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Clear Lam to offer renewable biobased PET rollstock

Clear Lam Packaging, Inc. has signed an agreement with Toyota Tsusho Corp., a global supplier of Globio™ Bio-PET resin (biobased PET), to become the lead company in North America to launch the renewable bioplastic in its rollstock product line. Made partially from biobased monoethylene glycol (MEG) derived from sugarcane-based bioethanol, the Bio-PET is up to 30% plant-based. It's also as recyclable as petroleum-based PET.

Toyota Tsusho is a major supplier of Bio-PET resin suitable for use in the automotive, beverage, and apparel industries. The material can be used for sheet extrusion, thermoforming, blow molding, and injection molding.

The new Clear Lam Bio-PET rollstock will be available in December and will run on existing equipment, including f/f/s machinery used by food processors, as well as on traditional industrial thermoformers. Clear Lam will incorporate the plant-based Bio-PET in sheet extrusions that will be sold to consumer packaged goods companies and manufacturers of industrial goods.

Because of its performance characteristics, Bio-PET is well suited for packaging used for foods, electronics, and personal health care products. The material’s strength, heat resistance, durability, and formability make it a suitable replacement for styrene-based packaging, polyvinyl chloride, and traditional polyester packaging.

While 30% of the materials used to produce Bio-PET are plant-based, the remaining 70% are made from traditional terephthalic acid (PTA). Toyota Tsusho manufactures its Bio-PET in a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility.

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