Nature inspires a greener way to make colorful plastics

30 julio 2014

Long before humans figured out how to create colors, nature had already perfected the process — think stunning, bright butterfly wings of many different hues, for example. Now scientists are tapping into those secrets to develop a more environmentally friendly way to make colored plastics. Their method uses structure — or the shapes and architectures of materials — rather than dyes, to produce colors.