New Climate-Neutral Sneaker Made From Coffee Waste

Finnish startup Rens Original successfully funded its first sneakers made from coffee waste and recycled plastic water bottles via a Kickstarter campaign. Today, the company announced it will be launching a second Kickstarter campaign for its upcoming climate-neutral sneaker. The shoe is called NOMAD, and the company used feedback from its customers to design it. Climate neutral refers to reachingContinue reading “New Climate-Neutral Sneaker Made From Coffee Waste”

Banana plant as a source of valuable antimicrobial compounds and its current applications in the food sector

Abstract Bananas (Musaceae) are one of the world’s most common fruit crops and the oldest medicinal plants that are used to treat a variety of infections. There has been recent interest in elucidating the efficiency of the naturally active ingredients, particularly the antimicrobials, in this plant. This review begins with a short background of theContinue reading “Banana plant as a source of valuable antimicrobial compounds and its current applications in the food sector”

Packaging made from crop waste allows companies to move towards ‘genuinely sustainable’ innovation

A company is making paper packaging products for the food industry using crop waste materials such as apple skins, avocado peel and mango pips. It is estimated that arable farming produces around 8 billion tonnes of carbohydrate waste every year in the form of discarded stalks, leaves and roots of crops such as maize, wheat,Continue reading “Packaging made from crop waste allows companies to move towards ‘genuinely sustainable’ innovation”

Can food systems really get to ‘net zero?’

Around the world, achieving ‘net zero’ emissions by the middle of this century has become a rallying cry to keep climate change in check and avoid its worst impacts.  Over 120 countries — from highly industrialized nations like Canada, Germany, and the UK to developing economies such as Myanmar, Sudan, and Tuvalu — have set theirContinue reading “Can food systems really get to ‘net zero?’”

A closer look at ICP’s corrugated cardboard box made from tomato stems

The Slovenian Pulp and Paper Institute (ICP) recently presented a corrugated cardboard pack made partly from tomato stems. The tomato stems are from locally sourced agricultural waste that has been  processed into liner and fluting papers suitable for incorporation into corrugated board. We spoke to Igor Karlovits, senior researcher at ICP, to find out more about the potentialContinue reading “A closer look at ICP’s corrugated cardboard box made from tomato stems”

Utilization of eggshell waste in calcium-fortified foods and other industrial applications: A review

Highlights Global production of eggs leads to waste like eggshell and eggshell membrane Eggshell waste being rich in calcium can be utilized in fortified food products Processing of eggshell waste and calcium carbonate reactions are described Eggshell waste has quite applications in food, agricultural, medical and textiles Background Greater consumption and utilization of chicken eggsContinue reading “Utilization of eggshell waste in calcium-fortified foods and other industrial applications: A review”

Stone Fruit Pits Upcycled Into Oils and Alternative Dairy Products

One of the best parts about summer (in my opinion) is that it is stone fruit season, and I always look forward to consuming an abundance of nectarines, apricots, cherries, plums, and peaches. After the vibrant, juicy fruit flesh is devoured, the rock-hard pit is leftover. Pits are not obviously edible and seem like somethingContinue reading “Stone Fruit Pits Upcycled Into Oils and Alternative Dairy Products”

Fiber-Based Sugar Launches in the U.S.

When it comes to growing major crops like corn, rice, wheat, and sugar cane, there is often an abundance of raw material left over post-harvest. Referred to as agricultural side streams, this material includes things like husks, leaves, cobs, and stems. Traditionally, industrial agricultural side streams have not had much use, but upcycling food wasteContinue reading “Fiber-Based Sugar Launches in the U.S.”

Grass replaces plastic in take-away food packaging

Soon, packaging for take-away foods might be completely based on local, sustainable materials instead of fossil-based products. In a new research project, a packaging solution based on upcycled grass fibres is being developed. Grass fibres can replace plastic as a 100% biodegradable and disposable material for packaging for take-away food. This is the goal ofContinue reading “Grass replaces plastic in take-away food packaging”

Spent Grains: Beer Waste to Pancakes

“What do pancakes, mushrooms, and biofuel have in common? This may seem like a setup to a bad joke but actually they can all be produced by using a waste product of the brewing industry. You may have already seen some products from smaller companies advertising spent grains in lower carb or high fiber bakingContinue reading “Spent Grains: Beer Waste to Pancakes”