ASU Biosciences Helps Attract Nice Pak

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) -- In addition to 300 jobs and a 40 million dollar investment, Nice Pak brings environmentally friendly plans now and for the future, and ASU will be a part of those plans.

"They were very interested in what we would be able to bring to them scientifically. We're really excited about having them here and bringing us new problems that we can apply our skills to, said Dr. Elizabeth Hood.

Nice Pak makes pre-moistened wipes many of us have in our homes.

Professor of Agriculture at ASU, Dr. Elizabeth Hood says Nice Pak manufactures these wipes out of cellulose material. That cellulose is part of a plant body.  The wipes are essentially cellulose with a binder that holds the fibers together.

"We're hoping that we can find some more biological ways of binding their fibers so that we can help them lower their chemical footprint," said Hood.

Hood says environmental pollutions from industries is a problem worldwide. She says during her whole scientific career, she has worked on projects that would bring more environmentally friendly solutions to industries.

"One of the ways we can do that is by finding biological catalysts instead of chemical catalysts that can be used in various industrial applications," said Hood.