Within 3 to 5 years commercial-use plant-based plastics could compete directly with the less-costly petroleum based plastics. This could lead to bio-degradable plastics making a significant impact on Zero Landfill initiatives for sustainability-driven businesses.
Recently Metabolix Bioplastics firm in Cambridge MA received a US patent for its method of producing plastic polymers from switchgrass. Switchgrass is a dominant prairie plant that grows naturally in North America.
“If Metabolix nails its target, the next step will be field tests to determine whether its genetically modified switchgrass could be planted in mass quantities, thrive in real weather conditions, and most importantly, offer a cost-effective alternative to fossil fuels.” – Credit Callum Borchers, The Boston Globe.
Read more about the details of going zero landfill with plastic from plants here.
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