Sustainable Plastic Production, by Bacteria

Design News 10.11.12

Researchers have inserted a gene into a bacteria that turns it into a carbon dioxide-eating, ethylene-producing machine. Plastics are manufactured using ethylene, most of which is derived from fossil fuels. Now, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory says six tons of CO2 emissions are saved per ton of ethylene produced by the bacteria; three tons are absorbed by the bacteria and three are avoided from the usual fossil fuels.

In other news, Lego adds Villa Savoye to its architecture series, and a pop-up Starbucks library appears in Tokyo. See the headlines after the jump.

Genetically Engineered Bacteria Become The World's Most Efficient Plastic Factory | Co.Exist
Le Corbusier's Villa Savoye is the Newest Addition to Lego's Architecture Series | Architectural Digest
What's Missing From This Starbucks Store? The Branding | Co.Design

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