I’m sure there’s a hitch

TECNARO GmbH – Arboform principles

By mixing specific types of lignin with natural fibres from wood, flax, hemp, sisal or other fibrous plants and natural additives a composition is produced which can be processed at raised temperatures. This material is made into mouldings, sections or panels on conventional plastics processing machines in just the same way as a petrochemical thermoplastic material.

Various news stories quote competing researchers saying they didn’t think it could be done, but that’s pretty much Rice-Davies’s Law in action. Nothing a priori against it. (Also a reminder not to let your wooden structures get too hot, because lignin loses strength at high temperature.)

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