Many people at thesupermarket, before buying a product, check expiration date, origin, quality and all the information about foods and their packaging to decide whether or not to buy something because, you know, consumers are becoming increasingly aware of environmental issues and increasingly informed on sustainability, a concept that embraces the entire life cycle of a product, from the choice of raw materials to production, from packaging to transport, from consumption up to get to the recycling and waste management.
A new totally eco-friendly type of packaging more green than plastic has been developed using the latest scientific technologies in the field of food processing materials and food waste - with which you can make a lot of beautiful things like this one, this one, and this one too. “It takes up to 4 years of research to have a product ready to be launched on the market - Athanassia Athanassiou, Greek researcher at the Italian Institute of Technology in Genoa (Italy) and head of Smart Materials Research Group, explains - Taking inspiration from nature, we have reproduced in the laboratory a biocompatible plastic coating, 100% biodegradable, made from the peel of peppers and tomatoes, and which retains the properties of the original product”.
Scraps of legumes and tubers and peels of fruit and vegetable, going to be thrown in the bin, are processed to obtain the bioplastic, a type of biodegradable plastic derived from plant raw materials that, unlike traditional plastic, is non-polluting and environmentally friendly. The waste are used in the production of new packaging, but not only: the coffee wastes (with the addition of sugar and silicone binders), for example, are used for purifying water and some research to apply these new sustainable and innovative technologies in the field of clothing are currently in progress.