Pretty much everything you eat these days contains corn, whether in the form of corn syrup, sauces, starch, or other food additives. Pretty soon, we will also get upholstery made from this plant. Already being used for biofuels, corn is also a chemical feedstock.
Joel Makower shared this story from his attendance of a gathering of investors and entrepreneurs in cleantech:
For example, there’s a carpeting fiber made from corn instead of petro-based nylon that requires nearly a third less energy and emits nearly two-thirds fewer greenhouse gases. It is being manufactured at a repurposed polyester factory.
This is just one example of many, where businesses see as an opportunity to further sustainability goals into their plans.
Imagine eating your furniture once it’s ready to be disposed!
And speaking of food, Megan Treacy at EcoGeek reports of a racecar that runs on the waste products of chocolate manufacturing. Even more remarkable is that the steering wheel, seat and car body are made from plant fibers including carrots, flax, soy, and other vegetables.
In other news…
* Greentech Media says a shopping spree has begun for carbon accounting software.
* Karla says that Waxman Bill is flawed.
* At VentureBeat, Matt says funding is falling except for energy storage.
* Maria has some cool pictures from the American Wind Energy Association meeting. Check out the small wind turbines!