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Biodegradable Plastics

Industry Overview:
  Biodegradable plastics are an environmentally friendly substitute for traditional plastics because there is far less impact on the environment. With more attention than ever being put on “green” and eco-friendly products, the market for biodegradable plastics is growing favorably.

The search is on for eco-friendly solutions that can be made from renewable raw materials and/or for current plastics made with petroleum to be treated with biodegradable additives. Cornstarch, soybeans, bacteria and vegetable oil are just a few of the items being explored as scientists seek ways to change the “throwaway culture” of disposable products cluttering landfills.
Common Applications:
  • Biodegradable additives
  • Polylactic acid (PLA)
  • Fermentation
  • Hydrolysis, etc.
  • Methanogenesis
  • Biodegradable – aliphatic, cellulose acetate, polyester, etc.
  • Compostabilty
  • Bacteria – Flavobacteria, Pseudomana, etc.
  • Crystallization
  • Molding – injection, blow, etc.
  • Foams
Look for our articles in Bioplastics Magazine and other industry publications..

With over 25 years as a top plastics industry recruitment agency, Ropella is well-versed in the challenges companies face in their search to find highly qualified professionals. As talent acquisition specialists, we excel at attracting, recruiting and building relationships with potential candidates. Our executive search consultants stay abreast of current industry trends making Ropella a knowledgeable, efficient and effective partner for recruiting top plastics talent.

A proven executive search firm, Ropella is dedicated to helping companies gain a competitive advantage by providing customized and strategic talent solutions. We leverage our industry expertise, proprietary smart search system and global network to deliver exceptional results quickly for even the most challenging searches. Successful industry leaders count on Ropella to find the right talent to drive their business forward.


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Sales (such as; new business development, key account management, technical service, customer service, branch, district, region, national, global in scope).
Marketing (such as market research, market analyst, consumer research, public relations, social media, communications, product management).
Manufacturing (such as operations, production, engineering, plant design, process development, pilot plant, scale up).
Research & Development (such as exploratory research, discovery research, synthesis, analytical, applications development, new product development, formulations, compounding, quality control, environmental, regulatory, health and safety).
Administration (such as procurement, supply chain, logistics, human resources).
Business Management (such as general management, executive, manager, director, vice president, c-suite and board member, commercial development, merger, acquisition, joint venture).
Venture Capital / Private Equity (such as administration and finance, commercial development, executive level management, human resources, mfg., marketing, r&d, sales)
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Jeff Bennett

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Patrick,  Thank you for all that you and Ropella do for Dow.  The processes and systems you have applied (from The Right Hire) while working with Dow have proved very valuable over many years of service.

Chairman and CEO
The Dow Chemical Company
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