Despite the many advances made in the past few years by bioplastics, it will not surprise plastics processors that paper remains a powerful competitor in many applications in which biodegradability is advantageous. A recent example of this stems from Hartsville, SC where packaging processor Sunoco is promoting its ReadyGrow paper plant pots as a sustainable alternative to plastic plant pots. However, the paper pots' durability is derived in large part from their oxo-biodegradable plastic lining.
Sonoco is a multi-billion dollar/year packaging processor of consumer and industrial, heavy in the paperboard industry but also with a globally active plastics packaging network. The processor announced last week that Metrolina Greenhouses has specified Sonoco's biodegradable ReadyGrow planters for Metrolina' spring herbs. The one-quart planters entered the market last month. The paper pots don't impact Sunoco's plastics operations, as it does not process these....