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Cup manufacturer opens new plant for plant-based plastic

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Novolex’s new line of cups are made from plant-based PLA compostable plastic.

Novolex has launched a new production line in Tennessee, USA to manufacture compostable cold beverage cups made from a plant-based plastic.

The clear cups are made using polylactic acid (PLA), a plastics polymer created from starch-based plants such as corn, sugarcane and wheat straw. The cups will be available from Novolex brand Eco-Products.

Adrianne Tipton, chief technology officer of Novolex said: “PLA looks, acts and performs like a traditional clear plastic, yet it is 100% compostable in commercial compost facilities. It is one more sustainable choice that we are proud to offer our customers.

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“At Novolex, we’re focused on a future where the packaging we make is recyclable or compostable.

The new manufacturing line, located at the Novolex manufacturing complex in Chattanooga, features state-of-the-art technology from major thermoforming and extrusion equipment suppliers.

PLA products are made from renewable resources like corn that can be grown again, plus they are third-party BPI-certified compostable, meaning that instead of going to a landfill, the products can be turned into fertile soil.

Eco-Products president Ian Jacobson said: “We’re creating cups made from plants that, after using, can be composted to help plants grow again. It’s part of our commitment to work with our customers to achieve their zero waste goal, a win for both our customers and the environment.”

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