Plastics: keeping it green

October 2006
ICIS Chemical Business;10/16/2006, Vol. 1 Issue 39, Special Section p6
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The article reports that Metabolix's use of biotechnology to produce plastics from renewable resources has already been widely praised. U.S.-based Metabolix is a leader in using biotechnology to produce plastics. It has two platform technologies to produce what it brands as Natural Plastics, the first, now being commercialised, converts sugars or vegetable oils via microbial fermentation, while the second, which is still under development, uses direct production in non-food crop plants. This combines the production of polymers with biomass that can be converted into biofuels.


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