An alternative to oil based products are hitting the market thanks to high oil prices. This is one of the first few alternate ways of making plastic without oil.
Burlingame, Calif. -
Making plastic just got a whole lot sweeter.
Nudged in large part by higher oil prices, a wave of innovation is sweeping the petrochemicals industry. A handful of companies large and small have been working on replacing petroleum-based ingredients in chemicals with renewable ingredients. In the latest development, Genomatica, a small, private sustainable-chemicals company in San Diego, says it can now make thousands of tons of a foundational chemical in plastics using sugar instead of a petroleum-based ingredient.