Sustainability in a Nutshell: Why the USDA is Exploring Agricultural-Derived Composites

Lisa Pierce, executive editor of Packaging Digest, discusses Torrefied Almond Shell (TAS), a process whereby wasted biomass from almond shells is converted into a composite polymer filler that makes plastics heat-resistant, stronger and sustainable. Gain insights into the progress, challenges and opportunities in sustainable, agriculturally derived plastics and packaging that incorporate TAS and other biomass feedstocks, and USDA and partner efforts to make almond shells an economically viable feedstock for polymer composites with established technical standards.