We developed a sustainable process to transform agricultural waste into cellulose and chitin

CELLULOSE

Natural polymer primarily extracted from trees. It is used in various industrial applications, such as the production of paper and textiles.

CHITIN

Biopolymer extracted from crustacean shells, such as shrimp and crabs; known for its robustness and strength. It finds industrial applications in the production of bioplastics and advanced textiles.

Cellulose

Natural polymer primarily extracted from trees. It is used in various industrial applications, such as the production of paper and textiles.

CHITIN

Biopolymer extracted from crustacean shells, such as shrimp and crabs; known for its robustness and strength. It finds industrial applications in the production of bioplastics and advanced textiles.

CONTEXT-DRIVEN

Agri-food waste

Agri-food waste

171 KG

PER CAPITA agri-food waste generated at European level

Paper

Paper
0 %
global water resources used to produce paper
0
TREES CUT EVERY MINUTE
0 %
GLOBAL ENERGY RESOURCES FOR PAPER PRODUCTION
150 billion square meters of forest cut every year

Plastic

Plastic

0
TONS OF PLASTIC IN THE OCEANS EVERY YEAR
0 %
Global emissions from plastic production
0
kg OF PLASTIC USED BY A FAMILY EVERY YEAR
BY 2030, THERE WILL BE 1T OF PLASTIC FOR EVERY 1T OF FISH

Are there other ways to produce these
products?

THE PROCESS

We have devised an innovative process to extract cellulose from agri-food waste, such as beer and coffee, and chitin from shrimp shells using Deep Eutectic Solvents (DES). From these raw materials, it is possible to produce completely green paper and bioplastic.

Our process promotes circular economy practices: traditionally waste is disposed of through incineration, but with us, the waste is valorized.

Moreover, it is possible to reduce both disposal costs and environmental impact: typically, with the traditional method, 20 ppm of CO2 are emitted into the atmosphere, whereas with our process, these emissions are reduced by 70%.

We were aware of the challenge of finding alternative sources of cellulose and devised a process that utilizes DES to extract it from waste rich in this substance

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