Science & Technology
Plastic to be made from chicken feathers
By T.K. Randall
April 3, 2011 · 5 comments
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Researchers have devised a way to produce environmentally friendly plastic from chicken feathers.
Feathers aren't in short supply, several million tonnes of them are thrown out every year. Using them to produce plastics would be a significant improvement over more conventional methods that use a lot more petroleum-derived materials.
Feathers, like hair and fingernails, are made up principally of the tough and chemically stable protein keratin, and can lend strength while reducing weight in the mixtures of plastics chemicals known as composites.
Source: BBC News
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