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Paper Coating Sustainable Cups from Georgia-Pacific Article contributed by John Mulcahy Vice President – Category Georgia-Pacific Professional Food Services Solutions Atlanta, Georgia, USA In August, Georgia-Pacific Professional Food Services Solutions launched a complete line of Dixie beverage solutions, which are part of the company’s EcoSmart product line that demonstrates the company’s commitment to innovative products that support sustainability goals. The EcoSmart products includes two collections: A PLA-lined single wall paper hot cups made from at least 95 percent renewable resources; and the Insulair ® line of insulated cups, available in 12 and 25 percent post-consumer recycled fiber. The products are designed to allow operators to enhance their environmental stewardship position. These EcoSmart products can be processed successfully in commercial composting operations, where they exist. The PLA hot cup is 100 percent compostable because both the fiber portion and the coating are fully compostable. This coating is supplied by NatureWorks. The Insulair collection contains a fiber portion which is fully compostable in commercial facilities. While the Insulair coating is not inherently compostable, it will separate from the fibers and can be screened out at the end of the composting operation. “This is a tremendous step forward in the approach we take to responsible manufacturing,” notes John Mulcahy, vice president – category, Georgia-Pacific Professional Food Services Solutions. “The EcoSmart line represents some of the most groundbreaking products available to operators and is just one example of our dedication to providing sustainable solutions that create a positive impact on the world around us.” New from Georgia-Pacific Food Services Solutions, the PLA coated cup collection is printed with a green foliage stock design, Viridian, and available immediately in 8-, 10-, 12-, 16- and 20- ounce sizes. The Insulair insulated hot cup collection features 12 and 25 percent post-consumer recycled fiber options. Both feature triple-wall construction and an insulative middle layer that keeps beverages hot while staying cool to the touch. The corrugated middle layer is comprised of 99 percent post-consumer recycled fiber. Insulair is available in attractive stock designs, including Viridian, Aroma and Interlude, and in 8-, 12-, 16-, 20- and 24-ounce sizes. The cup also boasts custom graphic capabilities with sharp resolution and rich colors, which have won Bronze, Silver and Gold at the 2008 Flexography Awards international design competition. 20 bioplastics MAGAZINE [05/09] Vol. 4

Polylactic Acid Uhde Inventa-Fischer extended its portfolio to technology and production plants for PLA, based on its long-term experience with PA and PET. The feedstock for our PLA process is lactic acid which can be produced from local agricultural products containing starch or sugar. The application range is similar to that of polymers based on fossil resources. Physical properties of PLA can be tailored to meet the requirements of packaging, textile and other applications. Think. Invest. Earn. Uhde Inventa-Fischer GmbH Holzhauser Strasse 157–159 13509 Berlin Germany Tel. +49 30 43 567 5 Fax +49 30 43 567 699 Uhde Inventa-Fischer AG Reichenauerstrasse 7013 Domat/Ems Switzerland Tel. +41 81 632 63 11 Fax +41 81 632 74 03 Uhde Inventa-Fischer A company of ThyssenKrupp Technologies

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