Plastic boosts straw options
FINDING alternative uses for straw could get a significant boost, following experiments by engineering consultant John Wood.
He has found that the cellulose content of cereal straw enables it to homogenise with certain synthetic raw materials widely used in the plastics industry. Used as a reinforcing agent, Mr Wood claims straw gives added strength to polypropylene and polyethylene, extending their scope for use in electrical and automotive applications.
Under the brand name Stemform, he has set up a limited company to develop and market these hybrid products to the plastics industry.