[GRRN] Fwd: Re: Card-based products

From: Gary Liss (gary@garyliss.com)
Date: Wed Jul 05 2000 - 15:32:31 EDT

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    >From: DDarrelD@aol.com
    >Date: Wed, 5 Jul 2000 14:22:26 EDT
    >Subject: Re: Card-based products
    >
    >Gary,
    >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: brian@celerydesign.com (Brian Dougherty)
    >To: DDarrelD@aol.com
    >
    >Darrel,
    >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
    >308-946-3662
    >Fax 308-946-3666
    >
    >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
    >infrastructure.
    >
    >
    >Take care.
    >Brian
    >
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