The innovators: greener home insulation to feather your nest

The air-trapping properties of feathers – a by-product of poultry farming that often goes straight to landfill – are being put to use by students

The ability of chickens to stay warm in winter has inspired a new energy-efficient home insulation product developed by students at Imperial College London.

Around 900m chickens are slaughtered each year by the poultry industry, producing 2,000 tonnes of feather waste a week, most of which ends up in landfill or goes through an energy-intensive process to be made into animal feed. But what else could be done with it?

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from Sustainable development | The Guardian

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