Design / Green

Plastic From CO2


Oranges and carbon dioxide become plastic via the alchemy of catalysts first discovered at Cornell University. While researchers have worked for years to combine renewable materials like carbon-based limonene (found in citrus peels) and carbon dioxide into polymers (the building blocks of plastic), these catalysts do the job so well they have made the process cheap — paving the way for today’s healthy snack to one day become tomorrow’s renewable plastic fork.