Christmas trees recycle sustainable

Christmas trees end up after the holidays, mostly to landfills, where they emit when left to Rot large quantities of greenhouse gas. A PhD student at the University of Sheffield in the UK has developed a method, with the help of the Christmas trees to turn colors and sugar, instead of ending up as garbage.

Heat and glycol, an environmentally friendly and inexpensive solvent that’s all it takes to make it to pine needles on an industrial scale. They consist largely of Lignocellulose, which hinders the majority of industrial processes and the production of energy from biomass. Cynthia Kartey, a PhD student at the Institute for chemical and bioengineering at the University of Sheffield, has developed a process, with the pine needles in biorefineries is relatively easy in Bio-Oil and Bio-coal can be taken apart.

The Bio-Oil contains glucose, acetic acid and Phenol – Chemicals used in many industries, for example, as a sweetener, vinegar, or for the manufacture of paints and adhesives. Also, the Bio-coal can be used in industrial chemical processes.

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If Christmas trees and in this way it would be processed in a large scale, could replace the products and less sustainable chemicals that are currently used in the industry, and the amount of landfilled biomass-would reduce waste.

Cynthia believes in your procedure: "In the future, the tree that decorated your home over the festive season could be transformed, in color, to decorate her house again." Dr. James McGregor, a lecturer at the Institute for chemical and bioengineering, thinks in the future: "The use of biomass from plants for the production of fuels and chemicals currently manufactured from fossil resources, will play a key role in the future global economy."


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