Compostable Plastics 101: Overview & Issues

This presentation covers the basics of compostable plastics:  what they are (and are not), where they are being successfully used, key challenges such as identification and labeling, and certification and standards. Presentation at the 2nd Annual Composting Plastics Symposium US Composting Council Conference & Trade Show January 21, 2012 Austin, Texas

Overview

Date: 20 Jan 2012 | posted in: biomaterials, Waste to Wealth | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

One hundred years ago, most of our society’s fuels, construction materials, textiles, inks, and paints were derived from plant matter. By the 1980s, petroleum had flooded the market, and today over 95 percent of our industrial products and fuels are petroleum-based. Petroleum-based products come from non-renewable resources that require highly polluting extraction processes. These products can … Read More

Compostable Biobased Food Service Ware

Date: 12 May 2011 | posted in: biomaterials, Composting, waste - composting, Waste to Wealth | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

This presentation on Compostable Biobased Food Service Ware was part of the Responsible Purchasing Network’s webinar, May 12, 2011. The webinar was geared to experienced “green” purchasers and those just getting started and covered important aspects of a successful food service ware program from an environmental purchasing perspective, and explained how to conduct product performance testing.  … Read More

BioSpecs for Food Service Ware

The Bio Specs for Food Service Ware outline sustainability criteria and recognition levels for food service ware made from compostable biobased materials. They provide a framework that enables buyers to assessthe sustainability of these products during three stages of their life cycle: (1) biomass production, (2manufacturing, and (3) end of product life. “Sustainability” encompasses issues of environmental … Read More

New SustainablePlastics.org web page launched

Date: 1 Jan 2010 | posted in: biomaterials, plastics, Waste to Wealth | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

The impact of 50 years of unbridled plastics production, use, and disposal is now becoming well known and documented. Plastics made from non-renewable petroleum and natural gas resources threaten the environment, human health, species maintenance, and the very life of the ocean. The web site discusses the problems with fossil-fuel based plastics and the opportunities and … Read More

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