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..
The first Tacoma Narrows Bridge was a Washington State suspension bridge that opened in 1940 and spanned the Tacoma Narrows strait of Puget Sound between Tacoma and the Kitsap Peninsula. It opened to traffic on July 1, 1940, and dramatically collapsed into Puget Sound on November 7, just four months after it opened.
Noting that we now live in an era of “confusion and ill-conceived stuff,” Ammunition design studio founder Robert Brunner, speaking at Gigaom Roadmap, said that by adding connectivity to everything and its mother, we aren't necessarily doing ourselves any favors, with many ‘things’ just fine in their unconnected state.
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