April 21, 2010
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The day before thousands gather in Washington, DC for a rally marking Earth Day, members of the SPI Bioplastics Council flew to the nation's capital this week to visit with lawmakers. Members called for increased bioplastics funding through grants and other programs such as the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s BioPreferred program.
Council members met with the offices of Senators Tom Harkin (D-IA), Sherrod Brofwn (D-OH), Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and Richard Lugar (R-IN).
“Bioplastics can offer significant growth to the U.S. economy and provide the country with a competitive advantage including the creation of tens of thousands of green jobs,” said Frederic Scheer, CEO of Cereplast, Inc. (El Segundo, Calif.). “While there appears to be significant backing from policymakers for biofuels, a proactive approach to grow the bioplastics industry is also needed. Bioplastics are a key component to realizing U.S. leadership in green technologies and policy makers and industry leaders, working together, can ensure that this groundbreaking industry meets its full potential.”
SPI’s Bioplastics Council was created in order to provide a forum for resin and additive suppliers, as well as processors and equipment suppliers, to promote the development of bioplastics. Currently, the eight members of the group are Arkema, BASF Corporation, Cereplast, Inc., DuPont, NatureWorks LLC, PolyOne, Teknor Apex and Telles (a Metabolix/ADM Joint Venture).
Learn more about the group at http://www.bioplasticscouncil.org. Membership and other inquiries should be addressed to SPI Vice President, Science, Technology and Regulatory Affairs, Melissa Hockstad at firstname.lastname@example.org or 202-974-5258.