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United States Patent Patent No.: US 6,184,261 B1 Biby et al.


A foam that is the extrudate of a mixture of a biodegradable polymer, starch, talc, and a blowing agent is provided. This foam is made by extruding a mixture of the above-listed components. This foam is water-resistant and in some variations waterproof making it an effective packing material. Still further, this foam is biodegradable, and thus, it can be disposed without creating environmental waste. In addition, the foam may be extruded into sheets and then therm-formed to form various articles.

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