April 2, 2009
by Canadian Packaging Staff
The pioneering bio-plastics manufacturer Cereplast, Inc. of Hawthorne, Ca., has notched another commercial breakthrough under its belt with a deal to supply leading dental-care products manufacturer DenTek Oral Care Inc. with bioplastic resin for its new Natural Floss Picks, said to be the first-ever biodegradable and compostable floss pick on the market.
Made from Cereplast’s proprietary Compostables renewable bio-based resins, the new Natural Floss Picks are promised to deliver the same-quality flossing performance as the company’s flagship DenTek floss, according to DenTek, while generating one-third less waste.
“We developed the Natural Floss Pick based on consumer, customer and employee feedback, as well as our continuing commitment to creating environmentally-friendly oral care products,” says Lex Shankle, vice-president of marketing at the Maryville, Tenn.-based DenTek, which also supplies a diverse range of specialized dental aids and remedies for braces care, teeth grinding, jaw pain, etc.
“We’re very pleased that DenTek selected our Compostables resin for its Natural Floss Picks,” adds Cereplast chief executive Frederic Scheer. “Each day, we are seeing more and more manufacturers developing and manufacturing environmentally safe and sustainable alternatives to petroleum-based plastic products.”
This trend has spurred rapid business growth for Cereplast over the last year—culminating in the company recently being chosen as recipient of the 2009 Environmental Award for Emerging Technology in Materials from the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE), awarded at last month’s Global Plastics Environmental Conference in Orlando, Fla.
This year’s SPE Environmental Award—bestowed on Cereplast for its development of the Hybrid range of resins with about 50-percent bio-content—marks the second time that Cereplast has won the society’s competition, having won the top award in 2007 for its work on the Compostables range of resins—developed for single-use applications in the foodservice, automotive, consumer electronics and other industries.