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RE: [greenyes] Plastic from corn?

Good morning, Patty.
Here's the Dow Cargill link.
There are quite a number of synthetic fabric products marketed through
the Ingeo brand.
Interface makes a residential carpet that is almost 100 percent PLA and
a commercial product that has a PLA/Nylon blend.
I can't speak to the waste involved with manufacturing but a Scientific
American article of several years ago suggested if biomass were used as
the energy source it made a significant contribution in reducing
greenhouse gas emissions.

I think the bigger issue is, however, how truly sustainable is this
technology? Sacrificing food resources for consumer goods doesn't seem
to make a lot of sense but I'd like to hear other perspectives since
these are the kinds of products at a premium in green architecture.

Bruce Maine
Sustainable Products and Specifications Manager
Sustainable Design Services
HDR Architecture

-----Original Message-----
From: Patty Bates-Ballard [mailto:pattyballard@no.address]
Sent: Sunday, November 28, 2004 5:06 PM
To: greenyes@no.address
Subject: [greenyes] Plastic from corn?

What does anyone know about Cargill's plastic made from corn? Is it a
solution or just good PR?


Patty Bates-Ballard
Public Relations Director
EnviroGLAS Products, Inc.

"Treat the Earth well. It was not given to us by our parents; it was
loaned to us by our children." -Ecologist Lee Talbot

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