to Dr. Charlotte Williams of the UK’s Engineering and Physical Sciences
Research Council, research at Imperial College London has resulted in
the transformation of simple plant sugars into polymers that can be used
to make plastic.
This new material, while durable, is harvested
from non-food crop plants and requires significantly less energy to
manufacture. It also biodegrades in months compared to the hundreds of
years required for fossil-fuel based materials.
is expected to be production-ready within several years. Our eco-salute,
Dr. Williams, Imperial College London researchers and Engineering and
Physical Sciences Research Council for this eco-friendly alternative to
May such noble work as yours continue to yield materials that help restore our harmonious balance with Mother Earth. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/earthnews/7258503/Scientists-develop-new-plastic-made-from-sugar-that-can-be-composted.html http://news.cnet.com/8301-11128_3-10456612-54.html http://www.inhabitat.com/2010/02/19/new-research-reveals-sugar-based-plastics-could-be-composted-at-home/ http://www.treehugger.com/files/2010/02/breakthrough_-_new-sugar-based-plastics-could-be-composted-at-home.php