MDF is one of the most commonly used materials in furniture, but two London-based designers and a biochemist are hoping to replace MDF with their new material, called Chip[s] Board. Created using potato peel waste from chip factories, this new material may not be as strong as MDF, but it also doesn't use any of the harmful materials used in the production of MDF.
Chip[s] Board was first developed through trial and error but was eventually perfected when the biochemist joined the designers. The new material primarily makes use of potato peelings refined in a proprietary process as a binding agent. This binding agent is then mixed with bamboo, recycled wood, beer hops, and unrefined potato skins. This mixture is then subjected to the same manufacturing process as MDF, which makes it strong enough to make furniture or be used in construction.