Today’s Solutions: December 06, 2023

Popcorn is more than just a tasty snack to munch on while at the movies—it may soon be widely used as a natural and eco-friendly alternative to man made home insulation.

Scientists at Göttingen University in Germany have discovered that popcorn insulation boards had “excellent thermal insulation properties and good protection against fire.”

This is a valuable benefit as traditional manmade insulation is quite flammable, which makes it more likely for a fire to spread rapidly and fatally. Replacing traditional insulation with popcorn could help us avoid tragedies like the 2017 Grenfell Tower fire that killed 72 people in the blaze.

Furthermore, most home insulation is made out of plastic, and its production generates harmful carbon emissions. On the other hand, the team behind the popcorn insulation says that “the great advantage of this granular material is that it is a plant-based, environmentally friendly, and… sustainable alternative to the products derived from petroleum currently used in the industry.”

It is yet to be seen how durable the popcorn boards are compared to insulation that is already in use, and whether it will attract hungry wildlife, but even so, Göttingen University has already signed a license agreement with building materials company Bachl Group for the popcorn insulation production process.

According to Professor Alireza Kharazipour, head of the team that created the popcorn boards, “this new process, based on that of the plastics industry, enables the cost-effective production of insulation boards at an industrial scale. Especially in the field of insulation in construction, this ensures that natural insulation materials are no longer just niche products.”

Solutions News Source Print this article
More of Today's Solutions

Cultivating climate resilience at COP28: 7 game-changing food and agriculture...

The convergence of global pressures, such as climate change and the mounting demands of a fast-growing population, has shone a bright light on agriculture's ...

Read More

4 science-backed strategies to reduce risk of heart failure

Your heart, a powerhouse organ, performs a monumental task daily, pumping gallons of blood throughout your body. However, if this critical organ fails, it ...

Read More

How to change people’s minds without triggering a negative response

People don’t like being told what to do. There’s even a word for it: reactance. “Psychological reactance is a negative emotional state that we feel ...

Read More

Enjoy these 4 health benefits when you eat figs

Taking a bite into a ripe fresh fig is one of nature’s finest taste experiences. Your tongue will recognize flavors reminiscent of honey and ...

Read More