with eyes open wide
Simple brilliance is what I would call this. Take a material that is traditionally thrown out, and use it to create a new business AND end up reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the process. Incredible work, Trang Tran!
She saw opportunity where others saw waste. Farmers typically slice and burn the rice husks after every harvest, which releases noxious chemicals into the atmosphere. Trang decided to make straw bales with the husks and grow mushrooms, now providing an outlet for the rice husks to be “disposed of” and an extra way to make money for these farmers during the off season.