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Mushroom threads as a leather substitute

In 2021, the sporting goods manufacturer Adidas will launch shoes using a fabric made of mushroom threads instead of leather.


The pandemic as an opportunity for sustainability

The 13th German Sustainability Day was dominated by the corona crisis. In virtual forums, around 100 experts discussed the opportunities of the pandemic for a sustainable future.


GBS 2020

Bioeconomy as a global trend

The digital Global Bioeconomy Summit 2020 successfully started its two-day plenary program yesterday morning. More than 1,000 participants followed the livestream at times.


Rapid test for the germination capacity of seeds

A new method provides seed banks and breeders with results after only hours, without having to waste the tested seed.


Insect crackers for the market

The Berlin start-up Native Food is looking for investors on the crowdfunding platform Startnext to produce the first large batch of its insect crackers.



The chemical industry today is still primarily based on petroleum, a fossil raw material. Existing fully integrated modes of production have until now countered comprehensive structural transformation. The topic of sustainability, however, has become increasingly important, as a number of initiatives toward green chemistry have shown. Companies apply bio-based approaches above all when they save costs or improve product quality.

Sector: Chemistry


For thousands of years, medicinal herbs have helped to relieve illnesses. Nature, in addition, offers a huge selection of therapeutic agents that serve as basis for advanced medications. Increasingly, biotechnological processes are employed in the production of medication. These biopharmaceuticals have become indispensable in the therapy of widespread diseases such as cancer and diabetes.

Sector: Pharmacy

Mechanical engineering

Germany is one of the leading countries in mechanical engineering. Application of advanced machines, equipment and processes enables efficient and sustainable design of production processes – in all areas of industry and business. For further development of bioeconomy, innovations from mechanical engineering are key drivers.

Sector: Mechanical Engineering


For the textile industry, application of regenerative raw materials is a matter of daily routine. Plant fibres such as linen and cotton, as well as animal products such as wool, silk and leather – natural products are used in many textile areas. With regard to sustainability and resource efficiency, however, unconventional ideas are now being implemented. New high-tech fibres with previously unknown properties, for example, are now being produced from formerly discarded materials from the food and beverage industry.

Sector: textiles

Consumer goods

For cosmetics, washing agents and home appliances: bio-based processes find application in manufacture of a great number and variety of products used in everyday life. These processes make an important contribution to greater sustainability in industry and enable innovative products with novel properties for the consumer.


Food and beverage industry

The food and beverage industry plays a prominent role in bioeconomy. This industry processes raw agrarian materials to foods, beverages and animal fodder. Resource-conserving technologies help to manufacture healthy, high-value and safe products. For storage, preservation and transport of food and beverages, the bio-based economy also provides innovative processes.

Sector: Nutrition


In the form of firewood, fuel or biogas: a great diversity of energy media can be obtained from biomass. Bioenergy, as a regenerative energy form, is a key pillar in the energy mix of the future. Attention is now shifting to the efficient use of plant residue, in order to avoid competition with food production. Exploiting the potential of sustainably cultivated energy crops, and promoting innovative process technologies – these are important steps in the bioenergy sector.

Sector: Energy

Agriculture and forestry

Agriculture and forestry are two key pillars of bio-economy. Plant-based biomass, produced in meadows, fields and forests provides the foundation for a bio-based economy. Livestock, in turn, represent an essential resource for the supply of food. Recent research approaches and technologies will further advance sustainable developments in agriculture and forestry.

Sector: Agriculture and forestry


As raw materials for building, general construction materials, insulation and materials for interior finishing work: regenerative raw materials are appealing owing to their good material characteristics. They improve environmental balance sheets and are often more compatible with human health. Within this context, natural construction materials are increasingly interesting not only for new building, but also for restoration. In addition, there are now bio-based strategies for greater sustainability with conventional products in the construction sector as well – for example, concrete and asphalt. A constructive contribution to bioeconomy.

Sector: Construction

Automotive sector

The mobility of today would be hardly imaginable without the automobile. In view of climate change, sustainable mobility concepts are increasingly in demand. The automotive sector is one of the largest users of bioplastics and is otherwise also increasingly sympathetic for bio-based materials.omobilwirtschaft ist einer der größten Verwerter von Biokunststoffen und ist auch sonst zunehmend offen für biobasierte Materialien.

Branche: Automobil

Bioeconomy inside

Insulated packaging

As a sustainable alternative to the conventional insulation packaging made of polystyrene, straw enables to put an end to packaging waste in the parcel industry.


Food delivery is rising in popularity, especially since the Corona crisis, making sustainable packaging more important than ever.

Since when do delivery services bring groceries to the doorstep?

Unfortunately, that's wrong.

That's right!


Our skin has to withstand quite a lot - heat and sun, cold and dryness, stress and wrong or no care. All too often, the right protection is neglected. Instead of body lotion, nourishing clothing made from seaweed is now supposed to help.

Top aus VitadylanTM

Besides producing sustainable clothing, what else can components of the algae Ascophyllum nodosum be used for?

Unfortunately this is wrong.



Reinterpreting circular economy: A Zurich-based company brings plastic from the water into the water. This summer, one can bath in swimwear made from collected and recycled PET bottles.

Ein roter Badeanzug

Every year, 16.4 billion disposable PET bottles are used.

How many PET bottles are used per hour in Germany?

This is wrong.

Incredible but true!

Plant pot

Finally, the time has come. The days are getting longer, the sunbeams warmer. Spring has arrived and the garden season begins. However, only a few plants are sown directly into the open field.

Pflanztopf aus Hanf



How many plastic planters are produced daily in the EU?

Unfortunately, that's wrong.

That's correct.


Leather is a material with excellent properties. Nevertheless, the purchase of leather goods is controversial, because leather from conventional animal breeding is not only CO2-intensive, but also needs large amounts of chemicals for tanning.

Handtasche aus Apfelzesten

The skin of a bull weighs about 40 kg.

How many kilograms of chemicals are needed to turn animal skin into a robust, soft and durable leather?

Way too little!


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