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For 2010 it’s bioplastic, not plastic

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The future of plastics once fossil fuels run dry or the price for it becomes too expensive will hinge on bioplastics.

So says says Frederic Scheer, chairman, president and founder of Cereplast Inc., a Hawthorne, CA, company that designs and manufactures bio-based, sustainable plastics. But he also says, somewhat ruefully, that the bioplastic future is distant, measured in terms of decades.

Which is not to say that bioplastics’ present is particularly shabby: Scheer says that U.S. demand for bioplastics could exceed $10 billion by 2020. That’s a conservative estimate, he contends, but it’s still a “drop in the bucket” compared to the traditional plastic market, which is about $2.5 trillion.

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Written by William DiBenedetto

January 4, 2010 at 6:18 pm

Labor daze item – Shanghai Corporate Pavilion

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Shanghai-corporate-pavilion2-thumb-450x232If you’re wondering what to do with all of those old CD cases stacked around the ranch now that you either store and listen to your music online and/or have your faves stored on MP3s, how about building a new house or office with them? It can be done.

The China architecture firm Atelier Feichang Jianzhu (check out its amazing website) designed the stunning Shanghai Corporate Pavilion using thousands of plastic tubes made entirely from CD cases.Shanghai-corporate-pavilion4-thumb-450x337

Even better, the polycarbonate tubes can be recycled again entirely at the end of the building’s life.

And it’s solar! Energy is collected by way of a 5,249-foot solar thermal energy system of heat conducting tubes on the roof. They heat water up to 95 F and will be used to generate electricity.

The Shanghai Pavilion also features a misting system that can be sprayed in various patterns under the entrance ceiling, but it’s not merely a cosmetic nicety. The mist also will lower the temperature, purify the air and help create a comfortable climate in the pavilion.

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Written by William DiBenedetto

September 7, 2009 at 11:54 am

Think Plastiki

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plastikiI posted a version of this on Triple Pundit this week and wanted to put it on this site for my faithful readers, whoever and wherever you are.

Waste can be a resource according to David de Rothschild, the handsome, 30-year-old heir to the famed European banking fortune. He’s the guiding light behind the Adventure Ecology eco-community and the star/host of the Sundance Channel’s aptly named Eco-Trip show, which features a mostly bemused, angry or surprised de Rothschild confronting various ecological topics and absurdities on a weekly basis.

The thing that is getting him the most publicity right now is his Plastiki Expedition. It’s a project with a dual purpose: To design and build an entirely recyclable and eco-friendly 60-foot catamaran “yacht” made of thousands of reclaimed plastic bottles, and to sail this revolutionary and surprisingly high-tech craft to the Eastern Pacific Garbage Patch as a demonstration both of what humans are doing to the oceans and a think-different message of what is possible to make out of the trash we make and dump.

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Written by William DiBenedetto

May 28, 2009 at 8:31 am

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