[LINK] Of nomads and nanotech [Was: 'New mobile phones will double
as credit cards']
gramadan at umd.com.au
Sun Apr 29 13:23:17 EST 2007
Jan Whitaker wrote:
> At 08:46 AM 29/04/2007, Ivan Trundle wrote:
>> Interestingly, a recent survey of Americans showed that 70% are
>> unaware that most plastics come from oil. 40% believed that plastics
>> biodegrade, too (okay, technically this is correct - but the
>> timescale is far greater than the survey participants).
> I checked this with a polymer engineer last month. It was one of those
> synchronicity things. I had been thinking about what would happen to
> all the incidental plastic we use today when oil is either so dear or
> no longer available. This guy said there are current alternatives. The
> plastics are made out of lots of different things, not just oil.
> Natural gas for example. Even plant materials. Wiki has a decent
> article on the subject.
We are evaluating bio plastics (from grain products) from
" New Composite Partners is a technology consulting firm that enables
plastic and plastic composite manufacturers to reduce the amount of
plastic they use by replacing petroleum-based inputs with renewable
grain products. New Composite Partners takes an inventory of our
client’s molded plastic and composite plastic products, and then
develops alternative formulas for those products. Our formulas reduce
cost, weight and plastic consumption."
Though this is not new technology, what is driving the interest of
course is that this technology is now comparable in cost or better than
petroleum based plastics.
Geoffrey Ramadan B.E.(Elec)
Chairman, Automatic Data Capture Association (www.adca.com.au)
Managing Director, Unique Micro Design (www.umd.com.au)
> Jan Whitaker
> JLWhitaker Associates, Melbourne Victoria
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