Recycling is a good thing. But it does take a considerable amount of energy and resources. Throwing a wilted head of lettuce on your compost pile? That requires zero energy, zero resources (just minimal effort on your part). What if you could throw your plastics into the compost too?
Being able to compost plastics would save energy and keep plastics out of landfills, right?
That's what the researchers at the Imperial College of London think. And they're developing a plastic made from sugars that would be able to be composted right along with the rest of your eggshells and moldy bread. It would degrade much faster than plastics currently being made with corn, and would require less energy and water to make.
The research sounds interesting. And we'd love to see this happen, because it does sound like a much greener plastic.
Learn more about this new plastic at Inhabitat.