Why Plants are the Next Generation of Plastic

Plastics' durability-once its greatest asset-is now its greatest curse. Scientists are quietly making tech breakthroughs that can halt our plastic problems at the source. Using plants and bacteria, materials that look and perform like plastic but break down like plants, are finally becoming commercialized. In this talk, I'll introduce you to the next generation of plant-based polymers that will replace petroleum-based plastics over the next decade. Then we'll discuss greenwashing and how consumers can detect truth from lies on the shelf.

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