Magic bugs make magic carpets

July 22, 2011 |

In Spain, researchers have developed an enzyme based biological technology for three Netherlands companies to manufacture carpets that are much lighter, sustainable, biodegradable, and 100% recyclable. At the end of their useful life, the carpets can be used as fertilizer or substrate for growing plants.

Tzanko Tzanov and his team focused on finding a way to replace the use of latex backing, by replacing it with a paste made ​​of natural phenolic compounds and oxidative enzymes that polymerize the paste. This process produces a powerful adhesive that creates the platform to which the fibers are attached.  The work was done for three Dutch companies; Bond Textile Research, Best Wool Carpets and James, who now own the four patents associated with the research.

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