Wood Substitute Made From Corn Waste

The University of Illinois has created a material that could replace fiberboard and plywood.

Lisa Baldini
Lisa Baldini on October 14, 2010.

Byproducts are often problematic. Recently, we reported on how the nitrous oxide byproduct of human waste is being explored as an alternative fuel for rocket thrusters. In another attempt to think of maximizing the total product and by-product of any process, University of Illinois researchers have developed a fiber board alternative comprised of corn stover. Inhabitat reports:

it is important to known that CornBoard is made from corn stover (corn husks and stalks), a byproduct that is generally left to decompose after harvest, in turn releasing more CO2 into the atmosphere.

The US has a major corn growing industry, and as such it produces a large amount of corn stover byproduct. In fact, it is estimated that for each acre of corn sown, 4,000 lbs of corn stover is left in the field afterwards. This is a huge amount when you consider that 86 million acres of corn are grown in the US each year.

The CornBoard is reported to be recyclable, and can be used in applications from housing construction to furniture making.

University of Illinois

[via: Inhabitat]

TOPICS: Design & Architecture, Environmental / Green
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Lisa Baldini is a regular contributor to As a student of Graham Harwood, Luciana Parisi, and Matthew Fuller, Lisa's interest in technology lies in how culture is changed from the bottom up through history, materiality, databases, user experience, and affective computing. A student of social media marketing, she sees how people try to engage consumers through technology and how much failure is at hand by misunderstanding the medium. A teacher at heart, she writes and curates in an effort to link the knowledge derived between the academic, art, and business worlds.