Waste recycling

Waste recycling is a hot topic and quite rightly. As regular readers will know I have an environmental science degree and have always been interested in environmental matters. So I have decided this year I am going to do a series of posts on the environment including tips and interesting articles I find. I’ve created a new recycling, environment category which also includes previous posts I have written on the subject.

Industrial Waste Recycling

With regards to waste recycling as well as individuals doing their bit, it is very important that industry does too. I just hope that scientists and innovators can help this process. One such company called Biohm is making a start by creating Mycelium insulation. This is a biodegradable construction product using waste materials direct from industry and fungi. The Guardian has a good article about it:

A biotech startup is researching building materials that could revolutionise construction. Not only are they biodegradable – some also absorb toxins

Can you build a house out of this? (from left) pure mycelium cultures at the Biohm lab; hemp shiv; and a mycelium puck for testing colour, strength and texture.

Can you build a house out of this? (from left) pure mycelium cultures at the Biohm lab; hemp shiv; and a mycelium puck for testing colour, strength and texture. Photograph: Alicia Canter/The Guardian

Cocoa husks, dried orange peel, ground blue pea flowers: the ingredients read like a tasting menu. They are, in fact, waste products that are used to make Orb – a sustainable building material that is carbon neutral. It’s versatile enough to be used for furniture or as a substitute for a wood-based sheet material – Continue reading here

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