Cereplast Provides Shareholders With an Update on the Italian Plastic Bag Legislation

Cereplast Provides Shareholders With an Update on the Italian Plastic Bag

SEYMOUR, Ind., June 4, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Cereplast, Inc. (OTCQB:CERP)
(the "Company"), a leading manufacturer of proprietary biobased, compostable
and sustainable bioplastics, today is providing shareholders with an update on
the Italian plastic bag legislation. The government of the United Kingdom
("UK") is using the European Union ("EU") legal system in an attempt to
influence the Italian legislation that enforces sanctions on merchants that do
not discontinue the use of traditional single-use plastic bags in favor of
bioplastic and other alternatives. Cereplast anticipates that this move will
simply delay the law from going into full effect until Summer/Fall 2013.

Cereplast Chairman and CEO Mr. Frederic Scheer commented, "When dealing with
government bodies and new legislation there are often times hurdles that
occur, particularly when there is lobbying pressure from the traditional
plastics industry. I am not overly concerned about the timing of the outcome,
and expect that this is a minor pause in the full impact of the law. Amidst
this delay, we are manufacturing and seeking new market opportunities every
day, as well as expanding our current customer base and attracting new
customers who are adopting biodegradable alternatives such as ours. This
legislation has survived multiple legal actions, and each time it has
prevailed. The overall sentiment among the EU is supportive of this
legislation as we are seeing other countries move towards outright plastic bag
bans, in addition to the countries that have already imposed fines. In the
meantime, we have utilized this time wisely by completing our required
certifications, which are required by many large retailers that continue to
transition to bioplastic alternatives in lieu of traditional plastic bags,
despite the recent move by the UK. The Company will continue to pursue
strategic target clients in anticipation of the sanctions becoming effective."

Mr. Scheer continued, "Additionally, in the United States, the plastics
industry is lobbying heavily to prevent similar wide-spread laws from being
passed, and yet year after year, there continues to be a movement toward the
abolition of the single-use plastic bag. Today, cities such as San Francisco,
Portland and Seattle have been successful despite the opposition, and this
will likely continue to be the trend in the US for the next few years as
people work toward state-wide legislation."

About Cereplast, Inc.

Cereplast, Inc. (OTCQB:CERP) designs and manufactures proprietary biobased,
sustainable bioplastics which are used as substitutes for traditional plastics
in all major converting processes - such as injection molding, thermoforming,
blow molding and extrusions - at a pricing structure that is competitive with
traditional plastics. On the cutting-edge of biobased plastic material
development, Cereplast now offers resins to meet a variety of customer
demands. Cereplast CompostablesĀ® resins are ideally suited for single-use
applications where high biobased content and compostability are advantageous,
especially in the food service industry. Cereplast SustainablesĀ® resins
combine high biobased 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 the Cereplast social networking pages at Facebook.com/Cereplast,
Twitter.com/Cereplast and Youtube.com/Cereplastinc.

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CONTACT: Cereplast, Inc.
         Public Relations
         Nicole Robertson
         812.220.5400 X1013
         Investor Relations:
         Alliance Advisors, LLC
         Alan Sheinwald
         Valter Pinto
         914-669-0222 x201

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