U.S. Legislative Climate Creating Opportunities for Bioplastics Industry

U.S. Legislative Climate Creating Opportunities for Bioplastics Industry

Seymour, Indiana, Nov. 5, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Cereplast, Inc. (OTCQB:
CERP) (the "Company"), a leading manufacturer of proprietary biobased,
compostable and sustainable bioplastics, today is providing an update on the
legislative climate in the United States and the potential opportunities it is
creating for the bioplastics industry. Regional and federal laws could create
$180 million in annual bioplastics industry revenue, of which Cereplast expect
to pick up several million in 2014 and beyond to supply resin used for the
manufacture of food serviceware and compostable trash bags.

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently announced several enforcement
actions against plastics companies for not complying with the FTC Green
Guides. This marks the first time the agency is addressing biodegradable
plastic claims. The enforcement actions relate specifically to companies
making unsupported and allegedly false claims that additives make their
conventional plastics biodegradable. Countries around the world are taking a
stand against these types of additives since, unlike compostable bioplastics,
they cannot be verified by any standard specification. On the other hand,
internationally established and acknowledged standards exist to substantiate
claims regarding the biodegradability/compostability of bioplastics. The
absence of these types of additives in the marketplace would be a win for the
bioplastics industry.

Additionally, cities across the United States are taking steps toward
developing composting infrastructures, with San Francisco and Portland as
pioneers in this movement. More recently, in New York City, Mayor Michael R.
Bloomberg is taking steps to implement a composting program in an effort to
reduce waste in the city. With the expanse of composting infrastructures
around the country, the demand for bioplastics is growing. Certified
compostable bioplastics will biodegrade within 180 days or less, making them
the perfect solution for single-use disposable food service ware. Carry-out
containers, utensils, cups and straws made from compostable bioplastics can be
disposed of with food waste in industrial composting facilities, significantly
reducing the amount of food waste and plastic waste that winds up in
landfills. Cereplast Compostables resinsare biodegradable by industrial
composting in the United States and in Europe meeting the ASTM D6400 or EN
13432 standards for compostability. Many grades have BPI and/or DIN Certco
certification.

Chairman and CEO of Cereplast Mr. Frederic Scheer commented, "We are extremely
pleased to see the FTC taking a stance against false marketing claims that
harm the bioplastics industry. We are also pleased to see cities such as New
York moving toward composting their waste. This is a tremendous opportunity
for the Company, and we are aggressively targeting sales developments in the
region."

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.

CONTACT: Contact:
         Cereplast, Inc.
         Public Relations
         Nicole Robertson
         812.220.5400 X1013
         nrobertson@cereplast.com
        
         Investor Relations:
         Alliance Advisors, LLC
         Valter Pinto
         914-669-0222 x201
         valter@allianceadvisors.net
         www.AllianceAdvisors.net

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