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Ford & Heinz Test Tomato-Based Plastic

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Battar   6/16/2014 10:31:55 AM
What have they been doing with the stuff untill now? Landfill?

If Ford arn't interested, maybe thay should talk to IKEA. The biggest drawback of recycled products is that the cost of recycling (including collection, seperation and energy costs) is often greater than "virgin" material. It is also more difficult (sometimes impossible) to maintain uniformity of color and other properties, which precludes their use in exterior parts.

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78RPM   6/13/2014 3:39:44 PM
Thanks, Ann for this article. It's good to know that an increasing number of companies are considering the ethical implications of their design process and considering the environmental and social costs as well as benefits of their manufacturing.

At the recent Apple shareholder meeting, Tim Cook was firm with an investment group that demanded to know the effect on profiit from Apple's green energy and design process.  Cook replied:

"When we work on making our devices accessible by the blind," he said, "I don't consider the bloody ROI." He said the same thing about environmental issues, worker safety, and other areas where Apple is a leader. ... He didn't stop there, however, as he looked directly at the NCPPR representative and said, "If you want me to do things only for ROI reasons, you should get out of this stock."  Reference: http://arstechnica.com/apple/2014/03/at-apple-shareholders-meeting-tim-cook-tells-off-climate-change-deniers/

Was there any information on what Heinz has previously done with the tomato waste?

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Ann R. Thryft   6/13/2014 11:35:15 AM
I like two things about this R&D: 1) it's looking to make plastic from waste byproducts, not growing a new crop of something that competes in some way with food crops, and 2) it's being done by big companies with the deep pockets to afford the time and attention to detail it takes to do things right.

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