University of Washington makes paper from brewing waste

By Phoebe French
The Drinks Business
October 25, 2017
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

The Paper and Bioresource Science Centre at the University of Washington in Seattle has devised a way of making paper using spent grain left over from the brewing process. The centre is headed up by Kurt Haunreiter who encourages students to find alternative products to use in the paper making process, aside from the usual wood fibre. Haunreiter spent 25 years in the pulp and paper industry before joining the University of Washington three years ago. …“I was looking for ways to displace wood fibres with other agricultural residues/by-products to increase collaboration and to bring the paper side of our course work consistent with our mission. I also needed to have a product that would engage our students in their studies and produce a finished product for potential sale. Enter spent brewers’ grain”.

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