In the numerous companies we have profiled for the A-List, we’ve overlooked an important category: the building materials for the very structures within which biobased goods are manufactured, or families live their lives.
Now, there’s wood, of course – a biobased material by definition and perenially popular as a raw material (though currently excluded from the Biopreferred.gov program)
But why use wood when we can use recycled fibers?
There are tons to choose from. Forest products, agricultural waste, or post-consumer waste in the form of cardboard and paper that is steered away from the landfill. Imagine a home or an office that was built without disturbing nature around it – but simply utilizing the waste streams already created by other industrial activities. That’s industrial symbiosis – nature’s grandest and most successful design.
Tags: agricultural waste, pulp stew, wet processing technology, compound shapes, packaging
Source: Biofuels Digest, 2012-08-21.