Cane bales are the latest products to be targeted by a new strain of terror.
While some fear the products might be banned, others are just as alarmed.
“The use of cotton bales has been increasing and is now a regular part of the landscape,” said Daniel Yochai, a security consultant and founder of YochAI.
“There is a growing fear that the cotton bale will be used for other purposes.”
Yochai is referring to the growing concern over the use of bales in building materials and in other products.
While the idea of the bale being used as a form of material recycling was first suggested by security experts in the past, there is now widespread public debate about the dangers of using them.
In 2016, a group of researchers, led by Yochi, published a paper titled “Why Cotton Bales are so Bad for the Environment,” which detailed the problems that come with using bales as materials.
It is unclear how much of the paper has been used to inform this new trend.
The paper, which was published in the journal of the International Federation of Engineering Education, said that bales degrade over time and are prone to collapse, which is why manufacturers often choose to use “litter boxes” to store the bales, which are made from straw, leaves and other materials.
While Yocha was not aware of any specific reports on bales used for recycling, his company, YochAme, offers a solution for those who want to use them.
The company’s website features several videos on how to recycle cotton bails, such as the one below.
The video demonstrates how to remove the plastic casing from a bale, which can then be recycled for reuse.
According to Yochais, the use a bales for the recycling process creates “benefits” for the environment, but the process also presents some challenges.
“The process requires some level of technical knowledge,” he told Al Jazeera.
“In a sense, the bails need to be washed, but there are also risks that the material might not be suitable for recycling and the material is used up too quickly.”
The bales must be washed twice before being reused, which means that people who are less skilled at the process have to use hand washing machines.
The solution Yochain is suggesting is a simple one.
It uses a special type of plastic which is easier to recycle than the ones typically used in bales.
The “superb plastic” is called the polyvinyl chloride (PVC) type.
The company claims that the plastic is not as hazardous as the PVC used in PVC pipes, and that its use means that it is less prone to cracking.
The materials are recycled from a single bin, and are then resold.
Yochay, who has since founded another company, Baui, to sell recycled bales to businesses, said the recycling of the material would make it a “green, environmentally friendly” product.
While this may seem like a promising solution, it is unclear whether it will work as well as other solutions, especially as the new terror threats emerge.
“I think the technology to recycle it is quite difficult,” Yochia said.
“Some companies do have this idea, but they are just not willing to do it.”