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Green Dot To Sponsor “Zero Waste” Fashion Show at the Plastics Industry’s Most Important Trade Event

Green Dot To Sponsor “Zero Waste” Fashion Show at the Plastics Industry’s Most Important Trade Event
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 16, 2015 Company Sponsors Main Event at NPE2015: The International Plastics Showcase Green Dot, a bioscience social enterprise serving the plastics industry and style conscious consumers, is proud to sponsor the “Zero Waste Fashion Show” at this year’s NPE: The International Plastics Showcase on March 23, 2015.

The fashion show is a new addition to the NPE trade event, where over 60,000 of the industry’s top professionals meet to discuss the latest innovations and trends in plastics. The event is organized by SPI, the plastic industry trade association, and features a variety of activities including exhibitions from about 2,000 leading suppliers from all sectors of the plastics supply chain, including end-user markets and consumer brands. 
 
The largest plastic industry event opens with the “Zero Waste Fashion Show,” which showcases garments created out of recycled, reused, compostable, or repurposed plastics by students at the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD). Green Dot is the premier sponsor of this event. “The vision and creativity of these designers is inspiring,” said Green Dot CEO, Mark Remmert. “Their ingenuity exemplifies our belief that sustainability does not have to sacrifice quality or style and we’re thrilled to have our compostable synthetic leather featured in the show.” In addition to sponsoring the fashion show, Green Dot will also have an outfit created out of their synthetic leather material in the show. Attendees will also be able to visit Green Dot’s booth, Booth S19200, during the conference to view additional accessories, and talk to Green Dot representatives about what makes Green Dot bioplastics and biocomposites so durable and earth-friendly. Following the opening day fashion show, the garments will be on display throughout the remainder of NPE2015 in the Zero Waste Zone, a special sector of the exhibit floor devoted to the plastic industry’s mandate to reduce, reuse or recycle it’s materials. “We’re proud to sponsor the 2015 Zero Waste Fashion Show because we believe innovative design is the first step toward more sustainable products,” explained Remmert. “At Green Dot, we’re committed to helping designers and manufacturers create high quality products that allow consumers to contribute to a more sustainable world.” More than 60,000 plastics professionals from over 120 countries are expected to attend the triennial event, to be held March 23 – 27, 2015, in Orlando, Florida. To register for NPE2015, or for more information, visit www.NPE.org. About Green Dot Holdings LLC Green Dot is a bioscience social enterprise headquartered in Cottonwood Falls, Kansas.  The company serves the plastics industry and style conscious consumers with a full line of biobased and compostable materials sold under the Terratek® brand name.  Green Dot aspires to improve the environment in which we live by building a more sustainable world with renewable biobased resins and promoting their use through invention, creation and research.  Learn more at http://www.GreenDotPure.com. About NPE: The International Plastics Showcase The International Plastics Showcase is a triennial exposition owned and produced by SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association. NPE2015 is the largest plastics industry event in 2015, hosting over 60,000 industry professionals from 120 countries and bringing the plastics industry together like nowhere else. It offers multiple educational programs and a world-scale trade show with 2,000+ exhibitors and over one million square feet of space (93,000 square meters). The event takes place Monday through Friday, March 23 – 27, 2015, at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. Visit www.npe.org for more information.

Green Dot to Present Findings on Terratek® Flex Bioplastic as an Impact Modifier for Polylactic Acid at GPEC 2014

Green Dot to Present Findings on Terratek® Flex Bioplastic as an Impact Modifier for Polylactic Acid at GPEC 2014
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 12, 2014 Terratek® Flex, the market’s first compostable elastomeric bioplastic, can be used as an impact modifier for polylactic acid (PLA), increasing impact strength, elongation and flexibility without sacrificing compostability. Green Dot’s Product Development Manager, Mike Parker, will present his findings on the efficacy of Terratek® Flex as an impact modifier for PLA at the the Global Plastics Environmental Conference (GPEC) in Orlando, Florida on March 13, 2014. Mr. Parker analyzed the physical properties of PLA modified with Terratek® Flex over a range of loading ratios. He will discus how levels of Terratek® Flex can be customized to achieve desired cost and performance.

Terratek® Flex is the market’s first elastomeric bioplastic to be certified to meet U.S. (ASTM D6400) and E.U. (EN 13432) standards for compostability. The rubber-like material is strong, durable and pliable. It has been tested by NSF International laboratories to be free from phthalates, bisphenol A, lead and cadmium. When compounded with PLA, Terratek® Flex can enhance physical properties, increasing impact strength, elongation and flexibility without sacrificing compostability.
 
GPEC is presented by the Society of Plastics Engineers’ (SPE) Plastic Environmental Division (PED). The conference focuses on the unique blend of recycling, reclamation and bioplastics. About Green Dot Holdings LLC - Green Dot is a bioscience social enterprise headquartered in Cottonwood Falls, Kansas.  The company serves the plastics industry and style conscious consumers with a full line of biobased and compostable materials sold under the Terratek® brand name.  Green Dot aspires to improve the environment in which we live by building a more sustainable world with renewable biobased resins and promoting their use through invention, creation and research.  Learn more at http://www.GreenDotPure.com.

Green Dot Develops Compostable Synthetic Leather Made with its Terratek® Flex Bioplastic

Green Dot Develops Compostable Synthetic Leather Made with its Terratek® Flex Bioplastic
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 19, 2013 Green Dot has developed a high quality synthetic leather material made with Terratek® Flex, the market’s first compostable elastomeric bioplastic. The new material combines an exquisite soft touch and a lighter environmental footprint to make a more sustainable synthetic leather. Cottonwood Falls, Kansas: Green Dot, a bioscience social enterprise serving the plastics industry and style conscious consumers, has developed a compostable synthetic leather made with the company’s Terratek® Flex bioplastic. The new synthetic leather combines the look and feel of high quality leather with a lighter environmental footprint compared to traditional leather tanning or synthetic leather manufacturing. Green Dot’s new synthetic leather is made without the use of solvents or glues. It is free from phthalates, Bisphenol A and other toxins often found in the soft plastics used for synthetic leathers. Because it’s made with Green Dot’s compostable bioplastic, the material can be returned to nature if placed in a composting environment when its useful life is over.  Terratek® Flex GDH-B1 has been independently tested and verified to meet European (EN 13432) and U.S. (ASTM D6400) standards for compostability in an industrial composting facility and has been found to biodegrade in a home composting environment as well. Green Dot has completed initial trials with manufacturing partners in the United States. The new synthetic leather can be made in a wide range of colors, textures and thicknesses with a variety of naturally biodegradable backings. The starch-based bioplastic provides an exquisite soft touch and better breathability compared to other synthetic leathers. It is also ideal for printing and may be easily scented to provide further product differentiation. About Green Dot Holdings LLC - Green Dot is a bioscience social enterprise headquartered in Cottonwood Falls, Kansas.  The company serves the plastics industry and style conscious consumers with a full line of biobased and compostable materials sold under the Terratek® brand name.  Green Dot aspires to improve the environment in which we live by building a more sustainable world with renewable biobased resins and promoting their use through invention, creation and research.  Learn more at http://www.GreenDotPure.com.

Green Dot Introduces New Terratek® WC Wood-Plastic Composite Pellets Optimized for Injection Molding and Sheet Extrusion

Green Dot Introduces New Terratek® WC Wood-Plastic Composite Pellets Optimized for Injection Molding and Sheet Extrusion
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 20, 2013 Green Dot's Terratek® WC wood-plastic composites now come in a smaller pellet size ideal for injection molding and sheet extrusion. The innovation allows for the use of wood-plastic composites in a wider range of plastics applications from toys to furniture and architecture to housewares. Better pellets make better parts. Green Dot, a bioscience social enterprise serving plastics manufacturers and style conscious consumers, is introducing new Terratek® WC wood-plastic composite pellets, ideal for injection molding and sheet extrusion. The smaller more uniform pellet size is optimized to ensure superior processing compared to other wood-plastic composites, allowing designers and OEMs to create more sustainable high quality parts on existing equipment without extensive mold modifications. Terratek® WC wood-plastic composites combine fine wood particles with reclaimed, recycled or virgin plastic to create materials with the aesthetics of wood and the processability of plastic. Parts created with the wood-plastic composites have increased stiffness and strength compared to plastic alone. Molded parts have less shrinkage and warpage compared to traditional plastics. Terratek® WC wood-plastic composites can also reduce production costs with lower melt temperatures and shortened cycle times. Terratek® WC can contain up to 60% wood content. The wood particles are obtained from waste materials generated by lumber manufacturers and processed to produce a consistent reinforcing material. The use of these materials promotes the reclamation of wood waste that would otherwise be sent to landfills and ensures that no new trees are cut down to make the product. The wood-plastic composites can be produced from a variety of wood types, including maple, oak and pine. The mesh size of the wood particles may also be selected to achieve the desired look of the finished part. Green Dot's Terratek® WC wood-plastic composites open a wide array of product possibilities allowing designers and OEMs to create beautiful high quality parts with superior physical properties and a lower environmental footprint. About Green Dot Holdings LLC - Green Dot is a bioscience social enterprise headquartered in Cottonwood Falls, Kansas. The company serves the plastics industry and style conscious consumers with a full line of biobased and compostable plastics sold under the Terratek® brand name. Green Dot aspires to improve the environment in which we live by building a more sustainable world with renewable biobased resins and promoting their use through invention, creation and research.

As USDA Biopreferred Program Resumes Certifications, Green Dot Demonstrates Support of the Program with its Terratek SC Starch Composites

As USDA Biopreferred Program Resumes Certifications, Green Dot Demonstrates Support of the Program with its Terratek SC Starch Composites
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 31, 2013 Green Dot’s Terratek SC starch composites can replace up to 65% of the nonrenewable feedstocks for everyday plastics. Terratek SC starch composites have been certified as biobased as defined by the USDA’s Biopreferred Program. Products made with Terratek SC may qualify for preferential purchasing by Federal procurement programs. Green Dot, a bioscience social enterprise, manufacturing biobased and compostable plastics, offers USDA certified biobased starch composites. Terratek SC starch composites can reduce the amount of plastic by up to 65%. The biocomposites are free from genetically modified organisms (GMOs), and use nonfood grade wheat starch combined with recycled, reclaimed or virgin polypropylene to create a more sustainable high quality plastic that looks and performs like traditional petroleum-based plastics. Terratek SC starch composites can be used for a wide range of products made with plastic. Green Dot’s Terratek SC50 and SC65 products are certified as biobased materials under the USDA’s BioPreferred Program. Products made with these resins may also qualify under this program and be given preferential treatment in Federal government purchasing contracts. Terratek SC starch composites can be injection molded or extruded using standard processing machinery. These starch composites generally have lower processing temperatures and reduced cycle times. This translates to reduced energy use and improved process economics for manufacturers. Production of high quality parts, capable of withstanding temperatures beyond boiling is easily achieved with these materials. Terratek SC starch composites provide cost-effective solutions to meet the growing demand for eco-friendly biobased goods. Some grades may be used in applications requiring food contact, such as food serviceware and utensils. Because these biobased composites can be processed into a variety of shapes and sizes, they make it possible for numerous applications to realize the benefits of a biobased plastic without the limitations that many biopolymers have had in the past. Additional information about Green Dot’s full line of biobased and compostable plastics is available at www.GreenDotPure.com. About Green Dot Holdings LLC -  Green Dot Holdings LLC is a bioscience social enterprise headquartered in Cottonwood Falls, Kansas. The company serves the plastics industry and style conscious consumers with a full line of biobased and compostable materials sold under the Terratek® brand name. Green Dot aspires to improve the environment in which we live by building a more sustainable world with renewable biobased resins and promoting their use through invention, creation and research. Learn more at http://www.GreenDotPure.com

Green Dot Holdings LLC CEO, Mark Remmert, Joins Industry Thought Leaders to Discuss Holistic Sustainable Design at A Better World by Design Conference

Green Dot Holdings LLC CEO, Mark Remmert, Joins Industry Thought Leaders to Discuss Holistic Sustainable Design at A Better World by Design Conference
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 18, 2013 Green Dot CEO, Mark Remmert; Dan Rocconi, president and CEO of Bixby International; and Eric Chan, internationally recognized designer will form a panel to discuss sustainable product design from material selection to manufacturing at A Better World by Design 2013 Conference hosted by Rhode Island School of Design and Brown University on September 27-29, 2013 in Providence, Rhode Island. Cottonwood Falls, Kansas (PRWEB) September 18, 2013 -- Green Dot CEO, Mark Remmert, will participate on a panel discussion about sustainable design from product design to material selection and manufacturing. Mr. Remmert will address considerations for material selection of biobased and compostable bioplastics. Dan Rocconi of Bixby International, a global leader in custom thermoplastic sheet extrusion will discuss custom manufacturing processes. Eric Chan, internationally recognized designer, will join the panel to share his insight from the perspective of the designer. These industry thought leaders will stress sustainable design as a holistic process that incorporates creative design with innovative materials and manufacturing. “We’re proud to be returning as a sponsor of the sixth A Better World by Design Conference,” stated Mr. Remmert. “We know that truly sustainable design must incorporate a holistic approach that considers how a product is designed, what it is made from and how it is manufactured. We’re eager to introduce young designers to the possibilities offered by new innovative biobased and compostable materials.” A Better World by Design is an internationally acclaimed conference held annually on the campuses of Brown University and Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, Rhode Island. Organized by students of the Rhode Island School of Design and Brown University, this three day conference brings together speakers, panelists, and workshops that use design thinking to bring change in a variety of disciplines. The conference will take place the weekend of September 27-29th in Providence, Rhode Island. By collaborating with thought- leading students, academics and professionals, A Better World by Design continues to foster mutually enriching exchange and be a strong presence in the fields of sustainable and socially conscious design. About Green Dot: Green Dot Holdings LLC is a bioscience social enterprise headquartered in Cottonwood Falls, Kansas. The company serves the plastics industry and style conscious consumers with full line of biobased and compostable materials sold under the Terratek® brand name. Green Dot aspires to improve the environment in which we live by building a more sustainable world with renewable biobased resins and promoting their use through invention, creation and research.  

Green Dot Holdings LLC manufacturing high-performance bioplastic resin compounds for MCG BioComposites LLC

Green Dot Holdings LLC manufacturing high-performance bioplastic resin compounds for MCG BioComposites LLC
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 6, 2013 Green Dot Holdings LLC is manufacturing high-performance bioplastic resin compounds for MCG BioComposites LLC.  The bioplastic compounds combine corncob and reprocessed or recycled  polyethylene or polypropylene to create a strong durable material ideal for outdoor applications.

Cottonwood Falls, Kansas - Green Dot Holdings LLC (Green Dot), a full-service bioplastic company headquartered in Cottonwood Falls, Kansas, is manufacturing bioplastic resins made from a MCG BioComposites’ proprietary blend of corncob fiber and PCR (post-consumer recycled) or PIR (post-industrial recycled) plastic.  MCG BioComposites sells the material under the Duramaze™ brand.  It is available in several grades with up to 30% renewable material.
 
MCG’s Duramaze™ biocomposites lower the amount of non-renewable petroleum-based materials used to make plastic, allowing customers to make more sustainable products for a wide range of agricultural, lawn and garden and industrial applications.   Duramaze™ biocomposites also create additional markets for agricultural bioproducts and promote the reclamation and reuse of plastic materials.

MCG BioComposites introduced Duramaze™ by creating the BioMarker™ plant marker for a garden club in Des Moines, Iowa.  In 2012 the BioMarker™ received a Green Thumb Award in the new hard goods category from the Direct Gardening Association.  MCG recently announced the completion of a newly designed Biomarker™ that features a taller stem and a wider angled faceplate for ease of view.  

Green Dot produces the Duramaze™ corncob biocomposite material at its manufacturing facility in Onaga, Kansas.   The plant is uniquely equipped to combine biobased materials to create high quality resin pellets that can be easily processed by plastics manufacturers.  Green Dot also manufactures its own line of biobased and compostable bioplastic resin pellets at the Onaga plant.  The materials include starch biocomposites, wood-plastic composites and compostable elastomers sold under the Terratek® brand name.


About Green Dot: Green Dot Holdings LLC is a bioscience social enterprise headquartered in Cottonwood Falls, Kansas. The company serves the plastics industry and style conscious consumers with full line of biobased and compostable materials. Green Dot aspires to improve the environment in which we live by building a more sustainable world with renewable biobased resins and promoting their use through invention, creation and research. Learn more at http://www.GreenDotPure.com
About MCGBioComposites LLC:  MCG BioComposites, LLC, provides innovative biocomposite solutions for a wide range of agricultural, lawn and garden and industrial applications.  Its expertise in blending biomass and plastics for various molding applications results in quality formulations tailored to your specifications.  MCG BioComposites certifies the moisture level of bioresin compounds.  By incorporating these materials in your products, you conserve resources and promote sustainable operations while meeting government compliance and USDA certification requirements.
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