Principle One- Prevent Waste
Richard Wool, director of the Affordable Composites from Renewable Sources (ACRES) program at the University of Delaware, found a way to use chicken feathers to make computer chips, seeing as the poultry industry leaves behinds 3 billion pounds of waste feathers in the US each year. The protein in the feathers was used to make a fibre and resulted in feather based, printed circuit board that is twice the speed of traditional circuit boards.
Richard Wool's Chicken Chips have many benefits to both the environment and businesses including:
- Lower potential for global warming, ozone depletion, and smog formation due to less production of carbon dioxide
- Less chemical disruption of ecosystems from less use of fossil fuels
- Less use of landfills, especially hazardous waste landfills from less waste being produced
- Higher yields for chemical reactions, using smaller amounts of feedstock to produce the same amount of product
- Reduced waste, eliminating costs associated with hazardous waste disposal
- Better performance as it is twice as fast as traditional chips
- Reduced manufacturing plant size or carbon footprint through reduced waste and pollution
- Improved competitiveness of manufacturers as there product is environmentally friendly and may be ore appealing to customers
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