According to the nonprofit Soil Association, rivers in the UK are “at risk of becoming dead zones depleted of wildlife” due to dumped waste from poultry factories. It notes that the River Wye – the UK’s fourth-longest river – is experiencing damaging agal blooms due to phosphate pollution from the “discarded muck” of at least 20 million chickens, and is now at the center of a lawsuit.

Kera is in the process of securing the Novel Foods EU Certification, so that its products can be legally sold at a large scale. The process can take years, though exceptions have been made for certain sustainable innovations, says Kittibanthorn.

“Kera’s business model could be considered as a sustainable waste management company,” he adds. “We hope to revolutionize the way people view chicken feathers, demonstrating their potential as a valuable resource rather than just a dirty by-product.”

What products are made from chicken feathers?

Poultry feathers – What can they be used for?
  • Pillow stuffing.
  • Diapers.
  • Insulation.
  • Upholstery padding.
  • Paper.
  • Plastics.
  • Feather meal.