UMaine’s Sustainable Bioplastics Initiative, exploring use of potato starch to make polylactic acid plastics

By admin | Jul 20, 2011 | 0 Comments

UMAINE TODAY | FALL 2009 Research by the University of Maine’s Sustainable Bioplastics Initiative continues in collaboration with the Bangor, Maine-based Environmental Health Strategy Center/Tides Center, which recently received a $500,000 Maine Technology Institute Cluster Initiative Award. This is the third part of a project that started with a seed grant to research the feasibility…

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Bioplastics Cluster Looks to Maine Potatoes

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MAINE TECHNOLOGY INSTITUTE | MTI grants received: Cluster Enhancement Awards. In 2008 the MTI board of directors approved a Cluster Enhancement Award of $200,000, matched by $459,000, to support a sustainable bioplastics cluster project to make PLA, a biodegradable plastic from Maine potatoes. Over the next 18 months, the cluster members worked together to demonstrate the feasibility…

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