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Metabolix Signs Distribution and PHA Supply Agreements with Tianjin GreenBio Materials Co., Ltd.

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Metabolix, Inc. (NASDAQ: MBLX), an innovation-driven bioscience company focused on delivering sustainable solutions for plastics, chemicals and energy, today announced that it has entered into a distribution agreement with Tianjin GreenBio Materials Co., Ltd.


("GreenBio"), a biomaterials company based in Tianjin, China. Under the terms of the agreement, Metabolix will distribute GreenBio's SoGreen™ heat shrink film in Europe and will be the exclusive distributor in the Americas. In addition to a distribution relationship, Metabolix and GreenBio have also signed a supply agreement for PHA biopolymers. Under the arrangement, GreenBio will supply PHA resins to Metabolix, which will extend the range and availability of the Company's PHA products.


"Tianjin GreenBio has developed a heat shrink film based on PHA biopolymers. This product complements our product slate aimed at film and bag applications and we expect will be of interest to customers in the U.S. and Europe seeking biobased materials and biodegradable performance," said Bob Engle, vice president, business and commercial development, biopolymers, at Metabolix. "With products and technology that are complementary, the distribution and PHA supply agreements mark a first step toward potentially working with Tianjin to develop additional PHA biopolymer products."


Tianjin GreenBio offers two grades of heat shrink film that are used to bind together items for packaging, shipping, and storage. One SoGreen product is designed to replace non-compostable PVC film often used to package boxed goods, software and other non-edible products. The other is designed to replace softer polyethylene films, also not compostable and often used for wrapping multiple items, often bulky and irregular in shape, such as packs of bottled water. The SoGreen heat shrink film resins (2001 and 3001) are certified by DIN CERTCO to meet the EN 13432 standard for compostable plastics.


"We are excited to work with Metabolix to gain greater exposure for our products in the Americas and Europe," said Dr. Lu Weichuan, chairman and president of Tianjin GreenBio. "Metabolix has extensive experience in biopolymers, and we look forward to working together to build the market for PHA-based biopolymer products."


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Plantic to supply sustainable trays to Profish

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Plantic Technologies has announced a new commercial supply agreement with Dutch company Profish Food, a sourcing agent, processor and distributor of fresh fish.

The partnership will bring Plantic eco Plastic trays to the European retail fish pack market. Plantic says the ultrahigh barrier performance of its trays will keep products fresher and at peak quality for longer.


Managing Director of Profish Frank Schreur says the partnership enhances the company’s sustainable credentials. “For many years we have sourced and packed sustainable fish and now we are doubling up by using sustainable trays,” he said.


Profish is the first European fish company to adopt Plantic’s eco Plastic technology.

“Our life cycle assessment shows that over the course of 12 months, the impact of adopting Plantic eco Plastic trays begins to add up - each 100 MT of eco Plastic used in place of oil-based polymers will reduce carbon emissions equivalent to planting 42,100 trees or taking 130 cars off the road. It would also save enough electricity to power over 70 homes for a whole year,” said Brendan Morris, CEO of Plantic Technologies.



Myriant and Bayegan Group Partner to Commercialize Renewable Chemicals

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Myriant Corporation, and Bayegan Group, an international chemical production and trading company headquartered in Turkey, have announced a broad collaboration agreement to commercialize Myriant's bio-succinic acid in markets across the Middle East, Eastern Europe and Africa (Territory). The signed collaboration agreement was exchanged at the 2013 Annual Meeting of the American Fuel and Petrochemical Refiners (AFRA) in San Antonio, Texas.


Under the terms of the agreement, Bayegan has committed to annually purchase a pre-determined amount of Myriant's bio-succinic acid for supply to customers in the Territory. In addition, Myriant has granted exclusive distribution rights of bio-succinic acid to Bayegan in the Territory. The two companies have also agreed to negotiate a potential joint venture to build a bio-succinic acid plant in Turkey subject to certain commercial milestones being met.


"Increasingly, our customers are seeking high-performing, renewable chemicals, like bio-succinic acid, with the goal of producing sustainable products through eco-friendly processes. Through our partnership with Myriant, Bayegan can reliably deliver an innovative, in-demand product that adds significant value for our customers while potentially driving positive economic growth. We're delighted to be partnered with Myriant and we look forward to the growth we will experience together," said Ercument Bayegan, CEO and Chairman of Bayegan.


Globally, the annual worldwide market for succinic acid is estimated at approximately $7.5 billion in new and existing applications. Succinic acid, which is traditionally produced from petroleum, can be used in a wide variety of applications including polymers, urethanes, plasticizers and coatings. Myriant's high purity bio-succinic acid is made from renewable feedstocks and is chemically equivalent to petroleum-based succinic acid while providing a lower environmental footprint. Myriant's bio-succinic acid reduces harmful green house gas emissions by 94% compared to petroleum-derived succinic acid and by 96% compared to petroleum-derived adipic acid.


"Myriant has a vibrant and growing bio-succinic acid business and we are delighted to partner with Bayegan to extend our global reach and accelerate our ability to deliver renewable chemicals to customers across the globe," said Cenan Ozmeral, Chief Operating Officer for Myriant. "We're confident that teaming with Bayegan, a leading chemical company in the region, is an important, strategic step towards amplifying our global sales and marketing presence."


About Bayegan

Bayegan is one of the pioneers in petrochemicals' distribution and trading in Turkey, established in 1940, and eventually grown to a larger group of companies actively engaged in international distribution and trade. The Group's worldwide logistics network compromising 14 branch offices located in main industrial regions of Turkey and 24 international liaison offices helps maintain flawless import and export operations, thus ensuring the reputation of a reliable partner in the international markets.


About Myriant Corporation

Myriant utilizes its proprietary technology platform to develop innovative, performance-based, renewable chemicals utilizing low-cost sugars. In December 2010, Myriant broke ground on its flagship 30 million pound commercial bio-succinic acid facility in Lake Providence, Louisiana and anticipates beginning commercial production in early 2013. The company's D(-) lactic acid started production at commercial scale in June 2008 for use in polylactic acid. Myriant has agreements with ThyssenKrupp Uhde GmbH for engineering, Davy Process Technology for the integration of Myriant's bio-succinic acid process with the Davy butanediol process for the production of bio-based butanediol, and PTT Chemical for the commercialization of Myriant's technology in Southeast Asia. Myriant is headquartered in Quincy, Massachusetts. Details are available at

Cereplast Files Patent on Algae Bio-Content Polymers

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Cereplast, Inc.  today announced that the Company filed a patent application on March 15, 2013 with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) for algae bio-content polymers.


Cereplast's new patent filing falls in line with their overall intellectual property strategy and specifically protects its innovations on Algae related material. This patent application is the result of several years of formulation and process development by the Cereplast research and development team. The Company first introduced the concept of bioplastics made with algae in 2009, commercialized Biopropylene® 109D in late 2012 and incorporated a wholly owned subsidiary, Algaeplast™, Inc., in early 2013.


Algaeplast will take over the development and manufacture of algae-based bioplastics to transform a range of low-cost algae into high-value bioplastic resins and renewable biofuels. The patent application was filed by Cereplast, but the use of the patent will be assigned to Algaeplast.


Cereplast Chairman and CEO, Mr. Frederic Scheer, stated, "This patent is one of many steps on our journey of developing this new category of plastic. We see a significant future ahead for the estimated over $100 billion algae biofuels and bioplastics industry, and we are firmly committed to protecting the intellectual property of the Company as we further our work. Considering there is a lack of algae bioplastic patents today, we strongly believe that our experience and research and development capability has allowed us to foresee the future of renewable plastics and carry out this valuable technology. We also believe that our vision is starting to take shape with algae being on the verge of large commercial production for biofuels and bioplastic applications. Large companies in the airline industry and others are following the progress of numerous companies ready to commercially offer algae as a viable alternative to petroleum, both for fuel and chemicals. Algaeplast wants to be at the forefront of this new fuel and chemical revolution."

Custom Bioplastics (U.S.A) to market the new”Bio-buddy™ dog waste bag” using Cardia’s unique Biohybrid™ technology.

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Cardia Bioplastics Limited and USA-based Custom Bioplastics LLC today announced the launch by Custom Bioplastics of the new “Bio-buddy™ dog waste bag” developed using Cardia’s new and unique Biohybrid™ technology.

The new “Bio-buddy™ dog waste bag” is now being manufactured and marketed into the USA and online by Custom Bioplastics, an established USA manufacturer of blown and cast film plastic packaging located in the Pacific Northwest. The “Bio-buddy™ dog waste bag” is offered as a new lower carbon footprint alternative to conventional oil-based dog waste bags The number of dog waste bags used in the U.S.A runs into the hundreds of millions annually.


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Governments and pet owners are looking for a sustainable and renewable alternative to the
conventional dog waste bag that is now available with the “Bio-buddy™ dog waste bag”.

The new “Bio-buddy dog waste bags” has been developed using both Cardia unique
Biohybrid™technology that requires less oil hence has a lower carbon footprint. Custom Bioplastics also use recycled plastics in the manufacturing process.

Custom Bioplastics Managing Director, Mr Dick Mathes, said “their new Biohybrid™ Bio-buddy dog waste bag is made with a combination of recycled resin and Cardia’s Biohybrid™ technology.

Bio-buddy’s Biohybrid™ dog waste bags allow for plant starch to be combined with recycled resin. The plant starch lessens the total carbon footprint of the bag along with creating a bag that is soft and silky to the touch. This introduction is result of a desire of Custom Bioplastics to provide a dog waste bag that follows the newly issued FTC Green Guidelines and laws being enacted in California.

Mr Mathes emphasised: Custom Bioplastic strategy on responsible packaging. “We are excited to work with Cardia Bioplastics. Our packaging products made from their Biohybrid™ resins will form an integral part of our responsible plastic bag and film offering,” he said.Cardia’s Chairman Mr Pat Volpe said: “The product has been developed with Custom Bioplastics to meet the growing demands for a sustainable pet waste bag with a lower carbon footprint, driven by consumer, brand owners, government and municipals.”
“The Bio-buddy dog waste bag demonstrates the latest in sustainable technology and again
confirms the diverse application of Cardia’s Biohybrid™ proprietary technology. Cardia’s main advantage besides the soft touch is that we deliver a product with a lower carbon footprint using renewable and sustainable resources - in line with the recent growing global trend.”

“The “Bio-buddy dog waste bag” is a positive example of an application that now meets these
requirements and is a great achievement by both companies.” Mr Volpe also said.
For Custom Bioplastics, this is an endorsement of the company’s commitment to providing its customers with the option to purchase innovative plastic film products with lower carbon footprint.

The global shift towards green economies is gaining significant traction as individuals, companies and Governments are looking at ways to reduce their impact on the environment and looking at new technologies that can reduce their carbon footprint.

Cardia is well-placed to capitalise on this trend supported with a patented portfolio comprising a number of renewable resin technologies,

Cereplast, Inc. Joins Algae Biomass Organization

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Cereplast, Inc. (OTCQB:CERP) (the "Company"), a leading manufacturer of proprietary biobased, compostable and sustainable bioplastics, today announced that it has joined the Algae Biomass Organization (ABO).


The ABO is a non-profit organization that promotes the development of viable commercial markets for renewable and sustainable commodities derived from algae. Its primary goals include facilitating the commercialization and market development of microalgae biomass for the production of biofuels and greenhouse gas abatement.


Cereplast has been a pioneer in algae-based plastics, and recently incorporated a new wholly owned subsidiary, Algaeplast™, Inc. Algaeplast will develop and commercialize algae bioplastics, with an ultimate goal of developing new monomers and polymers made from algae within the next five years.


"Cereplast's algae bioplastics are a perfect example of the wide range of sustainable products that are being derived from algae," said Mary Rosenthal, Executive Director of the ABO. "We're thrilled they are joining ABO and supporting the ranks of innovative companies, research organizations and end-users working to make algae a source of valuable and sustainable commodities."


About the Algae Biomass Organization

The Algae Biomass Organization (ABO) is a 501 c(6) non-profit whose mission is to promote the development of viable commercial markets for renewable and sustainable commodities derived from algae. Its membership is comprised of people, companies and organizations across the value chain. More information about ABO, including its leadership, membership, costs, benefits and members and their affiliations, is available at the website:


About Cereplast, Inc.

Cereplast, Inc. (OTCQB:CERP) designs and manufactures proprietary biobased, sustainable bioplastics which are used as substitutes for traditional plastics in all major converting processes - such as injection molding, thermoforming, blow molding and extrusions - at a pricing structure that is competitive with traditional plastics. On the cutting-edge of biobased plastic material development, Cereplast now offers resins to meet a variety of customer demands. Cereplast Compostables® resins are ideally suited for single-use applications where high biobased content and compostability are advantageous, especially in the food service industry. Cereplast Sustainables® resins combine high biobased content with the durability and endurance of traditional plastic, making them ideal for applications in industries such as automotive, consumer electronics and packaging. Learn more at You may also visit the Cereplast social networking pages at, and

Patent for Biodegradable Nanopolymer Compositions

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Cereplast, Inc. has announced that the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has granted the Company patent protection for biodegradable nanopolymer compositions and biodegradable articles made thereof. USPTO-issued patent 8,389,614 is a significant patent for the company and for the field of biodegradable polymers, as it is the first of its kind. This patent expands Cereplast's growing intellectual property portfolio and protects the composition formulation invented by the Cereplast R&D team.

This patent describes biodegradable compositions including polylactic acid (PLA) and other components, and incorporates nanofillers that improve the physical and thermal properties of the material. Biodegradable materials are known for their thermal and physical limitations, and the newly-patented Cereplast composition improves such properties by introducing nanofillers that are known for improving polymer functions.

Mr. Frederic Scheer Chairman and CEO of Cereplast commented, "Protecting the intellectual property of the Company is a high priority and is an important part of our long-term growth strategy, as is creating new grades of bioplastic resin that expand the properties available to meet the ever-growing needs of the marketplace. This new patent is the first for biodegradable nanopolymer compositions and further establishes Cereplast's role as a leader in the bioplastics industry. Nanopolymers have brought innovation to the traditional plastics industry, and we are proud to have extended their reach to the bioplastics industry."

Breville goes green with Cardia compostable Juicer bags for its Juicer Products.

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Cardia is pleased to announce that Breville Group Limited, a global designer and manufacturer of small kitchen appliances will purchase and market Cardia’s compostable “juicer bags” as part of its Juicer accessory offering to consumers.

The agreement is expected to generate strong sales for Cardia and the launch follows on from Cardia’s ASX announcement made on the 21st of August 2012.

Breville is a leader in juicer sales and has launched the compostable “juicer bags” in packs of 30, for sale where you can buy Breville Juicers in the USA and can also be purchased online at




The photo shows the 100% compostable “the Clean & Green™” juicer bag developed by Cardia Bioplastics for the Breville Juicer Fountain® range. The juicer bag and retail packaging is jointly branded


Breville’s launch in the USA has implemented the 100% compostable “the Clean & Green™” juicer pulp bag, with its Juice Fountain® range of juice extractors to encourage environmentally-friendly waste disposal practices.

Breville’s USA Category Manager for Food Prep, Michelle Smith-Aiken said: “We recognized that consumers are always looking for even faster clean-up when they’re using ajuicer and that most were using their produce bags in their pulp bins to help with the clean up. We saw this as an unhealthy disposal of plastic and wanted to come up with a more environmentally responsible way. The Clean & Green™ juicer bags are the solution for a faster clean up while providing a fully compostable – biodegradable option to dispose of the pulp.

Cardia’s Chairman Mr Pat Volpe said: “Partnering with a global consumer products company such as Breville on this project and the successful launch by Breville to its customer base in the USA, is an endorsement and credit to Breville as they lead the way to
environmental friendly practices. It also demonstrates Cardia’s versatile Bioplastics technologies as Cardia wins the confidence of a world class designer and maker of kitchen

This is an important achievement for Cardia and adds another leading global brand to the
Company’s customer portfolio. This also confirms Cardia’s view of a global shift with
major brand owners and packaging companies wanting to transition from conventional oil
based plastic packaging products to bioplastics that have and environmental benefit and a
lower carbon foot print.

The global shift towards green economies is gaining significant traction as individuals, companies and Governments are looking at ways to reduce their impact on the environment
and looking at new technologies that can reduce their carbon footprint.

Cardia is well-placed to capitalise on this trend supported with a patented portfolio
comprising a number of renewable resin technologies.

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The Future of Sustainable Packaging to 2018

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Driven by consumer demand, material advances and legislation, sustainability is becoming one of the most important aspects of packaging. The Future of Sustainable Packaging provides in-depth analysis of the current and potential demand for sustainable packaging worldwide. This brand new report details market sizes, projections and five-year technology forecasts to 2018. Focusing on key drivers, trends and technologies shaping the industry, this is the definitive guide to the sustainable packaging landscape. Breaking down sales by type, end-use market and geographic region, the report provides comprehensive coverage of the market and supply chain.


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The Future of Sustainable Packaging is based on extensive primary and secondary research. Primary research included interviews with key members of the supply chain including leading technology providers, packaging suppliers and converters, brand owners and the large retailer end users. Secondary research included reviews of existing publications, conference presentations and internet sourced data.



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BioPlastics Company Renamed BioThane Coated Webbing

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BioPlastics is proud to formally announce to our customers and our partners an exciting development in our company. As part of the natural progression of our brand identity, we have officially changed our company name from BioPlastics Co. to BioThane Coated Webbing, a transition that went into full effect March 1, 2013.


The name change to BioThane Coated Webbing is part of our strategic rebranding effort to better align our corporate brand identity with our reputation as a leading manufacturer of coated webbing and assemblies.


For our customers around the globe, the BioThane name is synonymous with the quality, durability and reliability that they’ve come to expect from us over the years. Many of you have been using BioThane® coated webbing in your military, equine, sporting goods, juvenile, safety, medical and other applications since 1977.


The rebranding is a logical step in our company’s continued growth and success. Combined with our strong engineering and R&D focus, quality management and tireless product innovation, we feel the new brand name will allow us to strengthen our position as a market leader while driving our success in new markets where the BioThane name is already well known.


While our new brand identity will not impact the value of the products and services that you receive from our company, to maintain a consistent look across all of our internal and external communications, we are implementing the following changes in our brand materials:

  • The BioSafe® plus Ultra-Fresh®, the brand name for our line of medical patient restraints, has changed to BioThane® Patient Restraints.
  • Our website URL has changed from to The site has also been updated to reflect our new brand identify.
  • All company email addresses have changed to [name]