A Worldwide First - Cascades Launches Bioxo(TM) Oxo-Degradable Polystyrene Foam Containers



    KINGSEY FALLS, QC, March 15 /CNW Telbec/ - Cascades (CAS-TSX) today
officially launches Bioxo(TM), the first product line of containers made from
totally oxo-degradable polystyrene foam. Manufactured by Cascades, Bioxo(TM)
containers are specifically designed to degrade within three years, unlike
traditional polystyrene foam containers which require several hundred years to
degrade. Bioxo(TM) containers will take up considerably less space in landfill
sites.
    "We are extremely proud to introduce this major innovation in response to
wishes expressed so often by consumers and the agri-food industry," stated
Mario Plourde, President and COO of Cascades Specialty Products Group (SPG).
"Bioxo(TM) is the culmination of extensive research, a lengthy development
process and exhaustive testing to confirm the product's performance."
    Every year, Cascades produces several hundred million food containers,
making it one of the leaders in the industry. Cascades soon hopes to announce
the conclusion of BioxoTM sales to important firms operating in the agri-food
and restaurant industries.

    How does Bioxo(TM) work?

    Bioxo(TM) is the result of the addition of TDPA(C) (Totally Degradable
Plastic Additives), developed by the Canadian firm EPI, of Vancouver.  Mixed
with the base resin, the TDPA(C) additive gives the polystyrene foam special
degradation properties without compromising the performance of the packaging
products. After use, when the product is discarded in a landfill site, it
begins to undergo oxidative degradation much faster than traditional plastic
products. Oxygen, together with heat, UV radiation or mechanical stress
transforms the polystyrene foam with its TDPA(C) additive into a fine powder,
which bacteria and other micro-organisms can digest.
    The line of Bioxo(TM) products poses no hazard for human health or the
environment. Cascades has received a letter of non-objection from the Canadian
Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in
the United States for Bioxo(TM)to be used in direct contact with food. A
distinctive label appears on all Bioxo(TM) products to inform consumers that
they are using a container that contributes to environmental protection.
Cascades has obtained exclusive Canadian and US rights for many years to use
the TDPA(C) process developed by EPI. Bioxo(TM) products are safe and
effective, so they respond well to public environmental protection concerns.
    "Bioxo(TM) confirms Cascades' role as a leader in environmental
protection," adds Mario Plourde. "We were the first to commercialize CFC free
polystyrene foam in 1988. Sustainable development has been one of our guiding
principles throughout 40 years of developing and manufacturing products."

    Founded in 1964, Cascades produces, transforms and markets packaging and
tissue products. Cascades employs close to 14,000 employees who work in more
than 100 modern, flexible production units located in North America and
Europe. Cascades' management philosophy, its more than 40 years of experience
in recycling, and its continued efforts in research and development are
strengths which enable the company to create new products for its customers
and offer its shareholders higher returns. The Cascades shares trade on the
Toronto stock exchange under the ticker symbol CAS.




For further information:

For further information: Laird Greenshields, Morin Public Relations,
Office: 1-877-289-7007 Ext. 224; Source: Hubert Bolduc, Vice President,
Communication and Public Affairs, Cascades Inc., Office: (514) 282-2600,
Cellular: (514) 912-3790


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