>Date: Wed, 5 Jul 2000 14:22:26 EDT
>Subject: Re: Card-based products
>Here is a material we were playing with, seems to apply here.
>-- Darrel DeBoer
>Date: 1/26/99 8:01:32 PM Pacific Standard Time
>From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Brian Dougherty)
>The product you have is Mazin. It is a PLA (polylactic acid) biopolymer
>derived from corn resins and other biodegradable additives and naturally
>occuring minerals. It is manufactured by:
>Corn Card International
>819 E 16th St.
>Central City, NE 68826
>This product is not currently being marketed for use in architectural or
>interiors applications. Their main market is for printed credit cards and
>phone cards. I believe it is currently on the market in Europe. It is more
>expensive than conventional plastics. This particular material has a
>relatively low melting point. Other biopolymers are more heat-resistant.
>WHAT ARE BIOPOLYMERS?
>Biopolymers are a family of plastics made from renewable sources such as
>corn and sugar beets. Like paper or cellulose, biopolymers are stable in
>the atmosphere but fully biodegradable in compost conditions (where
>microorganisms are present). Biopolymers can be molded and extruded with
>the same techniques used for conventional plastics. Some current markets
>for biopolymers are: compostable garbage bags, food packaging, eating
>utencils, mulch film, fishing nets and shampoo bottles. Future uses may
>include housings for electronic products, shoe soles, lighting fixtures,
>automotive parts, and fabrics.
>* Biopolymers are recyclable given enough supply and demand.
>* Contrary to what some have argued, biopolymers shouldn't pose a major
>threat to existing plastic recycling efforts. Already, the many varieties
>of plastics must be sorted before recycling. Also, many cities are
>establishing municipal composting programs. With proper labeling,
>biopolymers should easily fit within the existing collection and sorting
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