IBM's Earth-friendly plastic!

March 9, 2010 | 13:47
IBM's Earth-friendly plastic!
IBM's Earth-friendly plastic!
Good news! IBM researchers discovered a way to make plastic from plants that could replace petrolium-based products that leave a rather large ecological footprint. Researchers said the plastic would be completely biodegradable. Even the production process is simple and less energy consuming than fossil-based plastic.

"This discovery and new approach using organic catalysts could lead to well-defined, biodegradable molecules made from renewable resources in an environmentally responsible way," IBM said in a release.

Details of the research are published this week in the American Chemical Society journal Macromolecules.

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