Biobased upcycling: From residual to resource
Organic residual and waste streams have considerable but often untapped potential as a resource for a sustainable bioeconomy. This dossier presents innovative research approaches to waste utilization.
Recycling rare earths with peptides
In the PepTight project, researchers want to identify peptides that are able to filter special rare earths, known as lanthanides, from industrial water.
Studies and statistics
WWF (2022): Living Planet Report
According to the World Wildlife Fund's (WWF) 14th Living Planet Report, declines in all observed populations of mammals, birds, fish, amphibians, and reptiles averaged 69% between 1970 and 2018.
Not just since Corona has online trade been booming - and so has the demand for packaging and cushioning materials. A nature-based innovation now offers an alternative to conventional cushioning materials and turns the packaging industry into a circular economy.
The bioeconomy has rapidly developed in recent years. What has been accomplished in the last five years alone is truly impressive: Many bioeconomy products have become bestsellers. Bio-based start-ups have grown into medium-sized companies. And established, traditional industrial companies are integrating bio-based production steps into their existing structures.
The bioeconomy is gaining ground all over the world. A large number of countries have now adopted bioeconomy strategies - with various focus areas. You can find them in the following overview.
In the spotlight
About the bioeconomy
Bioeconomy - this refers to a modern and sustainable form of economic activity based on the efficient use of biological resources such as plants, animals and microorganisms. All industries that produce, process or use biological resources in any form contribute to the biobased economy.
RWTH, ETH (2021) | Achieving net-zero greenhouse gas emission plastics by a circular carbon economy
A study recently published in the journal Science by RWTH Aachen University in collaboration with ETH Zurich shows that net-zero greenhouse gas emissions from plastics are possible.
Reports on egg factory farms and the health condition of hens has spoilt some people's appetite for eggs. But eggs without chicken – is that possible? Innovative plant-based products conquer the market.
What was the per capita consumption of eggs in Germany 2022?
Less than that. About "1 egg a day" does not hold true in Germany.
Originally, dental floss was made of natural silk. In the 1940s it was gradually replaced by the synthetic material nylon. Nowadays, products made of bioplastic continue to drive the evolution of dental floss.
How much dental floss does every German use on average per year?
Unfortunately not. But this is the recommended amount.
Conventional disposable tampons are made of up to 90% plastic - and are therefore not only harmful to the environment but also to the health of those wearing them. A new tampon offers a sustainable alternative.
1 hectare of fertile land is needed to grow 3.5 tons of soybeans. What area is needed for the same amount of algae?
In fact, there are significantly fewer.
Leather is as much in demand as it is controversial - although the chemically preserved animal skin is robust and versatile, its production takes place at the expense of animals, humans and the environment - not so with a new, plant-based imitation leather.
Per ton of dry material harvested, hemp stores how much CO2?
Anyone who loves fish can now leave it in the ocean and go for a slightly different salmon - made from pea protein instead of fish, 3D printed instead of caught.
Most of the salmon eaten in Germany today comes from aquaculture.
How many kilograms of salmon are consumed in Germany each year?
Unfortunately, this is wrong.
14.06.2023 bis 16.06.2023 Berlin
Greentech Festival 2023
14.06.2023 bis 15.06.2023 Leuna
11th International Bioeconomy Conference
20.06.2023 bis 20.06.2023 Leipzig | online