Brazil's 'Organic' Plastics

As oil prices soar, the country is aiming to become a global hub for plastics made from plant-based materials, including sugar cane

Try to imagine a plastics factory. You're probably seeing an industrial eyesore belching smoke and fire into the sky at a city's edge. But Dow Chemical (DOW) and other large plastics makers have a more bucolic vision of what some plants will look like in the future, and they're heading to Brazil to build them.

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