Bioplastics must compete on price as well as on functionality and service. The worldwide supply of hydrocarbons, long the base coponent in many plastics, is not in immediate danger of becoming a scarce resource. That means the bioplastics have to match or at least be very competitive with hydrocarbon based plastics. We all love to think green but when faced with a price discrepancy it sometimes cannot be ignored. The rising prices of the hydrocarbons needs to be taken into account as well as the ability to recycle.
The USA has huge reserves of oil and gas and if we can manage to utilize these without damaging the environment we can expect many more years of their availability at more or less reasonable costs..
What should be the perception of a product’s real-world performance with regard to the published spec sheet? While it is easy to assume that the product will operate according to spec, what variables should be considered, and is that a designer obligation or a customer responsibility? Or both?
Biomimicry has already found its way into the development of robots and new materials, with researchers studying animals and nature to come up with new innovations. Now thanks to researchers in Boston, biomimicry could even inform the future of electrical networks for next-generation displays.
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