A greener vehicular industry may be possible by manufacturing plastics from plant fibres.

Finding ways to maximize the fuel economy of vehicles is an ever more pressing concern on every automotive company’s agenda. Cutting the weight of cars will increase the miles per gallon of each vehicle and would go a long way to helping matters, indeed some are even looking into nanotechnology to accomplish this.

Revolutionary inroads into lighter, stronger materials, have been made using an unexpected material: fruits. Researchers at Sao Paulo State University have manufactured nanocellulosic plastic from pineapples, bananas, coconut shells, agave and curaua.

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