Your browser may block some cookies by default. By clicking, you agree to allow our advertising partners to place their cookies and serve you more relevant ads. Visit our privacy policy page to view our privacy policy or opt-out.
almonds-768699_1280-1521580481935.jpg
Source: pixabay

This Lab Is Transforming Leftover Almond Shells Into Power, Plastic, And Beer

By Brian Spaen

Have you noticed a rise in almond-based products in recent years? That’s because word has spread on their healthy benefits and they satisfy demand with gluten-free and lactose-free alternatives. However, the rapid rise in production has created massive hull waste, and that’s led to experimenting it with products such as beer and plastic.

Almond production has been holding steady at around 2 billion pounds per year in California since 2011. Prior to 2002, that number never hit a billion, and it’s only been under that mark once since that time. The industry peaked in value back in 2014, but Chinese demand and currency made that number drop, along with severe California drought conditions.