B.C. scientists and First Nation create decomposing 'biofoam' packaging from wood waste

University of British Columbia postdoctoral fellow Dr. Yeling Zhu shows samples of biodegradable foam in a Nov. 5 handout photo. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-UBC, Lou Bosshart)

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Styrofoam can take 500 years to decompose as it bloats landfills around the world, but new packing material called biofoam made of forestry waste can decompose in a matter of weeks, say scientists.

University of British Columbia researcher Feng Jiang says that's a potential environmental boon, because Styrofoam currently fills up to 30 per cent of landfills.

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Source: CBC News

 

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