March 08, 2005

A ride through Green Plastics country

Here is a series of links that give a bit of history to plastics made from corn.
This first link gives an early look into the beginnings of growing plastic in corn(2000:

From their conclusions the future didn't look too good for this new technology. But perseverence prevailed(2001):

More good news on good uses and developments(2003):

The news is good as the 2002 Olympics showed more good uses and products(2004):

Similar to the Wild Oats story above, but it shows how some people are actually making sense(2004):

Some good background info:

Now when are the big companies ever going to learn!!! This could be such a good opportunity for the big guys, use green plastics and start advertising it! As mentioned before, Americans are willing to pay more for this stuff, plus it's made in the USA (not China). As usual the big coporations are sitting around with their heads up their @$$3$. Kudos to Toyota for leading the way:

(Sorry about the little rant but these corporations just make me angry. They remind me of dinosaurs, big heavy, slow moving, resistant to change, consuming too much just for their gluttonous selves, and on the road to extinction)


Blogger Steve said...

- 18 April 2005 -
Banana provides a new reinforcement

A POLYPROPYLENE (PP) composite reinforced with banana fibre has been developed by Rieter Automotive System, Switzerland, DaimlerChrysler AG, Germany, and Manila Cordage Co of the Philippines.

DaimlerChrysler has been using natural fibres such as flax, hemp, sisal and coconut in its vehicle interiors for several years. This is the first time a natural fibre component has been used on the exterior of a passenger car – as a covering for the spare wheel recess. The component was introduced on the Mercedes-Benz A-Class coupe in September 2004.

The combination of PP and banana fibre has been patented by DaimlerChrysler. The manufacturing process was developed by Rieter Automotive. Manila Cordage supplies the fibres of the banana variety Musa textilis, which is commonly known as abaca. These fibres are 1.5-2.7 m long, have high tensile strength and are traditionally used for making ropes.

This application won the 2005 JEC Award in the Ground Transport Category.


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