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Banana leaves protect potatoes and sponges made from pollen absorb oil.

Now, an Indian startup founded by siblings is making compostable packaging from farm stubble. Their newly developed technology splits the stubble into different fibres.

Making cellulose that can be used to produce paper and particle board as well as lignin, which serves as a binding agent.

Any resulting compost is sent back to farmers for reuse. The latter also benefit from the sale of their crop residues, which would otherwise be burned.

Smog levels are thus reduced – likewise an aim of this initiative. Soon the startup will manufacture furniture from a self-produced formaldehyde-free chipboard, reducing the need to import wood.

Sawdust, of course, has just as much potential.

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