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Panasonic taps plants to develop green appliances

High production costs a concern in shift away from petroleum-based plastics

Panasonic says resin material with more than 50% of plant content is rarely used for commercial purposes. 

OSAKA -- Panasonic will adopt a plant-derived plastic to produce refrigerators, vacuum cleaners and other home appliances within a few years, Nikkei has learned, joining a broader trend away from petroleum-based material spurred by environmental concerns. 

The Japanese electronics maker has developed a plastic that is comprised of 55% cellulose fibers and is durable enough to be used for its products. Cellulose is an insoluble substance obtained from the bark, wood or leaves of plants, or from other plant-based material.

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