Can plants substitute oil in plastic production?



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    A previous answer in the link. To grow all the corn it would take to make ethanol fuel, PLUS enough to make bioplastic, opens a rather large can of worms in terms of the environmental and resource shortage problems it would create.

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    Considering that we have problems feeding people with our current food production I would think that it isn’t necessarily feasable to replace all of our plastic production that requires olefins from oil with olefins derived from plants.

    Ultimately, I think the future would be a polymer economy that is not primarily dependant on polymerization of olefins. There are plenty of polymers that can be readily made from naturally occuring plant fibers such as cellulose acetate.


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