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bioplastics
Dome lid cup from
sustainable plastic
collection and processes. Increasingly,
we are developing
and perfecting the technology
to make products that are
both home and industrially
compostable, but as with other
plastic waste management
approaches, there are impediments
- both economic and
regulatory that will slow our
progress. Overcoming these
impediments will require a collaborative
effort by every stakeholder
to make us a success.
Moving toward a
compostable future
For nearly two decades, an industry
has developed that is
focused on enabling compostability.
CJ Biomaterials has been
a part of that. We worked to develop
our polyhydroxyalkanoate
(PHA) biopolymers, while other
resin manufacturers were focused
on creating their own
competitive technologies. Today,
there are technological solutions
to making home and industrial
compostable products.
As our industry has grown,
collaboration has developed
amongst resin manufacturers
and together we have extended
the applicability and performance
of these technologies.
This collaboration was a big
step in our journey because,
for the first decade of our existence,
we were all startups that
were competing for funds and
attention and trying to demonstrate
how our technology was
better than others.
After the technology was escontinued
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ducers. It further focuses on
companies that sell single-use
packaging and food packaging
and foodservice ware - two
of our largest and most-difficult-to-manage
sources of plastics
pollution. It makes sense to
recycle materials that are easily
and readily recyclable. However,
when it comes to single-use,
disposable articles such as picnic
plates or sushi trays crafted
from hard-to-recycle resins
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or those that have come into
contact or are mixed with food
waste, rendering them unrecyclable,
composting is the perfect
option.
SB-54 starts with reduction
and recycling goals and ultimately
sets a goal that 100%
of single-use packaging sold in
the state be recycled or composted
by 2032 - and it puts
the onus of compliance on the
companies that sell these products
via its extended producer
January/February 2024
responsibility (EPR) program.
Including compostability in
this new law is an important
step. It recognizes the advantages
of this approach as a true
end-of-life solution and in driving
a circular economy.
Home compostability is particularly
attractive because
it provides an additional and
convenient option to the consumer
for returning these manufactured
materials to nature
without the use of industrial
tablished, we started to see collaboration
between resin manufacturers
and compounders
to expand uses and implementations
for plastic alternatives.
Then that collaboration further
extended to the converters that
were making the materials.
With these pieces in place,
the collaboration extended to
brand owners - the people who
imagine, design and market
consumer products. Brands
are incredibly eager to offer
their consumers sustainable,
responsible products. New
products with enhanced environmental
properties are making
their way to the market right
now via what we can call 'linear
collaboration,' with one step of

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