Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Cheap Plastic Made from Sugarcane

Dow Chemical is building a plant to make polyethylene from sugarcane at costs that rival petrochemical production. Making plastic from sugar can be just as cheap as making it from petroleum, says Dow Chemical. The company plans to build a plant in Brazil that it says will be the world's largest facility for making polymers from plants.

The project will begin with the construction of a 240-million-liter ethanol plant, a joint venture with Mitsui, that is set to begin later this year.

Source: Technology Review
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