Feathers Pressed Into Service

The U.S. Agricultural Research Service (ARS) has successfully introduced poultry to the world of automotive production. ARS's new technology allows chicken feathers to be processed into a light plastic substance similar to fiberglass, which is durable enough to replace existing heavier materials in cars and trucks. Applications include biodegradable trim panels, sound-insulated headliners and woven

The U.S. Agricultural Research Service (ARS) has successfully introduced poultry to the world of automotive production.

ARS's new technology allows chicken feathers to be processed into a light plastic substance similar to fiberglass, which is durable enough to replace existing heavier materials in cars and trucks.

Applications include biodegradable trim panels, sound-insulated headliners and woven seat covers.

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