Planting seeds for better plastic

Scientists are working to put the bio in plastics

By Emily Sohn, 23:10 PM February 9, 2011

 

Landfills hold garbage and plastic — and the oceans do too. Traditional plastics stay around a long, long time. One goal with bioplastics is to make materials that will break down easily.  Credit: NOAA Marine Debris Program

 

 

Landfills hold garbage and plastic — and the oceans do too. Traditional plastics stay around a long, long time. One goal with bioplastics is to make materials that will break down easily.

 

Plastic is like an annoying brother or sister: You can love it and hate it at the same time.

 

On the plus side, plastic is lightweight, strong and cheap. It can be hard or squishy, big or small, thick or thin. It’s the perfect material for food wrappers, eyeglasses, soda bottles, picture frames, dishes, ke...

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