Green Purr

Radical Recycling: Bio-Foam


Apart from providing a helpful summary of how paper is made, this article provides evidence that if we put our minds to it, we could probably find ways of recycling traditionally discarded by-products of common manufacturing processes into useful alternatives.  It makes business sense (more products with the same base material) and common sense (in my opinion) because we become less wasteful.

A PhD student has invented a way of combining a few such by-products (waste from paper making and hemicellulose-based resin from raw crop waste from sugar cane, oat and rice hulls, and corn cobs) and producing a bio-foam similar to those produced by using oil-based polymers.

Know of any other great recycling initiatives?


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