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August 2007

New grades of Mirel natural plastics produced by Metabolix

Metabolix Inc. announced that Telles™, its joint venture with Archer Daniels Midland, has introduced three new grades of Mirel resins. The grades are Mirel P1001 and P1002 for injection molding applications and Mirel P2001 for paper coating. Mirel is a family of biobased, sustainable and biodegradable, semi-crystalline natural plastics.

For injection molding, Mirel P1001 is specifically engineered to replace styrenics such as polystyrene and Mirel P1002 replaces polyolefins such as polypropylene.

Mirel P2001 was developed as an alternative to petroleum-based paper coatings to enable the production of fully biodegradable paper coated cups and food packaging.

Mirel is produced from renewable resources like corn sugar that provides an excellent alternative to traditional, oil-based plastics. For technical information, visit