10 Oct '11, 10am

Ask Umbra: What’s up with plastic made from plants? via @grist

Ask Umbra: What’s up with plastic made from plants? via @grist

Recently I was in an airport and saw drinks in bottles touting "plastic made from plants." What's up with that? Most plastic is made from oil, and that technically came from plants, once upon a time ... are these new bottles just a bubbly reframing of business as usual? Scott R. Seattle, WA If only it were this simple. Photo: Peter Rowley A. Dearest Scott, I have chosen to answer your question for two important reasons: 1) It represents one of modern life's many eco-conundra, and we should all be armed to respond in such situations; 2) You are the new Grist overlord , and according to article 24, section B, clause 572 of my contract, I am obligated to do so cheerily and promptly. Plastic made from plants sounds vaguely pleasant and sustainable, doesn't it? Unfortunately, while this material might hold some long-term promise, it's currently more like you in an airport. Whic...

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