Research projects

Quelle: fritz-kulturgüter GmbH

Beverage crates are an established mass product made of fossil-based plastic. However, due to their multiple use as a reusable product with a long life cycle, they are particularly suitable for the use of bio-based materials. The potential for reducing CO2 emissions in logistics during the use phase of the beverage crates is high.

Quelle: Elena Rabkina on Unsplash

In the PLA2Scale research project, bio-based plastic packaging for food made from polylactic acid blends (PLA blends) is to be developed. The focus is on material-efficient use, a high biobased content (more than 80 percent) and optimal product protection for the packaged goods.

Quelle: raumprobe OHG

Designing products that can be recycled and save resources is becoming increasingly important from a sustainability perspective and is attracting more and more attention. Designers and product developers are therefore very interested in the sustainable design of their products, taking bio-based materials into account.

Quelle: Crafting Future GmbH

The overall objective of the research project is to develop the most sustainable and recyclable reusable bowls with lids made of bio-based and/or recycled plastics that circulate in Germany's largest deposit system for "to go" food and at the same time remain in the material cycle through recycling at the end of their life cycle. Both bio-based or recycled plastics as well as sensible combinations of both types of plastics can be used as starting materials. The use of a mono-material is essential to ensure recyclability.

Source: IfBB
Source: IfBB

The aim of the SpaPlast project is to contribute to a circular, sustainable bioeconomy for application-related product development. To this end, the project is investigating the extent to which asparagus peels, which are produced in large quantities during the industrial processing of asparagus, can serve as fillers for biocomposite materials. The main focus is on creating the technical prerequisites for the use of biogenic residues.