Plastics from sugar is a further shift to renewables and away from petroleum.
Bacteria Ready to Make Plastic From Sugar
Eric Bland, Discovery News
Sept. 26, 2008 -- Claims of biology-based oil and plastic usually bear the caveat "in five years." But a San Diego-based company claims they will have a pilot plant for production of E. coli-based 1,4 butanediol (BDO), the base chemical for plastic products ranging from Spandex to car bumpers, next year.
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