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Sustainable floors…from cow manure? March 19, 2007

Filed under: General,Green home — Anca Novacovici, Eco-Coach Inc. @ 10:34 pm

There are many options out there for alternative, sustainable flooring, but this is the first I’ve heard of cow manure as flooring! Researchers at Michigan State University and the U.S. Department of Agriculture say that ‘fiber from processed and sterilized cow manure could take the place of sawdust in fiberboard, which is used to make everything from furniture to flooring to store shelves’.

Apparently, in the initial tests, fiberboard made with the manure matched or beat the quality of wood-based products. It’s a modern version of an old construction practice, where manure was used for walls, floors and as roof binder, so it’s nice to think it might come back again, in ‘cleaner’ form.  I’d be willing to give it a try, if it doesn’t smell, and even better if they got rid of the chemical resins as binding agents!


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