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CEO Marco Astorri thinks his startup's plastic, derived from sugar beets, is environmentally better than ordinary plastic. In one form, it can conduct electricity, too, and auto supplier Magna's interest is piqued.
In joint venture, Dow Chemical to make plastics from sugar-cane-derived ethanol and plastics to cut its use of fossil fuel feedstocks.
Heinz sure has a lot of extra tomato skins kicking around. The condiment company and Ford explore turning those skins into bioplastics.
Teens invent a warning system for approaching ambulances, banana peel bioplastics, and flu drug modeling.
From alternative fuels to soy-foam seats, carmakers are chipping away at the carbon trail their vehicles leave behind. And with Solegear's 100-percent natural polymer, we could start seeing car parts that are completely biodegradable.
The Biobased Kidshouse in the Netherlands is made entirely of natural materials like hemp and coconut husks, completely skipping over the whole fossil fuels issue.
Startup Virdia raises funds to test making sugar from wood chips, making it one of many companies trying to create sugars from non-food sources for chemicals, biofuel, or animal feed.
Switchgrass, a native grass researchers are turning into ethanol fuel, can also be used for producing biodegradeable plastics from within the leaves of switchgrass.
U.S.-based Cereplast signs multimillion-dollar deal to supply a leading food-packaging manufacturer in Europe with its patented bioresin.
Pitching its gear to environmentally minded parents, a company makes classic children's toys from corn-based plastic.