The USDA announced an expansion of loans for the development of bio-based polymers and says the program will be equivalent to removing 200,000 cars from the road. From ChemInfo, USDA to Expand Biofuel Loan Program to Plant-Based Materials
Subsidized loans to make biomaterials supposedly will reduce petroleum use and that’s the equivalent of removing 200,000 cars from the road. All of these great ideas seem to be couched in car-equivalent reduction terms. Pretty soon there won’t be any cars on the road left to reduce. Does this mean my road tax goes down?
The article uses Coca Cola’s foray into bio-based PET (polyethylene terephthalate) replacement materials. Although Coke just announced a biobased bottle, they have been honest about the limited use of these materials. Performance and cost of replacements are main concerns.
How well do these bio-based materials fit into the plastics recycling industry and products?
While I watch cars disappearing from the roads, I can try to convince myself on the merits of the government trying to create an industry for potentially higher cost products.