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Plastic to be made from chicken feathers

April 3, 2011 | Comment icon 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 | Comments (5)

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Comment icon #1 Posted by Paracelse 12 years ago
Haliburton BP and others are gonna be p***ed if the use of plastic is diminished by 50%... does that mean the gas prices would go down... Nah.. didn't think so
Comment icon #2 Posted by vstar650ca 12 years ago
The PETA idiots will probably have another one of their famous naked protests over this
Comment icon #3 Posted by Realm 12 years ago
When they start making chicken from plastic is when I become a vegan.
Comment icon #4 Posted by mysterywoman11 12 years ago
Good plan Realm! Count me in on that as well.
Comment icon #5 Posted by :PsYKoTiC:BeHAvIoR: 12 years ago
The PETA idiots will probably have another one of their famous naked protests over this LOL! Well, the photos can potentially makes good calendar months.

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