News | October 29, 2008

Cereplast Announces Results Of Greenhouse Gases Study Of Biopropylene

HAWTHORNE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Cereplast, Inc. (OTCBB:CERP), manufacturer of proprietary bio-based, sustainable plastics, today announced that it has received confirmation of the low carbon footprint of its bioplastics-based Biopropylene® resin. In conjunction with Ramani Narayan University Distinguished Professor of Michigan State University, and after several months of research by an independent testing laboratory, it is demonstrated that the intrinsic carbon dioxide emissions reduction in using Biopropylene® in place off regular polypropylene is 42%.

The study found that approximately 1.82 kilograms of carbon dioxide are produced for each kilogram of Biopropylene® used, compared to 3.14 kilograms of carbon dioxide emitted for the same amount of polypropylene.

"By using Biopropylene® instead of polypropylene, converters generate 1.32 kilos less carbon dioxide for each kilo of product they manufacture," said Frederic Scheer, Cereplast's Chairman and CEO. "This is a very significant reduction in carbon dioxide emissions, especially when considering that worldwide market for polypropylene is about 45 billion kilograms, or approximately 100 billion pounds."

"This recent development offered by Cereplast is quite interesting. I see this family of resins providing an intrinsic reduced carbon footprint value," said Professor Narayan.

"Besides dramatically reducing carbon dioxide emissions during conversion, Biopropylene® also delivers the environmental advantage of replacing up to one-half of the petroleum content in traditional plastic with renewable, bio-based materials," continued Scheer. "Furthermore, Biopropylene® can be used in a variety of applications which so far were satisfied only with traditional polypropylene."

Biopropylene® is a patented compound manufactured by Cereplast using traditional polypropylene and up to 50% starch content, making it the first real "hybrid" bioplastic. Since its introduction at the end of 2007, Biopropylene® has been tested by more than 90 major corporations, with particular attention from companies in the automotive, consumer products and cosmetics industries. While the drivers vary by industry, significant interest in Biopropylene® has been motivated by some of the new properties that it offers, such as better printability, softer touch, and other attributes.

About Cereplast, Inc.
Cereplast, Inc. (OTCBB:CERP) designs and manufactures proprietary bio-based, sustainable plastics which are used as substitutes for petroleum-based plastics in all major converting processes – such as injection molding, thermoforming, blow molding and extrusions – at a pricing structure that is competitive with petroleum-based plastics. On the cutting-edge of bio-based 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 bio-based content and compostability are advantageous, especially in the food service industry. Cereplast Hybrid Resins® products combine the high bio-based 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

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