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Meredian's PHA Ready for Commercial Scale Production After Piloting with Tate & Lyle

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Meredian, Inc. and Tate & Lyle have confirmed successful pilot production of Meredian’s PHA formulation process. The patented Meredian process is FDA approved for food contact. This pilot scale confirmation opens the door for mass production of completely biodegradable plastics on a commercial scale.

The joint development utilizing Meredian’s PHA process and Tate & Lyle’s fermentation experience achieved production rates and titers that more than meet the metrics needed for commercial production.

“Meredian, Inc. is thrilled to confirm that our patented PHA process has hit another milestone in our effort to make biodegradable, food contact approved plastics on a commercial scale,” said Paul Pereira, Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors. “This confirmation positions Meredian to have an unparalleled positive impact on the sustainability of plastics and to further expand our efforts.”

“Tate & Lyle is excited to have combined our fermentation expertise and scale-up capabilities with the Meredian process to achieve these outstanding results. Successes like this demonstrate that sustainability can and does benefit both the environment and the economy,” said Greg Wenndt, Vice President, Business Development.

Source: Meredian

Tetra Pak® uses bio-based plastic for carton packaging in Brazil as an industry first

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tetrapack logo In an industry first, Tetra Pak®, the world leader in food processing and packaging solutions, today announces that all of the packages it produces in Brazil are now using bio-based low-density polyethylene (LDPE). ​​

Combined with paperboard, the use of bio-based LDPE made from sugar cane increases the content of materials from renewable sources to as much as 82% in a Tetra Brik® Aseptic​ 1000ml Base package.​​

In February Coca-Cola Brazil became the first company to use the new packages for its Del Valle juice beverages, previously sold in regular cartons. Following that success, the pilot is now being extended to include all 150 customers that source from Tetra Pak Brazil -- a total of more than 13 billion packs every year.​​

“We are particularly proud to be the first in the industry to use bio-based LDPE in carton packages”, said Charles Brand, Vice President Marketing & Product Management at Tetra Pak. “We believe that the best way to protect the sustainable future of the packaging industry and meet the global challenge of a growing scarcity of fossil-fuel based raw materials is to further increase the use of renewable resources. We have set an ambition to develop a 100% renewable package, building from an average of 70% today. This launch is an important step in that direction.” ​​

Produced by Braskem, one of the world’s leading biopolymers producers, bio-based LDPE used in Tetra Pak cartons has the same physical and chemical properties as the traditional fossil-fuel derived polyethylene. No modification of the machine is needed for customers to switch to the new packaging materials. Tetra Pak has initially prioritised the Brazilian market but intends to expand the offer to more markets in future.​​


UK’s LifeCycle Products selects Cardia Bioplastics as partner to develop its proprietary bag and waste management products for the UK market

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UK’s LifeCycle Products designs, markets and distributes its proprietary bag and waste management products made by Cardia Bioplastics using Cardia Compostable and Biohybrid™ resin technology.
LifeCycle Products and Cardia Bioplastics execute supply contract. Initial compostable product order of $65,000 placed for mid-2014 market launch.
Cardia Bioplastics doubles film and bag making capacity to meet increased demand for its finished products business

Cardia Bioplastics Limited (ASX: CNN) is pleased to announce that it partnered with LifeCycle Products to increase sales of compostable and Biohybrid™ bag and waste management products in the UK market.

LifeCycle Products is a UK designer, marketer and distributor of proprietary compostable and lower carbon foot print bag and waste management products. LifeCycle Products and Cardia Bioplastics executed their strategic supply contract. Initial orders of $65,000 for Cardia Compostable products have been placed by LifeCycle Products for its mid-year launch.


LifeCycle Products Greedebag made from Cardia Compostable resin technology

The UK market presents an excellent opportunity for both Cardia Compostable and Biohybrid™ bag and waste management products. Some 8.1 billion thin-gauge (single-use) plastic bags were used by UK supermarket customers in 2012, an increase of 1.3% from 2011, according to the latest data from the Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP).

LifeCycle Products Managing Director, Mark Sommers said, “LifeCycle Products is committed to increasing use of compostable bags and waste management products within the UK market. Use of Bioplastics products throughout the UK by retailers, consumers and as waste management products has great capacity for growth.” Mark continues, “The technical performance and environmental integrity of our products is paramount and at the core of our business – Cardia Bioplastics technology exceeds the high standards we’ve set.  We are therefore delighted to have secured a strategic supply agreement with Cardia for our UK markets. We look forward to a long-term relationship with Cardia.”

LifeCycle Products, Products Director Richard James said, “We are designing, developing and manufacturing high quality, functional products. Cardia Compostable was the perfect choice for superior quality materials to ensure performance and compostability in our products.” He went on to say that “We are now seeing a real shift in quality expectations for certified compostable products in the UK market, particularly in the bags & bin liner sector for food waste. Poor quality products have had their day and demand for quality, fit for purpose products is increasing, with Cardia Compostable, we believe that LifeCycle Products’ bags and liners are poised to lead the market in the UK.”

LifeCycle Products is also the first in the UK to offer a solution for those customers needing to begin the step change towards bio-based materials. The Company is now introducing products based on Cardia Biohybrid™ technology as an alternative to conventional 100% petro based materials. This is gaining significant interest in the Municipal and Trade Waste sacks market. LifeCycle Products first Biohybrid™ offering will be GreeneBag Biohybrid™ sacks that are a quality sustainable replacement of conventional Polyethylene types that are 100% recyclable, offer a lower carbon footprint, are made with renewable resources, contain no heavy metals and are competitively priced.

Dr Frank Glatz, Cardia Bioplastics Managing Director said, “The UK market presents an excellent growth opportunity for Cardia Bioplastics and we are very excited about developing a new distribution channel through our relationship with an innovative company such as LifeCycle Products. Both our fully certified Cardia Compostable bags and waste management products as well as our proprietary Biohybrid™ technology is ideal for the UK market and we look forward to working with LifeCycle Products to capture market share. We are continuing to see increased demand globally for our resins, films and finished products.”

Cardia Bioplastics wins contract to supply Cardia Compostable resin to USA’s EcNow Tech for disposable compostable cutlery application

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  • Cardia Bioplastics wins contract to supply Cardia Compostable resin to EcNow Tech in USA.
  • Initial orders delivered with annual supply projections of $400,000. EcNow Tech to use Cardia Compostable resin to manufacture disposable compostable cutlery and ice cream sticks.
  • Cardia Compostable BM resin validated as a quality food service product offering.

Cardia Bioplastics Limited is pleased to announce that USA’s EcNow Tech has placed initial orders of Cardia Compostable resin for the manufacture of disposable compostable cutlery.

EcNow Tech is a developer of innovative products based on plant based, recycled and non-toxic materials. Specialising in designing, developing and manufacturing compostable, plant based food service items, EcNow Tech provides food service products to restaurants, events and businesses, ensuring that as many products as possible are collected for composting. EcNow Tech is also the manufacturer of So Delicious® Dairy Free innovative compostable ice cream sticks, which are made from Cardia Compostable resin.


Cardia Bioplastics and EcNow Tech established a strong relationship in the development, testing and validation of So Delicious® Dairy Free’s new compostable ice cream sticks. Throughout the validation process, EcNow Tech recognised Cardia’s high quality compostable resin, which EcNow Tech will use to manufacture disposable compostable cutlery for the food services industry.

Chris Vitello, EcNow Tech President said, “With our focus on designing, developing and manufacturing cutting edge compostable food service quality products, we require resins that deliver. Cardia Compostable resin has proven to deliver superior quality, in both the manufacturing process, product performance and compostability, making it a perfect choice for our disposable compostable cutlery range.”

James Beck, Cardia Bioplastics North America Managing Director stated, “Through the development of the So Delcious® Dairy Free compostable ice cream sticks we have developed a strong relationship with EcNow Tech and we look forward to cementing this further.” James continues, “We have seen real traction for certified compostable products in the US Market, particularly on the West Coast where consumer demand is driving momentum.”

Cardia Bioplastics Global Managing Director, Dr Frank Glatz adds, “This really is a year of major change. We are experiencing a global shift in demand for our bioplastics, certified compostable and Biohybrid™, with orders flowing in from Asia, North America, South America and Australasia.”

About EcNow Tech

EcNow Tech is a developer of innovative products based on plant based, recycled and non-toxic materials. Parent company of the Earth Smart Store, home for green building, home and compostable food service products, EcNow Tech provides compostable (plant based) food service products to restaurants, events and businesses and ensures as many products as possible are collected for composting. In 2010, EcNow Tech facilitated the composting of over 30 tons of waste which would have landed in land fill. EcNow Tech specialises in the design, development and manufacturing of innovative packaging solutions for customers, high volume manufacturing, materials development and selection, composting technology and development. For further information please visit

About Cardia Bioplastics

Cardia Bioplastics Limited (ASX: CNN) is an Australian developer and manufacturer of sustainable resins, films, bags and custom finished products derived from renewable resources for the global packaging and plastic products industries. Cardia holds a strong patent portfolio of sustainable resin technologies. Established in 2002 with its main headquarters in Melbourne, Australia, Cardia also has offices in USA, Brazil, Malaysia and China. Cardia’s Product Development Centre and manufacturing plant is in Nanjing, China. For further information please visit