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Packaging made from tomato by-product waste

By Maja Bosanac
5 December 2013

tomatoesResearchers working on the project BIOCOPAC (“Development of bio-based coating from tomato processing wastes intended for metal packaging”) have devised a new range of alternative bio-based lacquers for application on the outside and inside of tinplate cans using tomato by-product waste. This innovative, eco-friendly packaging will decrease waste, improve metal can quality and reduce use… »

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First tires out of natural rubber produced in Europe

By Damir Beciri
23 July 2012

eu-natural-rubber-tireThere are various attempts to utilize other sources of natural rubber, and we already reported about Ford performing this research. Increased worldwide demand for natural rubber and latex require usage of different sources aside the rubber trees which grow only in suitable climate. There’s also a fact these trees are threatened with a fungal disease… »

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Pulp mill waste product derivate could be new energy storage material

By Damir Beciri
26 March 2012

tree-trunkAlong with breakthroughs in energy generation technology, various alternative power generation technologies gain a lot of attention in media. The issue of sustainability in energy storage is commonly neglected, but the dwindling resources needed to manufacture energy storage devices as well as the environmental impact during their disposal are inspiring researchers to find better solutions…. »

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Turning chitin into pharmaceuticals with fungi

By Damir Beciri
14 February 2012

chitin-medicine-2Most viral infections are treated with antiviral drugs which are often derived from N-Acetylneuraminic acid (NANA) – a material which costs around fifty times more than gold despite the fact it can be synthesized or obtained from natural sources. Researchers at the Vienna University of Technology found a new way to produce NANA from chitin… »