The recycling of paper waste has been something that could help the growing waste problem and thanks once again for another group for coming up with a neat idea on recycling them into something useful, that of which is foam. The idea comes from a graduate student in agriculture for the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
It was found that the waste finer fibers are a perfect feed-stock for nano-crystalline cellulose. It requires low energy and chemical input which can eventually be used to make composite foams. A furan resin is added to the bio-foam to make them sturdier which should be a cool alternative to the usual foams we already have in the market.
The foam is conventionally manufactured using oil-based polymers such as polyurethane, polystyrene, polyvinyl chloride (PVC) and polyethylene terephthalate (PET). This new discovery should be a great one, considering it is another waste turned into gold opportunity.