Wednesday, April 27, 2011

4/27: Green me, Seymour!

The humble piranha plant has been one of the mainstays of the Marioverse. It's gotten bigger and smaller over the years, but its nitrogen-deprived roots are always the same: Venus flytrap on steroids.

You may be seeing it a lot more in the coming years, and decades. If all goes according to bioplastic plan, this symbol here...

...will be the face of "bioplastics," which is the one-word shorthand for "this bottle used to be corn." How? Ask someone crunchier/with a masters in bioengineering for the details. But the hoped-for result is that this will be as commonly seen as the ouroborian blue arrows that denote recycling.

It may still take a while for gamers to see this without wanting to wait until it sinks, then race over it. We'll learn.