March 14, 2008

Pulp Non-fiction

Research scientists from the US Department of Agriculture is trying to help cut costs in bioplastics production using sugar beet pulp.

According to them, the cheap pulp, currently used as a livestock feed or a pet feed ingredient can be converted into a specialized filler material for polylactic acid-based plastics. PLA is said to be expensive because of the complex processes required to derive it from fermented corn sugars.

I wonder what's the total production cost to manufacture the pulp-based plasticizers...