Futuristic question: What will take the place of plastic?

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  1. emu!

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    Just realized...I'm sitting here at a plastic keyboard, on a plastic chair, wearing mostly plastic shoes. The computer monitor is mostly plastic. The printer...plastic. The top of the woodgrain-looking desk...plastic. The girl in the next building has a couple of plastic...uh, nevermind.

    But, when I look at old pictures from my grandparents era, very few things were plastic. I'm guessing...with the oil shortage and all :rolleyes:, that there will need to be a new invention that takes over to shape our world when plastic runs out.

    What do you think it will be? Molded moon dust maybe?
     
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    Ask Dustin Hoffman. He always seems to hear about this stuff first.
     
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    Quantum polymers. They can take any form as long as you don't look at 'em.
     
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    I don't think plastics will go away, but the way we get them will change and they will become safer for the environment.
     
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    This^

    Disposable plates and cutlery made from corn are all over the place
     
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    I was thinking corn too. Better use than eating it.
     
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    IS there really an oil shortage? Isn`t the US about to become the largest exporter of oil?
     
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    We can live without gasoline but we cannot live without modern plastics, particularly in the medical field - and you need oil to make medical-grade plastics, no two ways about it.

    Alternatives would be quite welcome. No research is being done on substitutes that I'm aware of.
     
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    I'm rooting for the return of the early plastic, polyoxybenzylmethylenglycolanhydride.
     
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    Good article - 7 misconceptions about plastic.

    http://www.ecologycenter.org/ptf/misconceptions.html

    Please read number 4.

    Plastic is made from resins that are made from cracking natural gas into a solid state.

    The price of plastic resins = your home heating/natural gas rates.

    The price of common plastic resins does not equal gasoline or crude oil.

    We are cracking a record number of pounds of resin in the USA and Natural Gas is low right now but resin prices are going up because we are exporting a record amount of resin to China where the resin fetches more money per pound.

    Plastic is not oil. Plastic is natural gas......like the gas that you may heat your home with.

    I've worked in plastics and packaging for 28 years. I'm a plastics nerd. Big old nerd....but when we hire new sales reps and they talk about crude oil and plastic to engineers I cringe and bite my teeth until we get out in the parking lot.

    It's a common misconception. The ebb of plastic pricing relates to the ebb of natural gas and resin cracking capacity and export levels.

    I've got one word for 2010's........Plastics.

     
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    I'll throw an answer out there.

    Bagasse.

    Bagasse is material that is left over after sugar cane is processed and it can be formed into plates, cups, trays, silverware......all sorts of traditional plastic products. Bagasse is green and can be recycled. Use of bagasse based products is being embraced by many companies who have green initiative.

    Look at some of this stuff.....

    http://www.ecoproductsstore.com/index.php

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bagasse

    We got involved distributing some of these products because customers like Aveda and Estee Lauder demanded it. The silverware is not as rigid as common plastic and belive it or not prisons are embracing it because they feel it's safer for inmates to have bagasse knives rather that plastic. The markets that are embracing this stuff are really interesting.

    Sugar cane. Who would have though this 25 years ago??
     
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