The next time you visit Japan, could you be eating with plastic chopsticks that were generated in the belly of bacteria? Well it may sound strange, but according to Kyodo News International, the Osaka Gas Company has developed this new manufacturing technology that could produce plastic dining equipment, garbage bags, and other plastic goods in 2 to 3 years. The plastic, called polyhydroxy butyrate, is created when the bacteria eats methane, and then accumulates the plastic inside their microscopic bodies. Since this production method costs one- third that of conventional types, and the product is both highly heat resistant and environmentally friendly, officials say 300,000 tons of it may be on the market within a decade.
March 25, 2005 by CFACT,
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