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Sugar beet pulp could be used for biodegradable food packaging

By Damir Beciri
18 January 2013

sugarbeet-credit-istockphoto-com-jason-lugoWhile some researchers suggest that sugar beet pulp should be used as biofuel and others use it in animal feed, researchers from the United States Department of Agriculture‚Äôs Agricultural Research Service (ARS) and their associates found a way to transform this leftover residue from sugar extraction into a material that could be used for biodegradable… »

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Cheaper smart packaging which indicates if the food is going off being developed

By Damir Beciri
21 January 2011

university-of-strathclyde-smart-food-packagingA while ago we wrote an article about the research from Fraunhofer Institute related to active packaging that could prolong the shelf life of food products. Since a research estimates that 8.3 million tons of household food (most of which could have been eaten) is wasted only in the UK each year, a team of… »

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New sort of plastic made from sugar can be composted

By Damir Beciri
One Comment22 February 2010

compostable-plasticsResearchers have managed to transform sugars found in fast growing trees and grasses into plastic. Although there are already plastics on the market made from natural materials like corn, these do not biodegrade quickly. The new discovery would not only cut down on the use of oil (usually used to make plastic) but potentially enable… »