ChemMatters is celebrating the 40th anniversary of Earth Day with its second episode, which highlights how scientists are trying to make plastic, one of the world's most abundant man-made materials, more environmentally friendly.
In this episode, find out how scientists are developing "greener" plastics using plant materials. By 2020, these bioplastics could provide an alternative for about a fifth of the estimated 200 billion pounds of plastics manufactures produce each year worldwide.
ChemMatters has been demystifying the chemistry at work in our everyday lives for over 25 years. Released quarterly, each issue is full of readable articles about the chemistry used in everyday life, and is of interest to budding chemists and their teachers alike. New episodes of the ChemMatters video podcast will be available throughout 2010.