As nitrogen fixers, lupins are great fertilisers for soil. Their seeds are rich in protein and can be used as an alternative source of protein in the food industry.
A smartphone falls to the ground and gets scratched across the display. Who doesn’t know this problem? Now the first mobile phone with a biobased plastic touchscreen has come on the market.
Lego bricks are still made of plastic, which consumes a lot of oil. However, there has been a recent change in thinking. In addition to manufacturing products from bio plastics, by-products accrued from the wood industry are gaining in importance as a basic raw material for toy manufacturers.
The bike is built from lightweight, thin-walled and resilient tubes with a minimum use of real wood. Unlike raw materials such as aluminium, iron or carbon, which are normally used for the construction of bicycles, wood is a renewable resource.
Some bioactive ingredients, including enzymes, can help to smooth out wrinkles, remove impurities from the skin or prevent irritation of the skin. These beneficial ingredients can be produced with the help of new processes in fermentation.
Some consumer goods manufactures are increasingly trying to replace conventional plastics with biobased plastic. By doing this, the dependence on petroleum is reduced and carbon dioxide can be saved.
Olive leaves are a waste product from olive harvests and are frequently burned as green waste. They contain valuable ingredients with which biodegradable and skin-compatible premium leather can be produced.
Every year, millions of tonnes of milk, which cannot be used for consumption, are accrued. Fibres can be made from milk proteins. In comparison to the production of cotton, this process uses considerably less water.
The Russian dandelion grows in Germany in areas that are unsuitable for farming. Unlike the rubber tree, which grows in subtropical regions, the increasing demand without vegetation clearance or conversion of farmland can be met.