NEC, the Japanese electronics company, has used an extract from cashew nut shells and plant cellulose to create cashew-based bioplastics that are stronger than corn starch-based bioplastics.
Not only are the cashew-based bioplastics twice as strong, they are more heat-resistant and degrade more quickly than plastics made from corn starch or sugarcane. If all goes as planned, the cashew-based bioplastics will be available for electronics applications by the middle of 2014.
Implications - While I know that seems like a super-long time to wait for such an amazing creation as nutty plastics, I can assure you these NEC bioplastics will be well worth the wait!
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