WEB EXCLUSIVE: S.R. Promocionais Ltda in Brazil will produce Eko BIO compostable pens from a blend of polylactic acid (PLA) biopolymer and plant starch. About 93% of the pen’s weight will be injection molded of Compostable 1001 compound from Cereplast, Inc., El Segundo, Calif. Cereplast chairman and CEO Frederic Scheer says, “It is estimated that the 10 billion ink pens thrown away each year will take up to 400 years to break down in a landfill.” As we reported in June, Newell Rubbermaid Inc., Atlanta, had introduced Paper Mate Biodegradable pens and mechanical pencils made mostly of Mirel PHA bioplastic from Telles, Lowell, Mass.
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