Greener chemicals from Genomatica - By Marc Gunther
Marc is a contributing editor at FORTUNE magazine, a senior writer at Greenbiz.com and a lead blogger at The Energy Collective.
You’ve got oil in your bedroom closet. Well, not exactly oil, but products that made from petrochemicals like Spandex. Spandex can be found in swimsuits, socks, intimate apparel, sportswear, ski pants and biking gear, among other things.
Christophe Shilling, an entrepreneur with a PhD in bioengineering, aims to change that–with the help of renewable crops and genetically modified bugs. He’s the founder and CEO of a company called Genomatica, a pioneer in “green chemistry” that aims to replace petrochemicals with lower-cost, more environmentally-friendly chemicals made from renewable resources.