A company started by six Mount Allison students sees a place for potato peels in furniture, flooring and ceiling tiles.
Enviroot's goal is to reduce waste by using food remains, especially potato peelings, to make a safe material for use in the home.
The company received a national business prize of $20,000 from Enactus Canada, a student-led entrepreneurial organization, and the McCain Social Enterprise Project Partnership to get the project going this summer.
"We use the potato peels that we get from McCain Foods here in New Brunswick in our particle board as a kind of filler," said Justin Trueman, Enviroot CEO and fourth-year biology student.
The potato peels are plasticized by melting them a little bit, and a bond between the potato peels' particles is created.
This allows them to bind products together without need of formaldehyde, which is the glues of some household furnishings, walls and stairs made from composite wood materials. READ MORE
Students try to give lowly potato peel a future in furniture
Enviroot, made up of six Mount Allison University students, gives food waste a purpose
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