A polystyrene green Italian, made with vegetable waste, could soon replace that derived from petroleum, first pollutant of microplastics in the sea. The new sustainable material is the award-winning creation (a BioInItaly e Bravo Innovation Hub) of a startup campana, now close to starting the production phase.
Polystyrene green from vegetable waste
The project of polystyrene green from plant waste was developed by the team researchers Zeb twd Zeeb, coordinated by Antonella Violano, professor of the Department of Architecture and Industrial Design of the Luigi Vanvitelli University, in collaboration with the startup Salerno Service Biotech.
The new material it is a sort of zero impact bio-tile, free of plastic. It is made with vegetable waste from the agri-food industry, undergrowth products and agricultural processing residues. A bioplastic coating completes the product, whose insulating properties make it usable in various industrial fields, from construction to the packaging agribusiness.
The debut in Berlin
The first prototype of research was presented in March 2021. In a few months, the project has garnered a lot of support, approaching the milestone of industrial production.
'We are having good feedback. We have been selected from Future Food Institute and we just went to the Italian embassy in Berlin to meet some German accelerators. We also made contact with some Italian farms and opened up to the industrial world', declares a Great Italian Food Trade Salvatore Del Prete, CEO and founder of Service Biotech, together with Daniela Marasco.
By 2022 in production
The path from research to production is reduced.
'We plan to set up a production site for the commercialization by the end of 2022. The plant will be in Campania, we are still identifying the available municipalities and usable plant residues. The Municipality of Piaggine (in the Salerno area, ed) has already given us availability'continues Del Prete.
The idea is to keep the heart in Campania, wandering all over Italy in search of resources. 'The materials will come from different places and companies. We have already made contact with some Italian companies to use waste from wine and flour production, for example barley waste'explains the biotechnologist.
Professional journalist since January 1995, he has worked for newspapers (Il Messaggero, Paese Sera, La Stampa) and periodicals (NumeroUno, Il Salvagente). She is the author of journalistic surveys on food, she has published the book "Reading labels to know what we eat".