plastics stories

In 2008, 85.8% of all of the plastic used in the United States ended up in a landfill. It wasn't reused or recycled, and it wasn't turned into energy. A new study from Columbia University says that turning landfill-bound plastics into energy instead would not only produce energy, but save money and the environment all at the same time.
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.