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Eco-friendly materials ready to replace everything, Waikato University professor says

Submitted by Norm on Sun, 10/15/2017 - 09:04

"We want to grow hemp - as far as the composite goes, there are a lot of applications there. Anything with glass fibre in it, we could be replacing that."

Glass fibres are thin, silica fibre strands that insulation materials such as Pink Batts are made out of. 

It would be easy to replace plastic in sports equipment, too - Pickering has a skateboard in her office that a fourth-year student made out hemp. 

"What's stopping us now? The technology is there." 

The stumbling block is money - the products are not commercially viable.