Plastics? Sweet, Dude!

Plastics from crude oil fractions? Not for much longer, at least not in a financially viable way. Help is at hand for our plastic-hungry civilisations, however – Wisconsin researchers have found more efficient ways of making the same polymers used as the start-points for plastics using fructose (fruit sugar) as their raw material. It’s always been theoretically possible, but it’s amazing what shrinking profit margins will do for research into efficiency.