Biodegradation, explained

Biodegradation is a natural process that breaks down everything from yard waste to crude oil. The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) defines it as, “A process by which microbial organisms transform or alter (through metabolic or enzymatic action) the structure of chemicals introduced into the environment.” The mechanism varies based on the environment, plastic […]

Leveraging biodegradable plastics to divert waste from landfills

Plastic is ubiquitous. It’s used in everything from your shampoo bottle to your golf shirt. Unfortunately, traditional petroleum-based plastics are notorious contributors to landfill waste. According to a 2017 study in Science Advances, of the 8.3 billion metric tons of virgin plastics produced since the 1950s, about 6.3 billion metric tons have been disposed of […]

Runner to Debut Compostable Shoe in NYC Marathon

NYC Marathon runner, Mark Semler, creates a compostable shoe to promote sustainable plastics while running to end the cycle of poverty for children orphaned by AIDS in Uganda. When Mark Semler was asked to run in the New York City Marathon to support the Nyaka School in Uganda, he searched for footwear that could withstand […]

A straightforward explanation of biodegradable vs. compostable vs. oxo-degradable plastics

As consumer demand for sustainable products grows, bioplastics —which can reduce our reliance on fossil fuels and decrease greenhouse emissions— will become more prevalent. Production of bioplastics is expected to grow by as much as 20% by 2022, and as it does, consumer understanding of bioplastics will need to grow with it. A major source […]

Green Dot’s Terratek® Flex as an Impact Modifier for PLA

Green Dot Bioplastics finds that Terratek® Flex provides a significant increase in impact strength and elongation without compromising the compostability of PLA Polylactic acid (PLA) is a renewable thermoplastic polyester derived from cornstarch, sugarcane or tapioca roots.  The global availability of feedstocks and the (relatively) cost competitive position to petroleum-based plastics has made PLA one […]

The utility of starch-based plastics

Starch-based plastics are a common material for injection molding or extrusion. The Green Dot Bioplastics team can work to customize a specialized material for various applications.

Injection molders who have made bioplastics work

Learn how the relationship between injection molders and bioplastics has changed.

What growth in bioplastics industry means for investors and the economy

The plastics industry is changing. Forecasts are predicting bioplastics will see tremendous growth over the next decade and now is an ideal moment for investors to start looking at bioplastics manufacturers. Over the past few years, large plastic companies have become interested in having a more sustainable option to offer companies and consumers, similar to […]

New eco-friendly toys up for environmental award

We collaborated with BeginAgain to create a new, nearly 100% bio-based line of toys licensed by John Deere. The John Deere EcoRigs were recently named to a shortlist for the Bio-based Product of the Year Award, to be presented at the Bio-Based Live conference in San Diego.

What to expect from our R&D capabilities

Our R&D capabilities enable us to custom formulate biocomposites specifically for your applications. The formulated biocomposite will not only meet performance requirements, but is scalable for any sized manufacturing processes.