[OKRA] Free Webcast about Biobased Plastics 10/5
rather late notice but just in case. dianaPrinting in haste makes more waste; keep it green and read on the screen
--- On Mon, 10/4/10, Diana Askins <tulsamra@...> wrote:
From: Diana Askins <tulsamra@...>
Subject: Fw: [OKRA] Free Webcast about Biobased Plastics 10/5
Date: Monday, October 4, 2010, 1:38 PM
Printing in haste makes more waste
Keep it green and read on the screen
“A New Life for Plastics: End-of-Life Solutions in the Age of Greener Materials” is a free Webcast offered by GreenBiz.com on Tuesday, October 5 from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Central Time.
To register visit www.greenbiz.com and click on the webcast title at the top of the screen or go to this URL directly:
Plastics in the waste stream have long been a concern, and companies have been finding new ways to address this challenge. After all, why must a polymer that has the potential to last thousands of years in the environment be used in single-use packaging applications? Many companies are now turning to biopolymers instead of traditional petrochemical-based plastics to address waste management challenges and create localized energy.
Biobased plastics can degrade in two ways: in oxygen-laden environments, and in environments that lack oxygen. Certain biopolymers have been shown to have characteristics that allow them to degrade in an industrial composting setting.
This free, one-hour webcast will shine a light on how global biotechnology and chemical firms are driving innovation to help find a solution to plastics in the waste stream. Join us as we explore recent trends in the plastics industry, including:
- Use and inclusion of biopolymers
- Innovative technologies linking plastics to energy generation
- End-of-life considerations from the design phase
- Standards development
You will learn:
- the benefits of using biopolymers over traditional plastics
- the differences among commonly-used biopolymers and their end-of-life solutions
- challenges faced by the plastic manufacturing, waste management and packaging industries
- how degradation of biopolymers can help reduce our dependence on fossil fuels
Join Joel Makower, Executive Editor of GreenBiz.com, in conversation with Robert Whitehouse, Director of Applications Development for Metabolix, Inc., a leading bioplastics company; Kelly Lehrmann, consultant with the German bioplastics firm FKuR; and William Hoffman, environmental scientist in green chemistry at UL Environment.
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