Cerealus Announces Patent Approval for Lightweight Sustainable Biodegradable Agriculture Film

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Maine based Company offers paper based ultra light agriculture film, which can be mulched back into field at end of growing season.

No other competitive agriculture film offers mulching as a sustainable benefit

Cerealus today announced that the US Patent Office has granted Patent No. 8,383,247 directed toward a “lightweight composite article with controlled degradation”. The resulting patent will include claims relating to lightweight agriculture film, which is biodegradable within a range of 30 to 150 days. In some embodiments, additives include one or more water repellent, antimicrobial agent, and biodegradable binder.

Agriculture film is used by farmers, globally. This is a standard practice to control weeds, conserve moisture, and shorten time to harvest. Current practice requires polyurethane films or plastic films, which are not environmentally sustainable. The patented, paper-based alternative developed by Cerealus and the University of Maine contributes the same benefits in addition to reducing non-recyclable waste. At the end of the growing season, the newly patented agriculture film can be mulched back into the field. It is believed that no other competitive product can offer this sustainable benefit.

According to Tony Jabar, CEO of Cerealus, “The patent approval for AgFilm continues to position Cerealus as a leading innovator for the pulp and paper industry.” The Cerealus portfolio of novel solutions enable paper mills to produce sustainable grease resistant packaging, mulching agriculture film, strength additives, and fiber reductions for paper and packaging. Cerealus has been able to develop these technologies with a research partnership with the University of Maine Process Development Center. Mr. Jabar noted that Cerealus was open to new corporate collaborations and product development for commercializing the AgFilm.

Based in Maine, Cerealus has been creating innovative solutions for pulp and paper mills since 2004. Recent product developments include the 2011 launching of Cerecarb and Cerefiber technologies. These applications are strength additives for the purpose of enabling mills to reduce the pulp fiber content in paper and packaging, as well as increase the ash level in paper products. The Cerecarb and Cerefiber family of applications make it possible for mills to reduce the weight of packaging materials, increase the use of less expensive fibers, or increase the use of less expensive filler materials. These strength additives have received wide industry attention for their ability to leverage cost savings with only minor equipment purchases.

If you would like to hear more about Cerealus, please contact Tom Moore, tmoore(at)cerealus(dot)com or visit http://www.cerealus.com. Join Cerealus in Munich for IMPS 2013 or in April in Atlanta for PaperCon 2013.

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