Thursday, December 30, 2010

One of the problems of the modern world.

We use oil for a lot more than fuel. Its less visible, but almost all plastic is made of oil. So are most synthetic fabrics.

Earlier this year, somebody came up with a method for turning plastic back into oil...a much more efficient means of recycling than most that exist. But recycling isn't good enough. Imagine life without plastic. Computers are 90% plastic. Modern cars are mostly plastic. Medicine bottles. Cell phones. Plastic mugs...I can't list everything.

And, of course, nylon. Nylon is made from oil, and its used to make, amongst other things, pantyhose (in Britain they're sometimes called 'nylons'). Any woman alive knows how long a pair of pantyhose doesn't last.

So.

How about.

Fish slime?

http://www.cosmosmagazine.com/news/3938/primitive-fish-holds-key-nylon-replacement