A collaboration turns food waste into bioplastic for cosmetics

By: Gyarmati Orsolya Date: 2022. 03. 17. 08:50

In the US, food waste takes up more space in landfills than anything else. And a significant proportion of this waste happens even before it even reaches households.

Now, a new project is on a mission to tackle the issue. The project—named WASTE2FUNC—kicked off in June 2021 and will end in November 2024. Rather than being discarded, left to rot, or incinerated, food waste will be turned into bioplastics and biosurfactants for cosmetics and personal care products.

WASTE2FUNC explains that the platform will “decrease CO2 emissions by at least 20 per cent, increase value from waste two to ten fold and create jobs for the primary and downstream sector in Belgium and Europe.”

The project brings together 12 partners including research institutes (such as City University of Hong Kong and Ghent University), agricultural associations, SMEs, and large enterprises such as Croda, Evonik, and Ecover.


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