Yes. The process of making plastic from carbon dioxide was discovered in 1969 but is very expensive – the plastic costs upwards of $100 per pound. About ten years ago, however, a Cornell University scientist created a zinc-based catalyst (thereby evading the most uneconomical aspect of carbon-based plastic production) to manipulate carbon dioxide into polycarbonates, a very common form of plastic usually made from petroleum and used for packaging, cups, silverware, etc. Carbon-based plastic is biodegradeable, whereas traditional polycarbonates are not.
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