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SPI Bioplastics Council Announces Release of Two New Free Guides

February 7, 2012

Barry Eisenberg

“Understanding Biobased Carbon Content” and “Life Cycle Analysis Primer” Continue Council’s Commitment to Industry Education

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Bioplastics Council, a special interest group of SPI: the Plastics Industry Trade Association, announced the release of two new industry guides – “Understanding Biobased Carbon Content” and “Life Cycle Analysis Primer – What, Why and How.”  The Council has developed and issued these free guides as part of its commitment to bioplastics education and related subjects impacting the plastics industry.

The focus of the Life Cycle Analysis Primer is to provide the reader with a better understanding of Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) in general, including the various phases of an LCA with explanatory comments and practical advice for the LCA sponsor. The primer is not specific to bioplastics, and therefore may be useful to anyone considering an LCA. The focus of the Understanding Biobased Carbon Content guide is to provide the reader with information about biobased content, ASTM D6866, alternative approaches to reporting biobased carbon content and other key points.

“LCAs and the topic of ‘biobased carbon content’ are two areas where the Council is often asked to provide guidance.  As part of our mission to educate the plastics industry, government and stakeholders, we recognized the need for enhanced education about these important topics and are pleased to make both guides available free of charge,” said Melissa Hockstad, SPI’s vice president, science, technology and regulatory affairs.

Both publications may be downloaded here.

Launched in 2008, the Bioplastics Council was created to provide a forum for the full bioplastics value chain to promote the development and growth of the bioplastics industry. Currently, the members of the group are BASF Corporation, Cereplast Inc., DuPont, Ecospan, Jamplast, Metabolix, NatureWorks LLC, Nypro Inc., PolyOne Corporation, Teknor Apex, Telles and UL.

Learn more about the group at Membership and other inquiries should be addressed to SPI Vice President, Science, Technology and Regulatory Affairs, Melissa Hockstad at or 202-974-5258.


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