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    Compostable Plastics Developed from Sugar-based Polymer

    Almost 99 percent of plastics are formed from fossil fuels.

    “Our key breakthrough was in finding a way of using a non-food crop to form a polymer, as there are ethical issues around using food sources in this way,” said Williams. Current biorenewable plastics use crops such as corn or sugar beet.

    “For the plastic to be useful, it had to be manufactured in large volumes, which was technically challenging. It took three-and-a-half years for us to hit a yield of around 80 percent in a low-energy, low-water-use process,” explains Williams.
     
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    Just flavor the packaging a bit, it will likely be better than some of the contents.
     
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    If if all they did with it was make the plastic bags you get at the grocery store, this would be a huge positive!

    And it looks like it is a lot easier to produce than the alternative. Cheaper too, in the long run. Maybe no NIMBY problems either.

    Hope she gets a nobel prize for this.



    As for the flavoring thing, they already have flavored plastics for dental stuff. Chocolate flavored dental floss.... can the world get any better?
     
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