When I see a banana, I think "breakfast" or "snack" or "potassium" or even "don't slip on its peel". Sao Paulo State University, though, thinks bigger than I do, because when they see bananas they think "eco-friendly fiber for making plastic." Banana plastic uses fruit plant fibers instead of petroleum, and the plastic that comes out is actually lighter, stronger and more heat-resistant than traditional plastics Inhabitat suggests such plastic is perfect for cars, which could see benefits in crash protection and in fuel economy. Assuming, of course, you don't mind people trying to snack on your bumper. [Inhabitat]
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