BioTWINE hop waste transformation into novel product assortments for packaging and horticulture sector

About the project

About the project

Project LIFE BioTHOP

The object of this project is to replace the polypropylene twine on the hop fields with the biotwine made of polylactic acid (PLA) which is produced from renewable resources, and that can be degraded by composting into water, CO2 and biomass.

Hop plant biomass after harvest can be used as main ingredient of composting and afterwards used as a natural fertiliser or material to produce biodegradable products (bio-composites, planting pots, packaging trays). Therefore, the agro-waste can be drastically reduced and the economy of the sold agro-waste to bioplastic producers can be increased.

Activities in the project