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Cereplast Announces the Top Three Designs for the "Make Your Mark" Bioplastics Symbol Contest

04/18/2011 | 04:10pm US/Eastern

Cereplast, Inc. (NASDAQ: CERP), a leading manufacturer of proprietary biobased, compostable and sustainable plastics, today announced the top three designs in the running for the new symbol that will be stamped on products to identify that they are made from bioplastics. The goal of the "Make Your Mark" contest is to introduce a new symbol that will help consumers to identify products and packaging made from bioplastics. Bioplastics are earth-friendly alternatives to petroleum-based plastics, and are made from renewable resources including potatoes, corn, wheat, tapioca, sugar and algae.

Cereplast's "Make Your Mark" bioplastics symbol design competition top 3 finalists.

Cereplast's "Make Your Mark" bioplastics symbol design competition top 3 finalists.

The "Make Your Mark" design competition, which was modeled after the 1970 contest that produced the globally recognized recycling symbol we see on recycled and recyclable products today, received over 1500 design entries and over 2.8 million public votes which determined the top 200 designs. From the top 200 design submissions, the renowned panel of "Make Your Mark" judges selected the top three finalists.

Cereplast encourages the public to post their comments on the top three designs by clicking on the designer's name below. The top three "Make Your Mark" contenders for the $25,000 prize are:

  • Ryan Ford, Creative Director at deviantART in Huntington Beach, California
  • Laura Howard, a graphic design student at the University of Louisville in Kentucky
  • Silas Pandori, Graphic Designer at Iron Design in Ithaca, New York

"Cereplast's competition reflects our commitment to educating and helping consumers make more informed purchasing decisions that have an effect on the health of our environment," said Frederic Scheer, Chairman and CEO of Cereplast. "We are thrilled with the positive feedback and support we received in response to the 'Make Your Mark' contest from individuals, universities, industry professionals, designers, government officials and many others across the U.S. The new bioplastics symbol will enable consumers to easily identify products made from bioplastics, similar to the globally recognized recycling symbol we see on thousands of plastic products."

The winning symbol will be announced on Earth Day Eve, April 21, 2011, at a gala event to be held at the Herman Miller Showroom in Los Angeles, California. The Herman Miller Showroom is an 18,000 square-foot venue that was named the first LEED CI (Commercial Interiors) Platinum building in Los Angeles, as certified by the U.S. Green Building Council.

About Cereplast, Inc.

Cereplast, Inc. (NASDAQ:CERP) designs and manufactures proprietary bio-based, sustainable plastics which are used as substitutes for petroleum-based plastics in all major converting processes - such as injection molding, thermoforming, blow molding and extrusions - at a pricing structure that is competitive with petroleum-based plastics. On the cutting-edge of bio-based plastic material development, Cereplast now offers resins to meet a variety of customer demands. Cereplast Compostables® Resins are ideally suited for single use applications where high bio-based content and compostability are advantageous, especially in the food service industry. Cereplast Sustainables? Resins combine high bio-based content with the durability and endurance of traditional plastic, making them ideal for applications in industries such as automotive, consumer electronics and packaging. Learn more at www.cereplast.com. You may also visit our social networking pages at Facebook.com/Cereplast, Twitter.com/Cereplast and Youtube.com/Cereplastinc.

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