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"" . Biodegradable plastics or Bioplastics are plastics have the ability to degrade by microorganisms after disposal. Because bioplastics are that...

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Bio-on hopes its bioplastics will replace metal, too (Q&A)

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.

By February 6, 2014


Ford and Heinz want to cook up car parts from tomatoes

Heinz sure has a lot of extra tomato skins kicking around. The condiment company and Ford explore turning those skins into bioplastics.

By June 11, 2014


Battery-free flashlight among Google Science Fair winners

Teens invent a warning system for approaching ambulances, banana peel bioplastics, and flu drug modeling.

By September 24, 2013


Dow takes plunge into bioplastics in Brazil

In joint venture, Dow Chemical to make plastics from sugar-cane-derived ethanol and plastics to cut its use of fossil fuel feedstocks.

By July 19, 2011


Natural bioplastic material could make cars biodegradable

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.

By October 6, 2010


Metabolix grows bioplastics in switchgrass

Switchgrass, a native grass researchers are turning into ethanol fuel, can also be used for producing biodegradeable plastics from within the leaves of switchgrass.

By August 11, 2008


Green Toys makes kiddie stuff from bioplastic

Pitching its gear to environmentally minded parents, a company makes classic children's toys from corn-based plastic.

By July 30, 2007


Green news harvest: Obama's energy plan, plug-in hybrid changes how you drive

V2Green makes the grid smarter for cars; bioplastics in Mazdas; ethanol stocks get clobbered; reality check on Honda's fuel cell vehicles; the importance of stream data monitoring; and a cloudy clean-tech forecast.

By June 17, 2008


Green-tech news harvest: Rising oil prices, ethanol plant cancellations, grease bandits

Also of note: possible ocean-cooling effect in climate change; fertilizer tech; growing demand for energy-efficient cars; and more scrutiny for bioplastics.

By May 6, 2008


Plastic made from pig urine

Denmark's Agroplast has an idea for making bioplastics in which the feedstock is really, really cheap. Pig urine is particularly interesting because it's an environmental hazard.

By April 22, 2008