Eric Longley reports on the whiz kids from Russell who have invented biodegradable, edible hay wraps.
It’s one of the biggest environmental problems you’ve never heard of, billions of pounds of agricultural plastic being burned, buried, or sent to landfills.
But have no fear, the A.V.E.N.G.E.R.S. are working on it.
“It stands for A Very Energetic Nerdy Group of Environmentally Responsible Students,” explains Rachel Wood.
The A.V.E.N.G.E.R.S. is a team of grade 8 and 9 students at St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Russell, Ontario, south-east of Ottawa. They have come up with an eco-friendly alternative to the white plastic farmers use to wrap up hay bales.
They call it YAY Bale, an all-natural wrap that is biodegradable, even edible. It can be shredded and left on the field or mixed with livestock feed. “One of our main ingredients is corn fibers to make it more strong and durable,” says team member Rachel Fiset.