The bio-based polymers and composites from legume proteins and natural fibers are expected to have interesting properties for different sectors including packaging
Sub-products from legume production are no longer wastes: Leguval will give value to this biomass as source of material and energy
The LEGUVAL project partners had their final meeting at CNR IPCF facilities on 22nd November 2016. Previous to this, the third and final LEGUVAL demonstration event had been organised for the open public one day before in the same facilities.
LEGUVAL targets the use and valorisation of co-products and by-products of processed grain legumes by the extraction of the proteinaceous fraction to be used as a raw material in packaging and agricultural material preparation, and the use of the leftover biomass as an additive in composites production, as well as source of biogas by anaerobic digestionread more
Tons of legumes by-product produced annually in Europe are discarded and the disposal of this part is costly for the food industry and damaging to the environment.
Moreover, the increasing amount of green consumers around the world as well as the need to comply with the related legislative pressure has led to a great market demand for environmentally friendly packaging materials and new alternative energy sources.