Success story overview

24 May 2018

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

06 October 2017

The BBI JU's project, First2Run, uses marginal land and hardy native plants to produce valuable chemicals for the possible manufacture of a range of products including cosmetics and bioplastics. The goal is to harness the potential of local areas and build a sustainable, profitable and job-creating value chain.

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