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September 2006


Coated paperboard cup first to display biodegradable label

Cereplast, Inc., MeadWestvaco Corporation, and Solo Cup Company announced that MeadWestvaco is completing development of a fully renewable and biodegradable extrusion-coated paperboard product made with Cereplast bio-resins that Solo can manufacture into cups.

Plastic coating for laminated paper and food service packaging has been produced from petroleum-based resins. The Cereplast coating, with a heat resistance of 220° (F), will be used to replace petroleum-based coatings in MeadWestvaco’s laminated paper products manufactured for Solo.

Solo will be able to produce cups and other paper goods made from renewable resources that are suitable for composting in an industrial facility. Initial targets include the growing number of cafeterias and foodservice operations that divert their organic wastes to composting facilities.

The Biodegradable Products Institute (BPI) has granted MeadWestvaco and Cereplast the first-ever use of its logo for coated paperboard (including corrugated cardboard) with thicknesses of 4.6 pt to 32 pt. Products bearing the logo biodegrade quickly, completely and safely without leaving any plastic residue.

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