On my drive to our Bangor office yesterday morning, I heard a brief NPR story about the newest Cola War between Pepsi and Coke – ‘Green bottles.’
This week, Pepsi unveiled a new bottle made entirely of plant material – switch grass, pine bark and corn husks. Coke fired back with a statement saying (in so many words), “Oh yeah, we have a bottle that will be 100% green too!” That’s right, two of the largest soda companies are fighting over who is reducing their carbon footprint more. Awesome!
I started getting super excited about the possibilities right here in Maine for providing companies with the materials for bio-based products that create good jobs and products that are safe for our families.
We have ideas – what we need is capital. Without funds for research and development, Maine could miss out on a golden opportunity for new industries and the jobs they would create. That’s why we’re working to support and pass three bond initiatives at the State House that would fund Research and Development on using Maine’s Natural Resources sustainably. I want Maine to be on the cutting edge of green technology. Just think of the possibilities!