Sweet potato’s from The Caribbean
Together with our partners we are working on sustainable agri-food production and processing chains. Supported by the RVO and the DGGF TA program we are creating economical and social opportunities: Hope for inclusive prosperity on one side and stable feedstock for biobased markets and applications on the other. Working towards a more sustainable future.
LORUM IPSUM The Challenge: marina ecosystem restoration
Restoring sensitive coastal ecosystems like salt marshes and mangroves is challenging. Traditional methods often use non-biodegradable materials like plastic and metal, which don’t naturally integrate with the environment. Our team aimed to create a temporary, biodegradable structure made from waste or renewable resources.
The Solution: biodegradable 3D sheets
The team developed BESE elements: biodegradable 3D sheets made from waste starch from the Dutch potato industry. The bioplastics were formulated to meet several requirements such as brittleness and deterioration time that ensure the material slowly degrades to become part of the natural environment. BESE elements have successfully been used in various restoration projects.
The project’s success is the result of a strong collaborative effort. Rodenburg contributed expertise in material science, Wageningen University offered scientific insights to improve bioplastic properties, and ENEXIO Water Technologies and Bureau Waardenburg added crucial expertise in the areas of ecological restoration and water tech.