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In 2002, as part of an agreement with the nonprofit Horticulture Research Institute, scientists begin research to create a nonpetroleum-based biodegradable plastic plant container made from biowaste products. In 2009, scientists release the first biodegradable flowerpot made from discarded chicken feathers. The nursery industry uses about 1 billion pounds of plastic containers per year, and waste from these containers is generally not recyclable.
Photo by Stephen Ausmus.