04 Sep '11, 7pm

Feathers for Fuel

Feathers for Fuel

Every year the U.S. poultry industry sheds up to 4.5 billion pounsd of feathers, most of which head to landfills or are cooked down into feed for other animals. Justin Barone, a Virginia Tech materials scientist and Meyerhoeffer's business partner, has spent years looking for ways to turn the fluffy castoffs into environmentally friendlier plastics, thereby reducing our dependence on oil. The Mount Crawford plant is one of the first to manufacture feather-based plastic on an industrial scale. At full capacity, which Meyerhoeffer expects to reach by the end of the year, it will replace an estimated 7,500 barrels of oil annually. (The United States currently consumes more than 19 million barrels a day.)

Full article: http://www.onearth.org/article/feathers-for-fuel

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