- PRESERVE PRESERVE High performance sustainable bio-based packaging with tailored end of life and upcycled secondary use Term January 1st, 2021 – December 31st, 2024 Project PRESERVE aims at boosting the circular use of bio-based packaging. To shift from the current situation (fossil-based, limited recycling), we build on award-winning upcycling strategies from past and on-going projects. We […]
- RECOVER Development of innovative biotic symbiosis for plastic biodegradation and synthesis to solve their end of life challenges in the agriculture and food industries Term June 1st, 2020 – May 31st,2024 Project RECOVER is a disruptive RIA proposal built upon the actual needs to solve the contamination of agro-fields with non-biodegradable agro-plastics as well as to […]
- Online Webinar on Biodegradability: An expert panel around testing, impact and materials On April 22nd a webinar was organized by Sustainable Brands and VEOCEL™, a global brand for biodegradable fibers. Goal of the webinar was the presentation and discussion on biodegradability in terms of its real meaning, environmental impacts and laboratory testing and certification. OWS was invited to participate and was represented by Lab Manager Bruno De Wilde, expert […]
- TERMINUS TERMINUS – in built Triggered Enzymes to Recycle Multi layers: an Innovation for Uses in plastic packaging Term January 1st, 2019 – January 31st, 2023 Project TERMINUS addresses the challenge of recycling and reuse of flexible multi-layer and multi-compounds packaging materials used for food, beverages, cosmetics, pet food, fertilisers and any perishable goods in general. Due […]
- Expert statement : (Bio)degradable mulching films OWS’ most recent expert statement on the possible accumulation of plastics in the soil is now available for download
- Expert statement : (Bio)degradable mulching films The first part discusses the biochemical pathway of biodegradation and more particularly the meaning of complete biodegradation in soil. The second part touches on the possible accumulation of plastics in the soil as a result of repetitive use of both non-biodegradable and biodegradable mulching films.
- Open-Bio Opening bio-based markets via standards, labelling and procurement Term November 1st, 2013 – October 31st, 2016 Project Open-Bio is the follow-up project to the FP7 research project called KBBPPS (Knowledge Based Bio-based Products’ Pre-Standardization) and kicked off in November 2013. It comprises a broader consortium consisting of the KBBPPS group and a number of new […]
- Drius Industrial implementation of a biodegradable and compostable flat micro-irrigation system for agricultural application Term November 1st, 2013 – October 31st, 2015 Project DRIUS is the continuation of a previous project called HYDRUS (FP7/2007-2013-Grant Agreement 231975), where new biodegradable micro-irrigation pipes were developed and satisfactorily manufactured in industrial extrusion lines. The main focus of the present […]
- Industrial Compostability After many years of development and intensive discussions in normalization committees, requirements for industrial compostability have become well established and have been firmly fixed in several norms. In all of the above norms, the same 4 essential requirements are specified: Biodegradation shows quantitatively the inherent characteristic of the material to be consumed by microorganisms and […]
- Home Compostability While the first norms on industrial compostability were already published at the turn of the century, it took 10 more years to create a norm on home compostability. Based on AS 4736, the Australian norm on industrial compostability, Australian Standards published in 2010 world’s first norm on home compostability: AS 5810. Nevertheless, several other certification […]
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