(May 29) The Sustainable Bioplastics Consortium has received more than $650,000 to help develop a proposal to make plastics from Maine potatoes.

The Bangor (Maine) Daily News has reported that the consortium, led by InterfaceFABRIC of Guilford, Maine, will spend 18 months trying to demonstrate the feasibility and marketability of using Maine tubers to make an environmentally friendly plastic.

Researchers at the University of Maine in Orono will work on the technical aspects of creating a plastic resin from potato starch, and the university’s Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center will study the market opportunities, the newspaper reported.