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Cascades launches bio line


March 19, 2007
By Pulp & Paper Canada

Cascades has launched the first line of containers made from oxo-degradable polystyrene foam. The Bioxo containers …

Cascades has launched the first line of containers made from oxo-degradable polystyrene foam. The Bioxo containers were designed to degrade within three years, unlike traditional polystyrene containers, which typically require several hundred years to decompose. The new containers will also take up considerably less space in landfill sites.

We are extremely proud to introduce this major invention in response to wishes expressed so often by consumers and the agri-food industry, said Mario Plourde, president and COO of Cascades Specialty Products Group. Bioxo is the culmination of extensive research, a lengthy development process and exhaustive testing to confirm the products performance.

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Bioxo uses the addition of TDPA (Totally Degradable Plastic Additives), mixed with the base resin to give the foam special degradation properties. After use, when the product is discarded in a landfill site, it begins to undergo oxidative degradation much faster than traditional plastic products. Oxygen, together with heat, UV radiation or mechanical stress, transforms the polystyrene foam with its TDPA additive into a fine white powder, which bacteria and other micro-organisms can digest.


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