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Fantastic bioplastic
Fantastic bioplastic
In 2005, Cereplast CEO Frederic Scheer knew it was time for his bioplastics business to take the next step. Cereplast had already proven that its biodegradable starch-based plastic cups matched the quality and durability of ones made from petroleum. So Cereplast stopped shipping the finished products and began selling the building blocks: biodegradable resins derived from corn wheat, and tapioca starches that take about 180 days to dissolve in a compost pile. Now the Hawthorne, Calif.-based company is offering hybrid resins -- half petroleum, half starch -- for products like cell phones
and car interiors. -- Scott Cendrowski

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Last updated April 21 2008: 9:03 AM ET