Professor Andrew Abbott of the University of Leicester in the United Kingdom recently developed a way to make a recyclable wood product similar to MDF that doesn’t use typical resins. Instead, the boards are held together using starch from sources like potatoes. For his work, Professor Abbott won the Royal Society Brian Mercer Award for Innovation to help turn his findings into a marketable product.

MDF is frequently used in the retail sector in display units and other items made for short-term use. If MDF were manufactured using safe, natural resins, this material could be recycled or composted, according to a statement from the University of Leicester. The U.K. alone produces almost 1 million tons of this material annually, so these innovations could help keep a significant amount of waste out of landfills.

The next step for Professor Abbott’s team is to develop a system for producing this new MDF on a larger scale so industries that regularly use the material can have more eco-friendly options.

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Date: 2014-02-27

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