Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

NEWS & PRESS RELEASES EVP: Biodegradable composites for the building industry

A child sorts through plastic trash in Nicaragua.

The History and Future of the Plastics Economy »

October 25, 2017

Plastics are inexpensive and pervasive, but also degrade slowly and damage critical ecosystems. Stanford chemist Robert Waymouth discusses changes in incentives and technologies to create a more sustainable future for...

By Vicky Stein, Stanford News Service

Mealworms eat through Styrofoam.

Plastic-Eating Worms May Offer Solution to Mounting Waste »

September 29, 2015

An ongoing study by Stanford engineers, in collaboration with researchers in China, shows that common mealworms can safely biodegrade Styrofoam.

By Rob Jordan, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

Green Bioplastics Closer to Reality »

September 24, 2012

Biodegradable plastics project with Stanford Woods Institute roots wins international award.

By Rob Jordan

Biodegradable Composites for the Building Industry »

August 12, 2004

Stanford researchers seek way to produce low-cost, recyclable biocomposites that could replace wood in construction.

By Mark Shwartz, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment