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Made from 100% renewable resources, Cereplast resins use proprietary
and patented formulations for a large variety of applications. Since
Cereplast is starch-based, rather than petroleum-based, the cost is
not subject to fluctuation based on the price of fossil fuels. The
manufacturing process for Cereplast resins takes place at a lower heat
than that required for manufacturing with traditional plastics,
further bringing down manufacturing costs.
Cereplast resins can substitute for traditional resins and are
compatible with existing manufacturing processes and equipment. The
MSDS, Processing Guide and technical support are readily available for
How Cereplast Resins are Made
Resin manufacturing begins once the Cereplast production team selects
the right bio-polymer matrix made from renewable, cost-stable
resources. These biopolymers include polylactic acid (PLA) from
NatureWorks LLC, soy proteins, PHA, PHBs, or starch from corn, wheat
The selected bio-polymer is blended with other biodegradable
components to reinforce its molecular structure through a proprietary
process developed by Cereplast. The blend is then polymerized and
treated with nano-composites for surface optimization and further
reinforcement. The entire green composite process is high-speed and
low-cost. The final product is then packaged and shipped to
converters, which are able to process the resin using traditional
Cereplast manufactures ten grades of resins for various applications–
everything from thermoforming to injection molding, extrusion and
Imagine a plastic that is environmentally neutral; that doesn’t
require fossil fuels to produce and that returns to nature without a
trace. An economically competitive product that isn’t affected by the
climbing price of oil. This is Cereplast, the renewable plastic.
Plastics made from Cereplast resins are a cost-competitive alternative
to traditional fossil fuel-based plastics. Developed from plant
sources, Cereplast is sustainable and doesn’t require fossil fuels to
produce. These bio-based plastics return to nature without a trace.
Cereplast products are certified biodegradable by numerous independent
agencies. The products are fully compostable in commercial facilities
within 60-180 days, leaving no chemical residue. Cereplast products
can be discarded with food waste – no separation required.
How It’s Unmade
Products made from Cereplast will return to nature through
biodegradation within 60 to 180 days (depending on thickness). In a
landfill, products will biodegrade, but this process will take longer,
as landfills, unlike compost facilities, are designed to be moisture-
free. In incinerators, Cereplast products will burn without toxic
emissions, as the main ingredient is starch.
Cereplast resins meet BPI standards for compostability (ASTM), and
European Bioplastics standards (EN 13432)
Q: Does Cereplast stock trade publicly and on which market?
A: The common stock of Cereplast is listed and trades on the NASD Over
the Counter Bulletin Board market (the OTCBB). The symbol for
Cereplast stock is “CERP” or “CERP.OB”.
Q: Does Cereplast file reports with the Securities and Exchange
A: Yes, Cereplast files regular periodic, quarterly, and annual
reports with the SEC. Simply type in the name of the company.
Q: What is the legal status of the company and fiscal year end?
A: Cereplast, Inc. is a Nevada corporation incorporated on October,
2001. In April 2002, Cereplast, Inc. qualified to do business in the
state of California as Cereplast, Inc. The company’s fiscal year end
is December 31st.
Q: When and how are news releases issued by the company?
A: News is generally released by the company through various industry
news portals such as VNewsWire or Business Wire. It is our policy to
issue news releases when material events occur such as major
agreements, technology development milestones, changes or additions to
management, and quarterly filing releases. Read recent coverage here.
Q: How can I receive on-going information about Cereplast?
A: Please fill out our Contact Form and your requested information
will be provided to you in the appropriate format.
Cereplast has developed a breakthrough technology to produce
proprietary bio-based resins which are used as substitutes for
conventional, petroleum-based plastics in a variety of applications,
including injection molding, thermoforming, blow molding and
extrusions. Made from renewable resources such as corn and potato
starch, Cereplast’s uniquely formulated resins are certified
biodegradable and compostable by the Biodegradable Products Institute.
They have comparable or superior performance characteristics to
conventional plastics, and are competitive in price. Why use
conventional petro plastic when Cereplast is cheaper and made in the
Macro-economics and world politics converge to create inflection point
World leaders are finally beginning to acknowledge the need to protect
the environment, and one simple way to do this is to decrease our
reliance on petroleum-based products and increase our utilization of
renewable natural resources. The push to displace traditional petro-
based plastics in favor of new bio-based plastics is a long-term
trend, made possible by market conditions and advancements in
technology, such as Cereplast’s proprietary resins.
Change is evident and imminent. In 2005, the U.S. Department of
Agriculture established guidelines under which bio-based products will
be given preference in procurement programs under the federal
government. Wal-Mart, the nation’s largest retailer, recently
announced it will start replacing some of its conventional plastic
packaging with bio-plastic, biodegradable packaging.
Bio-plastics sector anticipating long-term, sustainable growth for the
Just as plastic has displaced steel and other metals over the past
decades, so too are bio-plastics displacing petroleum based plastics
in the marketplace. With the economic drivers and the political
instability in the world’s petroleum producing regions, bio-plastics
are an increasingly attractive and economical choice for many
industries. For example, a decade ago, 40% of an automobile was made
from plastic components; today that figure is more than 80%.
According to Business Insights, Food and Drink Packaging was estimated
to represent $71.9 billion in 2005 in the United States alone. Add to
that the market shift toward plastic packaging due to its convenience
and cost effectiveness. Even a small percentage of this market
represents a substantial opportunity for Cereplast.
* Cereplast is a worldwide leader in the sector
* The industry is poised for explosive growth
* Bio-plastics are at the early stage of long-term sustained
* Cereplast is able to support demand from consumers in an
economically profitable fashion
* Institutional investors are actively re-allocating portions of
their portfolios into the green / sustainable sector.
Cereplast corporate office and R&D facility is located at:
3421-3433 West El Segundo Boulevard
Hawthorne, CA 90250
Tel: (310) 676-5000
Fax: (310) 676-5003
General information: info [at] cereplast [dot] com
Converters information: converter.info [at] cereplast [dot] com
Distributor information: distributor.info [at] cereplast [dot] com
Investor information: investor [dot] relations [at] cereplast [dot] com
fscheer [at] cereplast [dot] com
sgarden [at] cereplast [dot] com
OVERVIEW: This company develops, manufactures and sells bio-based
resins which are used as substitutes for conventional, petroleum-based
plastics in a variety of applications.
PRIMARY STOCK EXCHANGE: OTC Bulletin Board
TICKER SYMBOL: CERP
AUDITORS: HJ Associates & Consultants, Salt Lake City, UT
TRANSFER AGENT: U.S. Stock Transfer Corp., Glendale, CA
New Biodegradable Plastics Could Be Tossed into the Sea
By Charles Q. Choi / 27 March 2007
CHICAGO–A biodegradable plastic that dissolves into nontoxic
components in seawater could make it environmentally safe to ditch
“disposable” forks, spoons, wraps and other such waste overboard from
ships to free up valuable space.
“There are many groups working on biodegradable plastics, but we’re
one of a few working on plastics that degrade in seawater,” said
researcher Robson Storey, a polymer scientist at University of
Southern Mississippi. “We’re moving toward making plastics more
sustainable, especially those that are used at sea.”
Cruise liners, naval warships and other vessels generate huge volumes
of plastic trash, such as stretch wrap for large cargo items, food
containers and eating utensils. This junk often remains onboard for
long spans of time until ships make port. Simply dumping such junk
overboard is hazardous because conventional plastics can take years to
break down and may result in toxic byproducts.
When exposed to seawater, the new plastics can dissolve in as few as
20 days. They are made of polyurethane modified to incorporate a
biodegradable compound known as PLGA, which is used in medical
By varying the chemical makeup of the plastic, the scientists have
developed materials that range from soft and rubbery to hard and
rigid, making them potentially useful for a variety of applications.
After they dissolve, “our goal is for them to break down into carbon
dioxide and water,” Storey told LiveScience. Other natural organic
chemical byproducts, such as lactic acid, which is found in milk, also
might be generated.
The new plastics are denser than saltwater, making them inclined to
sink rather than float. This could help prevent them from washing up
on shores and polluting coastlines, Storey said.
The plastic is undergoing degradation testing at military and
university labs, and initial results are promising, Storey said. It
has not been tested in freshwater yet.
Future research also has to optimize the plastics for changes in
temperature, humidity, seawater composition and other environmental
conditions. The future manufacturers of these plastics also would have
to overcome legal hurdles, as international maritime law currently
forbids disposal of plastics at sea.
The team presented their findings Tuesday at the American Chemical
Society annual meeting.
Professor of Polymer Science and Engineering
School of Polymers and High Performance Materials
Polymer Science Building,Room 305
118 College Drive #10076
Email: Robson [dot] Storey [at] usm [dot] edu
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U. S. National Biobased Products and Bioenergy Initiative
The Bioplastics Web Site
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BPI: The International Biodegradable Products Institute
BPS: Japanese Biodegradable Plastics Society
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Willow Ridge Plastics, Inc.
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