Plastic From
Chicory Waste

MILK MaterialLab Chicorée Hochschule Hohenheim
MILK MaterialLab Chicorée Hochschule Heidenheim

Chicory Plastic

Chicory is known as a salad, not so much as a raw material for plastics. The root of the plant usually ends up in the composting plant. Only a fraction is used to produce biogas from it. Researchers at the University of Hohenheim have discovered the chicory root as a resource for obtaining hydroxymethylfurfural (HMF), one of the basic substances for nylon, polyester or perlon. The platform chemical is considered to be one of the twelve most important basic chemicals in the plastics industry, which was previously derived from petroleum. This makes chicory interesting not only as a salad, but could also serve as a raw material for food packaging.

Product Name: Plastic bottles from chicory waste
Manufacturer: University of Hohenheim
Project Status: Concept // Prototype // Market Ready // Series Production Ready

Source: Peters, Sascha; Drewes, Diana: Materials in Progress. Innovations for Designers and Architects, Basel 2019, p. 45.
Image source: University of Hohenheim