based PET bottle expected to pilot in 2012.
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Danone first to switch to PLA for yogurt cup in Germany

Moving from polystyrene to PLA, Danone will improve the packaging carbon footprint for its Activia brand by 25% and will use 43% less fossil resources.
Stonyfield Farm makes studied switch to PLA for yogurt multipacks
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Stonyfield Farm makes studied switch to PLA for yogurt multipacks

In a first for dairy, Stonyfield uses PLA to produce f/f/s yogurt cups, resulting in 48% less GHGs than the HIPS packaging it replaces; offsets support non-GM0 corn production.

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