A Bangor, Maine-based consortium investigating the possibility of making environmentally sustainable plastics from potatoes and wood chips is asking Maine's congressional delegation to find $1.25 million in federal appropriations to help commercialize the new technology by next year.

The Sustainable Bioplastics Council of Maine, made up of manufacturers, agricultural groups, nonprofit organizations and University of Maine researchers, is hoping to use the funds to complete the final research and development phase and begin demonstrating its benefits outside the laboratory.

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