bioplastic

Biodegradable and Biobased Plastics Not Created Equal

Bioplastics is an umbrella term that includes products that are biobased, biodegradable and/or compostable. There are distinct differences between these classifications. Additionally, each…

Adidas Walks Ocean Plastic Into New Shoe Lines

The athletic apparel giant Adidas plans to release yet another line of sneakers made from salvaged ocean plastic - and says it will…

Ford Considers Bamboo for Car Interiors

Ford is tinkering with the idea of using bamboo as a raw material, either in the form of upholstery for seat coverings or…

Ford Continues to Use Natural Fibers In Plastic Vehicle Components

We caught up again with Debbie Mielewski, Ford’s senior technical leader of sustainable materials, to check in with the automaker’s ongoing efforts to…

Ford and Jose Cuervo Partner To Make Bioplastic From Agave

Ford's initial assessments “suggest the material holds great promise due to its durability and aesthetic qualities.”

Toymakers Take the Lead On Sustainable Plastics

A sort of symbolism plays into the exploration of alternative, sustainable plastic materials for toys. When toymakers break from petroleum-based feedstocks, they signify…

Four Paths to More Sustainable Plastics

Reducing petroleum feedstock in plastic by just 25 percent can decrease greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to removing 16.5 million passenger cars from the…

PHA Bioplastic: The best possible use of food waste

How do you reuse a dirty, smelly waste material like the sludgy mess from industrial food production to create bioplastic? One team is…

Time To Reduce Our ‘Plastic Footprint’

Our world is full of single-use plastic, meant to be used once and thrown away. And though some of it — depending on…

Ford Edges Closer to ‘Growing’ Its Own Car Parts

Ford has developed and launched eight plant-based materials for use in its car parts -- and the company isn't stopping there.

The Mustang Gets an EcoBoost for Its 50th Birthday

For the model's 50th birthday, the folks at Ford Motor Co. decided to do things a bit differently by launching the first Mustang…

What This 3-D Printed Lip Balm Jar Means for the Future of Cosmetics Packaging

Widespread availability (and affordability for that matter) of printers has supercharged experimentation -- re-shaping and redefining design and prototyping in the process.

Italian Scientists Turn Food Waste Into Bioplastics

A group of scientists at the Italian Institute of Technology (IIT) in Genova, Italy are working on ways to create bioplastic from food…

2012 Postcode Lottery Green Challenge Winner: Molly Morse Recycles Greenhouse Gas into Plastic

Plastics are a thorn in the side of environmentalists: The ubiquitous material is made from nonrenewable resources like oil, may leach chemicals over…

Students Design Edible, Plastic-Free Water Bottle

In an ideal, eco-friendly world, disposable plastic water bottles wouldn't exist; everyone would drink their water from a reusable cup or bottle. But…