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Week of biobased building materials

Week of biobased building materials

Last week the first theme week was organized in The Netherlands by Greenport West Holland on behalf of the project BioBoost for the awareness campaign "More profit, less waste! ' Participants in the tour at the Innovation Center for Sustainable Building (ICDuBo) and at the mini-conference 'Horticulture Residues and biobased building materials" were informed about the use of residues for biobased building materials and the opportunities for the Greenport.

 

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BioBoost movie: More profit, less waste!

BioBoost movie: More profit, less waste!

With this slogan, the BioBoost campaign has been launched to increase the awareness that much more is possible with the green residuals of the horticultural industry and is shown in the BioBoost movie!

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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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