Bio-based sustainable plastics developer Cereplast, Inc. announced the launch of a breakthrough foamable resin to compete with StyrofoamÂ® and other foamable petroleum-based resins. Cereplast Compostable 5001Â® will complement and expand Cereplastâ€™s existing line of CompostablesÂ®. Cereplast Compostables 5001Â® is designed to meet the needs of all converters, manufactures and brand owners interested in substituting polystyrene foam with an environmentally sustainable plastic.
Cereplast Compostable 5001Â® is a compostable foam that uses Ingeoâ„¢ PLA and various biodegradable and compostable components, making the resin ideally suited for thermo-forming application. Plastics converters can use Cereplast Compostables 5001Â® on conventional extrusion equipment without process or screw changes and do not need new capital expenditure. Cereplast Compostables 5001Â® provides an innovative way for plastics manufactures to reduce their dependence on petroleum-based plastics.
Frederic Scheer, Chairman and CEO of Cereplast, stated, â€œCereplast Compostable 5001Â® is the result of a successful research and development project which demonstrates Cereplastâ€™s technical strengths and commitment to meet the growing demand for greater sustainability from the plastic industry. The Launch of Cereplast Compostables 5001Â® represents an outstanding opportunity for companies across the plastic supply chain, currently using petroleum-based foam plastic resins, to reduce the industryâ€™s reliance on oil and contribute to environmental sustainability.â€
Philippe Ravera, Cereplastâ€™s Senior Vice-President Sales and Marketing, added, â€œA significant breakthrough for Compostable 5001Â® is the fact we are able to reach a density of about 5 pounds per cubic foot on a traditional screw while keeping acceptable heat deflection, modulus and impact strength. Compostable 5001Â® is our first grade of bio-based foamable resins and we intend to introduce additional grades later this year.