Prairie Grass one of the crops being used to make paper at the University of Illinois
A project called The Fresh Press at The University of Illinois is putting agricultural waste to good use and helping the college save paper. The project is run by two professors and two research assistants.
The team gathers waste from various sources, including the on-campus Sustainable Student Farm. Then, the waste is chipped, soaked, cooked, mixed, screened and pressed into paper. Various projects on campus have made use of the paper produced by the team, and some of their handmade papers are now being used by the university's Book Arts Co-op club.
Funded by the university, The Fresh Press is making good use of waste, protecting trees and spreading an important environmental message. Way to go, U of I!
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