Iowa Public Television



posted on May 3, 2002

The farmer in the Dell...

Fossil fuel based polystyrene may have competition from plants. Researchers are attempting to use rice and wheat straw in the manufacture of shock-absorbent packaging. The high cellulose content fibers are mixed with water, clays and starches to form a slurry that can be molded into polystyrene-like packaging.

Tests are underway to lower the cost of processing the straw into pulp. If the bio-packaging becomes economical, it could be used to ship computers, electronics and other bump-sensitive goods.


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