Bio-plastics Become a Reality/Plastic Packaging Made from Corn and Soy, Business and Industry Trends Analysis

The next big thing in plastics is the use of corn sugar, sugarcane or soybeans as opposed to petrochemicals to make packaging that is biodegradable.  The hope is also that bio-plastics may be cheaper to produce than their traditional petrochemical-based counterparts, as well as more environmentally acceptable.  Products utilizing bioplastics include automotive seat cushions, plastic cutlery, electronics cases, shoes and diapers, to name only a few. Bio-refiner Cargill, Inc. is vastly increasing its production of soybeans and corn derivatives to make plastics for use in carpets, disposable plates and cups, candles, lipsticks and body panels for automobiles and construction equipment. …

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