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Honeywell, Metabolix to Develop Biodegradable Ingredients for Personal Care Products

Biomaterials company Metabolix and Honeywell have partnered to develop biodegradable biopolymers for use in cosmetics and personal care products. The new biobased microbeads can replace their synthetic, non-biodegradable plastic counterparts, which have been found in large quantities in the Great Lakes. Legislation is pending to ban microbeads. Using applicable ASTM … Read more »

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Retailers Offer Green Gift Cards

Whole Foods and Starbucks are among the retailers offering more sustainable gift cards — an alternative to the plastic gift cards sold en masse over the holiday season, Los Angles Times reports. In 2012, the industry produced 33 billion cards, according to the International Card Manufacturers Association. The newspaper says … Read more »

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Can Plants Produce Polymers for Plastic Cheaply?

Metabolix and other companies are exploring whether plants can be genetically engineered to make polymers for producing bioplastics in a way that’s cheaper than oil-based plastics, the Christian Science Monitor reports. Scientists believe the answer to cheaper bioplastics lies in plants, which can theoretically be engineered to function like mini-factories … Read more »