All posts for Topic “Waste products”

Natural Packaging for Natural Products

Vegetables as packaging – While all over the world new materials are being developed to replace plastic packaging in the fight against environmental pollution, the Uzbek agency Synthesis creative lab has gone its own way – and taken inspiration from the country’s history. For centuries, hollowed-out, dried fruits of the langeria, a plant of the cucurbit family, have[...]

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BioORMOCER®

Sustainable multifunctional barrier coatings – The Fraunhofer Institute for Silicate Research ISC is developing sustainable multifunctional barrier coatings for easily recyclable, bio-based or compostable packaging: BioORMOCER® is a bio-based, compostable coating using residual materials from food production or other biological waste streams. This coating has very good barrier properties against water vapor, oxygen, aromas and plasticizers. The coating is[...]

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Marine bottle

PET bottle with marine plastic content – Coca-Cola introduces the first beverage bottle to contain plastic waste from beaches and the ocean. This bottle is only a sample for now – currently no retail sale is planned. But this is the first time marine plastic has been successfully recycled into a food-grade bottle. The proportion of this material in the finished[...]

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CHAMU Tea packaging

Packaging made from by-products of tea cultivation – The CHAMU material innovation was developed at Kyushu University in Fukuoka, in the tea country of Japan. The name of the newly developed material already hints at both the basic material and its future purpose, as CHAMU is made up of the Chinese phonetic spelling for tea and wood. The stalks, which are a[...]

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Arekapak

Outer packaging from palm leaves – On a study trip to India, Arekapak’s founders experienced firsthand the environmental impact of the packaging industry – huge piles of garbage mar the country’s beauty. Thus, the urge arose to counteract this deplorable state of affairs with fully circular packaging, while at the same time strengthening the local economy. The first prototypes were[...]

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Packwise

Sustainable disposable packaging for food – PACKWISE is an Australian family-owned company specializing in sustainable cups, boxes and other disposable food packaging. The manufacturer goes a step further with the GeoWise product line, introducing a line of compostable packaging: GeoCups, GeoLids, GeoBoxes, GeoBags, GeoTrays, GeoColdcups and GeoStraws. The stand-up GeoBag stands out because it is fully compostable, including the zip-lock[...]

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Bioodi

Takeaway packaging made from renewable raw materials – If you’re looking for sustainable alternatives to common disposable packaging, Bioodi is the place to go. For more than a decade, the store has already included sustainable takeaway packaging made from sugar cane production waste in its range. Meanwhile, the range includes a wide selection of products made from other bio-based materials such as[...]

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Organic disposable tableware

Organic disposable food packaging – The store offers a consistently sustainable range of organic disposable food packaging. Many raw materials come from high-quality natural by-products or waste products such as sugar cane fibers or fallen palm leaves, which the manufacturer processes sensibly. Also on offer are products made of bioplastic (PLA) and FSC-certified cardboard – sustainably produced and biodegradable.[...]

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Crush Paper by Favini

Recycled environmentally friendly paper – Crush by Favini is an environmentally friendly paper series, which is produced entirely with green energy. 40% of the paper is post-consumer waste, which is recycled and added to the material. Organic residues from nuts or fruits are used to reduce waste and give by-products another function. Crush is FSC®-certified and available as a[...]

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HAY! Straws

Sustainable straws – The special feature of the compostable HAY! Straw wheat straws is their gluten tolerance. The bio-based grain is cut into length, rinsed several times with sterile water and thus preserved. At no time does the genetically unmodified plant come into contact with glyphosate or other chemicals. Many small Dutch farmers supply the company with[...]

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Smart Materials – Bioplastics

Bioplastic from food scraps – The “Smart Materials” research team at the Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia in Genoa uses food scraps to make a bioplastic. To do this, they studied plant waste products such as cocoa pod shells, rice husks, and vegetables that were pulverized for use in vegetable drinks and colored pasta. Depending on the properties of the[...]

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Gone

Compostable disposable packaging – As a result of the environmental impact following sporting events, Lizzie Wright developed the concept of “Gone.” She was looking for a solution that would replace the plastic packaging of energy gels while being biodegradable. After consumption, athletes can throw “Gone” on the street or in nature without polluting it. The material, which consists[...]

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