Cereplast offers algae plastics

As part of a plan to develop a new family of algae-based resins, Cereplast Inc. expects to offer the first grade of Cereplast Algae Plastics for commercial use by the end of the year, according to the company.

Cereplast is currently using renewable material such as starches from corn, tapioca, wheat and potatoes to produce biobased resins.

Cereplast is in contact with several companies that plan to use algae to minimize emissions from smokestacks. The company is also in discussions with chemical conversion companies that potentially could convert the algae biomass into viable monomers for further conversion into potential biopolymers.