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Dow Chemical Converts Sugar Into Cheap Plastic

For all of those who are concerned with global warming and renewable energy, it looks like we can now make cheap plastic from sugar cane. But at what cost? Well, surprisingly, it wouldn’t cost more than what we currently pay for petrochemical production.

Dow Chemical claims to be working on the world’s largest facility to make polymers from plants. The project will use 240 million liters of ethanol plant and the company will convert that product into hundreds of thousands of metric tons of polyethylene- the most commonly used plastic around the world.

While this isn’t the first time we’ve heard about renewable energies created, this is the first time that production costs and quantity will be equivalent to previously used methods that were harming our planet.

Although it won’t cost much more to use sugar cane to create the plastic, the company hopes to charge a bit more considering how much damage they are saving from the environment, kind of lame, when you think about it- and I am hoping that ‘extra something’ translated to a 5 or 10% increase in price and nothing too high.

Either way, the project offers hope to our future and may inspire others to think of new ways to create everyday consumer items. I guess the next step would be to get China to do something similar with their plastic production.

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