Market expands for bioplastics made from algae, marine life forms

06/20/2010 | ICIS Chemical Business (U.K.)

Chemical makers are exploring the commercial viability and environmental soundness of sourcing marine life forms as feedstocks for manufacturing bioplastics. The plastic industry used oil as its solitary feedstock during the 20th century, but bio-based feedstocks, such as algae, are a more sustainable feedstock source for the industry, said Cereplast CEO Frederic Scheer. "We're starting to work out how to create a monomer from these materials. Once that's been done, we'll be able to polymerize it for lots of different applications," Scheer said.

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