VIDEO: Shellac, its origins and current industry challenges

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Shellac is wonder substance that with the right knowhow can render lustrous surfaces on wood. It’s been used to seal and beautify wood for thousands of years – and its uses don’t end there, as it can also be found in jewellery and even as a glaze on nuts, fruits and the humble jelly bean.

In terms of being a natural organic substance it doesn’t get much more elemental – shellac is a natural resin which comes from the lac beetle.

Here’s a fascinating video from Business Insider that recounts the origins of shellac; how it is harvested and processed, as well as detailing some of the challenges that the industry of producing it for commercial use faces.

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