Nature-based products that integrate into the earth's natural material cycles, as well as low-CO2 or even CO2-neutral production production, have moved into the focus of producers of plastic-based manufactures since the ban on various products made from petrochemical plastics. Without doubt, this is one of the major political, technical and economic challenges of the 21st century.
Potential natural-based raw materials for the manufacture of such more sustainable products are residual biomasses, which, in contrast to fiber plants such as wood, flax and hemp, are not cultivated for fiber production, but accumulate as residual material from agricultural production. In order to efficiently recover these residual biomasses as raw material, completely new harvesting concepts have to be implemented. The startup Initiative angewandte Biomasse Technologie Oberlausitz (IABT) has dedicated itself to this market gap.
The goal of the spin-off from the LaNDER³ partnership is to recover and provide previously unused plant raw and residual materials. For this purpose, novel harvesting methods for threshed crops including all plant parts are developed and the residual biomass is processed for manufacturing purposes.
For the LaNDER³ partnership, the spin-off is a significant milestone, as the mass-market supply of residual biomasses is now within reach for the first time, enabling natural fiber-based products to be manufactured cost-effectively.