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EU ban on disposable plastic: an opportunity for biobased products: Less single-use plastic wrapping of vegetables and fruit

EU ban on disposable plastic: an opportunity for biobased products: Less single-use plastic wrapping of vegetables and fruit

The European Parliament agreed on 21 May of this year to ban disposable plastic. Plastic disposable cutlery, straws and cotton buds are forbidden from 2021, as well as certain types of plastic packaging material. Also, Member States must collect  90 percent of all plastic bottles in 2029 and they should consist for 30% out of recycled material. Member States have to reduce the use of other disposable products, such as plastic cups, in other ways.

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Spent grain balls of VIVES on city festival “Delicious Bruges“

Spent grain balls of VIVES on city festival “Delicious Bruges“

Delicious Bruges is a city festival around fair and sustainable food. During this festival Pas Partout served balls of spent grain developed by VIVES. This is a smaller version of the spent grain burger developed within the BioBoost project. Spent grain is what remains after beer production. Pass Partout helps persons with an employment program for persons with reduced opportunities on the regular labour market via SOBO.

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Record yield of eggs Black Soldier Fly thanks to new breeding cages

Record yield of eggs Black Soldier Fly thanks to new breeding cages

Last year Inagro renewed the concept of breeding nets for the black soldiers flies to upscale the cultivation of black soldier flies to a semi-industrial level. They continued to perform research to further optimize the cultivation and the design is again adjusted. Meanwhile, the cages are made from more durable and hygienic material. The flies feel well in their new environment. At this moment the record is on 33 mg eggs per female!

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More profit, less waste!

More profit, less waste!

With this slogan, a BioBoost campaign has been launched to increase the awareness that much more is possible with the green residuals of the horticultural industry. Various activities are organised by the project partners in the participating horticultural regions in Belgium, the Netherlands and in the UK. The campaign lasts until the end of 2019.

Why?
The horticulture produces large quantities of 'green waste', such as stems and leaves, as well as unmarketable fruit and vegetables. This is now thrown away, composted or converted to green biogas. But also high-grade applications are possible. We are at the beginning with that, but more and more becomes possible. The campaign pays attention to this and brings beautiful examples to the spotlight.

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A handbag made of apples and pears?

A handbag made of apples and pears?

Soon this can be a reality. Belgian BioBoost Partner ILVO will participate in project APPEAL that investigates how to make leather from fruit residuals. It doesn’t taste good, but it is durable and completely environmentally friendly!

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BioBoost stand popular at 2 Seas Mid-Term event

BioBoost stand popular at 2 Seas Mid-Term event

On 25 and 26 April the Interreg 2 Seas  Mid-Term event was held in Gent (Belgium). Almost all projects in progress were present at the project market. Many of the 400 participants visited our stand. They had a lot of questions regarding the reuse of horticultural residues and enthusiastically tasted the cookies and burgers made of spent grain that remains after beer production.

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Report ‘Stabilisation Methods and Techniques’

Report ‘Stabilisation Methods and Techniques’

The BioBoost partnership has published a report about the results of the tests with methods and techniques to stabilise residual horticultural biomass fractions. In the report stabilisation with thermal treatments, cooling techniques, fermentation and drying methods is evaluated.

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BioBoost ‘Inventory’ ready

BioBoost ‘Inventory’ ready

The BioBoost partnership has published a document that gives an insight into the three regions involved in their project: Flanders region around Roeselare (Belgium), Westland region (Netherlands) and Lea Valley (UK) with additional reference to Kent. The inventory considers the meaning of a circular and bio-economy for horticulture and describes these key regions, its main crops, by-products and waste streams from the horticultural industry.

The aim of the inventory is to provide a joint basis for the partnership to shape effective actions and stimulate a more circular bio-economy for horticulture; initially in these regions, but ultimately across the country more widely. The inventory serves as input for strategies and approaches that will be developed later in the project. The inventory should also be interesting for anyone with an interest in the horticultural industry.

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