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Healthy competition, with diverse product entries from around the world

Posted March 13, 2009 10:41 AM by kvalle

Entries are streaming into the International Plastics Design Competition from a wide range of end market industries, reminding us that plastics really do touch all aspects of our lives. Entrants hailing from Asia, Europe and the Americas have submitted products into categories including recreation and leisure, medical and scientific, packaging, transportation, agriculture, building and construction and retail/consumer products. Several entries have also come in from the exploding new market for plastics in single-use bio-processing, where plastics are being utilized in place of stainless steel bio-processing systems to achieve greater process flexibility and enhanced process economics in the manufacture of cell cultures for biotherapeutics.

Among the global companies represented in the design competition are Bemis Manufacturing and Minco Tool and Mold, Inc., both of whom have supported the competition since its early years as a domestic event geared toward the structural foam industry. It has been really exciting to see these companies joined by their peers from around the world engaged with plastics materials and processing technologies of all kinds and serving diverse end markets.

Stay tuned for more on the entries and competitors over the next few weeks as product submission continues through April 1st.

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03/14/2009 7:27 PM

I have a question about the less glamorous plastics: the so called Eco Film compostable bags, made entirely from certified compostable materials, according to box.

I was delighted when I saw these, what a convenience for kitchen waste. However, I have yet to see these bags turn into compost or anything like it. They apparently don't. I'm not impressed, and would like to know whether there's a truly compostable plastic or if I should just forget it..

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03/18/2009 1:02 PM

SPI doesn't make it a practice to recommend one product or brand over another. If a consumer believes a product does not meet the ASTM D6400 standard for compostable plastics or is making false advertising claims, SPI encourages them to contact the Federal Trade Commission http://www.ftc.gov/ to file a consumer complaint.

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