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Cereplast resins are bio-based. The result is a truly sustainable solution: environmentally sound, economically viable and socially acceptable. made from renewable resources Cereplast is proud to announce the grand opening of CEREPLAST EUROPE securing a stable cost 41/41 bis avenue de l’Europe BP 264 78147 VELIZY CEDEX France Telephone : +33 (0)1 34 63 06 66 Fax : +33 (0)1 34 63 06 99 www.cereplast.com Cereplast Hybrid Resins Cereplast Hybrid Resins products are bio-based, replacing 50% or more of the petroleum content in traditional plastic products with materials from renewable sources. Cereplast Hybrid Resins products are cost-competitive with traditional petroleum-based plastic resin. With significantly more of the resin content derived from starches, the pricing of Cereplast Hybrid Resins products is not as influenced by the volatile price of oil. moving towards a sustainable future Cereplast Compostables Cereplast Compostables resins are renewable, ecologically sound substitutes for petroleum-based plastic products, replacing nearly 100% of the petroleum-based additives used in traditional plastics with renewable resources. All Cereplast Compostables resins are certified as biodegradable and compostable in the United States and Europe, meeting BPI (Biodegradable Products Institute) standards for compostability (ASTM 6400 D99 and ASTM 6868), and European Bioplastics standards (EN 13432).

Politics Change the World with Love, The business model of Earth Buddy Inc. Compostable trays made from the residues of sugarcane, the so called bagasse (see bM 03/2007) are not exactly bioplastics applications. However, these sugarcane trays are often used in combination with bioplastics products. And the business model of Earth Buddy Ltd. from Hong Kong, a company offering these products, really shows an interesting holistic approach, so that we’d like to introduce this company here. bioplastics MAGAZINE spoke to Albert Oung, Founder and CEO of Earth Buddy. bM: Mr. Oung, what is the background of Earth Buddy? Albert Oung: Earth Buddy is owned by a group of international environmentalists and green entrepreneurs based in Hong Kong. It was seeded in 1992 under the business name of ‘Roots’ with its name changed into ‘Earth Buddy’ after reengineering the group in 2007 for its distinctive business model aiming to work out our new initiatives towards Community Empowerment Program and Earth Buddy Foundation. In fact, Earth Buddy has a long tradition in the ‘green’ business with expertise in the use of agricultural wastes and crop residues in developing biodegradable products replacing non-degradable products made from plastic such as Styrofoam and paper which is made of trees. We are an eco-solution provider, developer, manufacturer and marketer in the global market for biodegradable products. bM : People are very concerned with the quality, food safety and hygiene standards. How do you address these issues ? Albert Oung: In the past years, we have taken up a leading position to set up new industry standard. We implement green manufacturing practices and the highest food safety and hygiene programs in our factory. We have attained and exceeded recognition by the accredited agents on programs such as Cradle to Cradle, BRC/IOP, ISO9001, ISO14001, HACCP, GMP, EN13432, ASTM D6400, Ok Home Compost, FDA and etc. bM: What else are you doing, in addition to the production of sugarcane trays in terms of the mentioned holistic approach? Albert Oung: Earth Buddy is not only a green sustainable enterprise but also an open and friendly platform for change. We introduce the ‘Community Empowerment Program (CEP)’ for poverty uplifting and community development, and a market driven ‘Carbon Credit Trading (CCT)’ scheme as an open platform to facilitate individuals, groups, businesses and organizations worldwide, through global alliances and partnerships, to participate in the 38 bioplastics MAGAZINE [03/08] Vol. 3

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