(Partially) Biodegradeable DVD Player by Sony

by Justin Thomas •

The Sony DVP-NS955 DVD player, recently released in the UK, has 50% vegetable-based plastic parts. The parts are made of a biopolymer called polylactic acid (PLA). The biopolymer was created by Cargill/Dow, and they have been criticized for using GMO (genetically modified) corn to create the biopolymer, because GMO crops could potentially have devastating effects on the earth’s biodiversity.

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100% Corn-Based Packaging Now In Use

by Justin Thomas •

Cargill Dow’s innovative line of 100% corn-based bioplastic “NatureWorks Packaging” is now being used by a number of food companies to package fresh produce and salads. Dow Chemicals, a partner in the Cargill Dow company, has a questionable environmental and ethical track record. However, the Natureworks product is making breakthroughs for bioplastic into the food packaging marketplace. Del Monte Fresh …

Biota Spring Water: Biodegradable Bottles

by Justin Thomas •

Biota is the first spring water to be packaged in a compostable bottle. The bottle is made of a corn-based bioplastic, which was exclusively created for Biota by Naturework PLA. The bioplastic is an alternative to PET which is the petroleum-based plastic commonly used to bottle beverages. PET takes about a thousand years to decompose. The bottle will break down …

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Stronger Bioplastic Developed: Kenaf + Polylactic Acid (PLA)

by Justin Thomas •

A stronger bioplastic has been created by NEC. It was achieved by reinforcing polylactic acid with kenaf fiber. Kenaf is an extremely fast growing plant which absorbs more CO2 than other other crop. The bioplastic would be beneficial to the ecosystem during its manufacture and when it is discarded and biodegrades. The superior stength and heat resistance of this bioplastic …