Success story overview

08 October 2018

Thousands of soiled nappies that were destined to clog Italian landfill sites or incinerators are being redirected to a recycling plant that is turning them into streams of high quality raw materials, in a new process that it is hoped will be replicated around Europe.

08 October 2018

Every single minute a truck's worth of plastic enters our oceans, and this waste doesn't just stay in our water, it goes into seafood, our salt, it is even found in melting Arctic ice. And this does not even consider the plastic buried in landfills and other disposal sites. It is clear that businesses must go further and faster to tackle the plastics crisis. And yes, we have seen some major progress with the use of alternative materials, biodegradability and recycling in lowering our domestic environmental footprint.

24 September 2018

Everyone knows that eating fresh fish is good for us. But by only eating the fillets, and discarding the by-products, such as heads, skin and backbones, we miss out on many valuable nutrients that can benefit our health and fitness. 

BBI JU AQUABIOPRO-FIT project: Bringing fish heads and bones back to the dinner table
27 July 2018

Wastewater treatment and reuse is not new, and knowledge on this topic has evolved and advanced throughout the human history. Since prehistoric civilisations have been capable of reusing untreated municipal wastewater, especially for the land application, wastewater treatment became a common practice within all human settlements. The process has been optimised due to a growing understanding of the issue and the development of treatment technologies. Since industrial advancement occurred, waste production from industries has deeply affected our society. 

BBI JU AFTERLIFE project: Recovery and valorisation of wastewater fractions for a circular economy
12 June 2018

The BBI JU's project, FRESH, has developed game-changing food packaging material that is rapidly biodegradable. The material is a means to replace the plastic packing used for ready meals and reduce pollution.

Bio-based, biodegradable packaging for convenience foods
24 May 2018

How can we use agricultural and food-processing waste to create useful products for a sustainable Europe?

BBI JU AGRIMAX project: From agricultural and food-processing waste to bio-products
19 March 2018

Among the many positives of bio-based chemicals and feedstock production is that they often use materials that would otherwise be put to waste, fulfilling a vital aspect of the circular economy. In order to make this process as sustainable as possible, it's necessary to make use of resources that are close by. Being forced to ship materials over large distances certainly adds cost and crucially, from a bio-perspective, it can also massively reduce the sustainability of an entire project.

BBI JU AgriChemWhey project: Converting dairy by-products into high value bio-based chemicals
15 January 2018

As any parent will tell you, babies use a lot of nappies (diapers) and as the father of a 12 week old, I am now learning directly about the large amount of waste that even a very small baby produces! It is estimated that a child will use between 4,000 and 6,000 nappies and in the UK alone about eight million are thrown away each day, accounting for about three per cent of total household waste.

BBI JU EMBRACED project: Moving Europe’s mountain of nappies from landfill to helping create useful bio-based products
18 December 2017

A consortium made up of companies, research institutes and consultants has embarked upon an ambitious flagship project to introduce a plant-based cellulose ten-times as strong as steel into widespread use that could one day replace fossil fuel-based alternatives.

BBI JU Exilva project: Maximising the commercial potential of super-strong microfibrillated cellulose
21 November 2017

One of the many joys about writing about the business of bio-based is learning more about the varied uses of feedstock. Before speaking to Gerald van Engelen and Harry Raaijmakers of agro-industrial cooperative Royal Cosun, who head up the Bio-based Industries Joint Undertakings (BBI JU’s) demonstration project, PULP2VALUE, I would have said that sugar beet pulp, when added to hay, was a great winter feedstock for horses, but would have struggled to name other uses.

BBI JU PULP2VALUE project: Extracting high value products from sugar beet pulp