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Re-inventing bioplastic candy-wrappers

by Green Plastics


Cereplast is a fantastic company that is at the forefront of bioplastic technology and development.  Their compostable resins are not only certified compostable, but made from bio-based material such as corn, wheat, tapioca and potato starches that primarily come from the Midwest (versus oil from the Middle East). The manufacturing process for Cereplast Compostables resins takes place at a lower heat than required with traditional plastics, further reducing the manufacturing costs for converters.  So in the three factors that make a plastic green — made from renewable resources, biodegradability, and environmentally-friendly processing — Cereplast resins are way out ahead of any material based on additives.

Cereplast has a gigantic and effective marketing department, as well, so they really don’t need another fan-letter.  If you follow the news about bioplastic, as we do, then you have also been inundated with press-releases about their multi-million dollar deal to work with a producer of plastic twist films to make “bio twist film”:

Cereplast (CERP) a leading manufacturer of compostable and sustainable plastics, has announced a multi million dollar partnership with Sezersan Ambalaj (Sezersan), a subsidiary of Asc Group in Turkey, to produce bio twist films made from Cereplast Compostables(R) resins which has form memory and is heat sealable. The patented product will serve as wrap packaging for a variety of food products distributed throughout Europe.

Keep in mind that the primary application of the bulk of “twist films” produced are, basically, candy wrappers.

This is a fantastic development that is leading us in the right direction.


But there is also a tiny bit of irony here, as well, that we at Green Plastics feel compelled to point out to you:

Candy wrappers–the main application of twist films–were among the very first things to be made from bioplastic… back in 1912!!!

In the early 1900’s, cellophane was introduced to the market. Although never marketed as such, it was a large step forward for green plastics, as this sheer, flexible plastic covering was made from cellulose culled from natural sources like cotton, hemp, and trees. Cellophane was originally created in 1900 by Jacques Brandenberger in Switzerland in an attempt to create a spill-proof tablecloth; but when the flexible plastic easily peeled back from the fabric, Brandenberger abandoned his original idea. Cellophane would go on to become a popular candy wrapper, thanks to its use as packaging for Whitman’s Sampler candy in 1912. It was quickly adopted as an industry standard.

So technology marches forward!  And with all due respect to Cereplast, I have to smile when I read that almost exactly 100 years later, Cereplast is re-inventing the bioplastic candy wrapper!

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