Biodegradable stories

 
Remember that plastic made from fruit? Scratch that. A team of researchers at the University of Florida might well be on their way to cutting our dependence on valuable natural resources to create plastic. Instead of using food carbohydrates or petroleum, new plastics can be made with discarded plant wastes. Yes, that's leaves, grass and petals.
 
It used to be that the only thing to do with an old pair of shoes was to tie the laces together and chuck them up over a telephone line. Now, a better answer has come along: just bury them in your backyard, and they'll magically grow into something beautiful.