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24 Plant-Based Plastic Innovations

From Corn Bottles to Endlessly Recyclable Containers

— August 2, 2010 — Eco
The use of plant-based plastic and plastic-like materials is one way to help cut down on the use of petroleum-based plastic waste. Who knows -- maybe by using plant-based plastic we could even clean up those marine-life-killing plastic-laden ocean garbage patches.

Plant-based plastic is a growing field of study in materials research. Everything from corn to bacteria is being put to work to help solve the world's plastic problem.

Implications - The eco movement has made a vast segment of consumers aware of how harmful plastics are to the environment. These consumers are equally concerned about the product that they are purchasing as they are about the packaging that it comes in. Companies should consider this mindset.
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Life-Saving Crops
Life-Saving Crops
The Corn-Plastic Abbott 'Bioresorbable Vascular Scaffold' Opens Your Arteries
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Endlessly Recyclable Plastics
Endlessly Recyclable Plastics
Breakthrough Technology in Synthetic Chemistry by Stanford & IBM
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Plant-Based Plastics
Plant-Based Plastics
IBM Researchers Discover a Way to Create Highly Recyclable Plastic
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Kelp Cars
Kelp Cars
Toyota Wants to Build a Bioplastic Car Made of Seaweed By 2015
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Greening Bioplastics
Greening Bioplastics
BioCor LLC Startup Establishes Bioplastic Recycling Infrastructure
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Compostable Snack Bags
Compostable Snack Bags
SunChips Will Roll Out Compostable Bags by Earth Day 2010
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Mazda Upholsters With Plants
Mazda Upholsters With Plants
Biofabric For Hybrid Interiors
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World's First Green Billboard
World's First Green Billboard
Sustainable Ads
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Phones Made of Corn
Phones Made of Corn
Samsung E200 Eco
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Socially Responsible Phones
Socially Responsible Phones
'Samsung Reclaim' Uses Earth-Friendly Corn-Based Plastics
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Corn Bottles (Not Plastic)
Corn Bottles (Not Plastic)
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Ricoh Makes Printer Out of Plants
Ricoh Makes Printer Out of Plants
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Sweet Biodegradable Plastics
Sweet Biodegradable Plastics
Sugar-Based Polymer for Compostable Plastic Found
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Solar-Powered Netbooks
Solar-Powered Netbooks
The iUnika Gyy is Comprised of Bioplastics & Biodegradable Materials
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Biodegradable Rain Gear
Biodegradable Rain Gear
The Plantable Potato Raincoat is Educational & Eco-Friendly
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Organic Money Holders
Organic Money Holders
The Jay Cousins Wallet was Fashioned Out of Kitchen Ingredients
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Biodegradable Flower Pots
Biodegradable Flower Pots
Graine De Pot
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Biodegradable Plastic
Biodegradable Plastic
EcoGen Bathroom Products
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Biodegradable Plastic
Biodegradable Plastic
New Plastic Dissolves in Sea Water
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Biodegradable Umbrella
Biodegradable Umbrella
The Bamboo Brelli
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Edible Dishes
Edible Dishes
Biodegradable Picnic Ware
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Sustainable Cleaning Products
Sustainable Cleaning Products
Full Circle Biodegradable Sponges & Eco Brushes Green Your Clean
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Chic Compostable Dinnerware
Chic Compostable Dinnerware
Verterra Leaf Dishes
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Dissolving Packaging
Dissolving Packaging
Harmless-Dissolve Transparent Bags Disappear in Warm Water
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