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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.
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.
Heinz sure has a lot of extra tomato skins kicking around. The condiment company and Ford explore turning those skins into bioplastics.
Switchgrass, a native grass researchers are turning into ethanol fuel, can also be used for producing biodegradeable plastics from within the leaves of switchgrass.
Teens invent a warning system for approaching ambulances, banana peel bioplastics, and flu drug modeling.
Pitching its gear to environmentally minded parents, a company makes classic children's toys from corn-based plastic.
Also of note: possible ocean-cooling effect in climate change; fertilizer tech; growing demand for energy-efficient cars; and more scrutiny for bioplastics.
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.
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.