A survey sponsored by Telles(TM), a joint venture of Metabolix, Inc. (MBLX) and Archer Daniels Midland (ADM): National Survey Reveals More than 70% of Americans Don’t Know Plastic is Made from Oil
Press Release covering an InsightExpress survey:
Plastics are everywhere and most Americans have come to rely on plastics in all aspects of their lives. However, very few people realize that plastics are made from oil, further contributing to the problems of energy dependence, greenhouse gas emissions and depleting resources. In fact, nearly 10 percent of U.S. oil consumption – approximately 2 million barrels a day – is used to make plastic.
I happened to know conventional plastics are petroleum-based, and I’m pretty sure that I learned it in the early pages of Alan Dean Foster’s novelization of the film ‘Alien’.
The things you learn if you read as a kid. And I was always fond of Alan Dean Foster’s novelizations.