What goes around, comes around - so it is said.
Well, according to a recent article in New Scientist, a substance from wood pulp, in the form of nanocrystalline-cellulose can be used to make superstrong, lightweight and fairly cheap products.
It is obvious that surfboards could be the first products to benefit from this revolutionary material.
Strong, cheap, transparent, non-toxic, made from waste products .... its too good to be true.
The article is linked here: http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg21528786.100-why-wood-pulp-is-worlds-new-wonder-material.html
Production of NCC starts with "purified" wood, which has had compounds such as lignin and hemicellulose removed. It is then milled into a pulp and hydrolysed in acid to remove impurities before being separated and concentrated as crystals into a thick paste that can be applied to surfaces as a laminate or processed into strands, forming nanofibrils. These are hard, dense and tough, and can be forced into different shapes and sizes. When freeze-dried, the material is lightweight, absorbent and good at insulating.
Thanks for your interest.