14 Jun '12, 9pm

Coke, Ford join forces to juice supply of plant-based plastic

Coke, Ford join forces to juice supply of plant-based plastic

I'm not as concerned with the "environmentalist concern" cited in the article--that we end up with the same plastic in the end--as I am with the full lifecycle impact. Plastic pollution needs to (and can) be combated with innovative recycling and bottle take back programs. But, what I am more concerned about is whether "plant-based plastic" requires any less petroleum inputs. Nearly everything in our economy hums on petroleum, and big agriculture is no exception. So, we've got big gas-guzzling tilling and cultivation operations. Then, apply petroleum-based fertilizers. Then, gas-guzzling harvesting operations. Then, transport of the plant materials. Then conversion to plastic. I'd like to see much more news on the early stages of the value chain here, and how this stacks up to conventional plastic production. The feedstock discussion, which this article at least mentions, ...

Full article: http://www.greenbiz.com/blog/2012/06/14/coca-cola-nike-fo...

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