Corn, rice, cashews — with a growing number of composite substrates being developed from more than just wood products, pretty soon, we’ll literally be able to eat ourselves out of house and home.

Panel Products You Can Sink Your Teeth IntoEarlier this month, Managing Editor Michaelle Bradford reported on a strategic relationship between retail display maker Universal Display & Fixtures Co. and Corn Board Mfg. Inc.. to develop home organization panel products made from CornBoard, a product consisting of corn stover and resin, though the company does not specify what type of resin.

Another new product on the market is Double green Huskboards, made from rice husks and cashew nut shell liquid — though it is unclear if the cashew nut shell liquid is the binder in the mix ( The company, Nhaque out in Vietnam, says its “eco-wood” is 100% tree free and can be used for indoor as well as outdoor products, including kitchen cabinets, bath cabinets, countertops, doors and floor boards.

While panel made from agricultural products is not a new development, it is interesting to see the evolution that has taken place in just a few years. And with the increased competition these days for wood chips, etc., I can only wonder where we will go from here.

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