Topic of the Month February 2016

Plastics made of kitchen waste

Quality products made out of food production waste: Scientists at the University of Hohenheim extract basic chemicals for chemical industry from chicory root. Photo: istockphoto/hawk111

Nylon stockings and plastic bottles made out of chicory salad waste: Scientists at the University of Hohenheim extract basic chemicals for chemical industry from chicory root (left Dominik Wüst, right Markus Gölz). Photos: University of Hohenheim

Nylon, polyester, perlon, or plastic bottles

From the chicory root for nylon stocking: The path is, thanks to research, known as can be produced from a sustainable natural product valuable plastic.

Chicory-made HMF as part of bioeconomy

From chicory root ...

The challenge: storage and quality of the roots

... extract the scientists HMF ...

HMF based on chicory is of higher quality than the chemical made of crude oil

... the basis for nylon, polyester, perlon or plastic bottles.