Friday, October 14, 2005

Elephant Grass and Car Parts

Engineers and farmers at the University of Warwick have devised a way to make bio-degradable plastic car parts out of elephant grass (miscanthus). Elephant grass requires little or no pesticides or fertilizers to grow, and is abundant, yielding 15 tonnes a hectare. Scientists have shown how elephant grass makes an excellent structural filler in wheel trims especially. The plastic car parts developed in this way will not degrade during the life of a vehicle but can be pushed into biodegrading if they are composted at the end of the vehicle's life.

In the Netherlands they have passed legislation stating that from 2006, 85% of car parts and materials must be recycled, and 95% will have to be recycled from 2015. This falls under the onus of the car manufacturer.

Here’s a cute little ad that hits the 16-24 demo square on the nose. Creative Wonders Link


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