RECYCLED nappy materials collected from a pilot municipal programme in California are being used to manufacture shoe insoles. The project launched in Santa Clarita, is the first such scheme in the United States. The six-month endeavour will include 500 families, who volunteer their used nappies in marked bags that are collected weekly. Canadian company Knowaste developed the technology to turn recycled nappy fibre into a shoe manufacturing material, and has established similar programmes in Ontario and Holland.

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