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  • 02.19.09

Hey, Someone Put Wood in My Plastic!

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A story in the Christian Science Monitor shows how plastic substitutes are achieved differently in different countries.

Bioplastics are being made from sugarcane fiber, corn starch, tapioca, potatoes, cellulose, and even soy protein and lactic acid. In the U.S., scientists have focused on making bioplastics from foodstarch, partly because of large agriculture subsidies. But the controversy over biofuels and spiking food prices may make a wood byproduct a more attractive choice.AK