Bioscience company Metabolix and agricultural processor ADM are jointly producing Mirel Natural Plastics, a family of natural plastics that the companies say are biobased, sustainable and completely biodegradable, IndustryWeek reports. Metabolix is currently working with more than 40 prospective customers on more than 60 applications.
The companies say that Mirel can be used as an alternative to petroleum-based plastic in a wide variety of conversion processes, including injection molding, paper coating, cast film and sheet, blown film, and thermoforming.
Metabolix and ADM are commercializing Mirel through a joint venture called Telles, which is now building its first commercial scale plant. This plant is expected to start up in 2008 and will produce Mirel at an annual rate of 110 million pounds.