UO student sees promise in wood pulp

UO student sees promise in wood pulp

University of Oregon student Zander Eckblad was awarded second place in an Oregon BEST contest to develop nontoxic building products.

The goal of the contest, which began this year, is to find ideas with the potential to be commercially viable, according to the organizers, the Oregon Built Environment & Sustainable Technologies Center and the Oregon-based International Living Future Institute.

“Right now it’s pretty heavily researched, but there are no products using it,” Eckblad said. “This insulation material is just the first glance kind of thing. This is just a look at what is possible with this material. ... It’s cheap, it’s lightweight and 100 percent sustainable and plays off Oregon’s industries.”

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