Monday, January 17, 2005

orange styrofoam

Evidence that our post petrol future may be smellier, but in a good way...

"Almost every plastic out there, from the polyester in clothing to the plastics used for food packaging and electronics, goes back to the use of petroleum as a building block," Coates observes. "If you can get away from using oil and instead use readily abundant, renewable and cheap resources, then that's something we need to investigate. What's exciting about this work is that from completely renewable resources, we were able to make a plastic with very nice qualities."

I love stuff like this. I'd rather have CO2 in my coffee cup than in the atmosphere. And now I know what to do with orange peels - turn 'em into plastic.


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