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Thursday, July 14, 2005

making plastic from corn

"Agricultural products are helping the plastics industry wean itself from oil" and Utne Online has the scoop!

One Word: Corn

As the Los Angeles Times reports, agribusiness heavyweight Cargill Inc. has started producing a corn-derivative plastic that can be used to manufacture hard plastic and a polyester-like fabric. In an effort to jump on the sustainability bandwagon, Dupont and other companies across the country are developing corn-based fabrics for bedding and clothing. And in 2001, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory announced, in an article in New Scientist, that it was researching the possibility of making plastics from manure. By the year 2030, according to the Los Angeles Times, the Department of Energy wants 25 percent of all chemical manufacturing derived from agricultural products.

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