Introducing Bio-LUSH

BIOMASS VALORIZATION FOR SUSTAINABLE AND HIGH QUALITY FIBER MATERIALS

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About Us

Creating Sustainable Biobased Products through Innovative Fiber Extraction

Bio-LUSH unlocks the hidden potential of European plant resources, such as forest residues, marine plants, and weeds. Through advanced fiber extraction and tailored properties, we produce high-value fibers for textiles, food packaging, and reinforced composites.

By revitalizing marginalized areas and promoting circular biomass use, Bio-LUSH plays a crucial role in fostering the expansion of Europe’s fibrous bioeconomy, addressing socio-economic challenges, and working towards a sustainable future. Join us in shaping a more sustainable tomorrow with Bio-LUSH.

Objectives

At Bio-LUSH, we’re on a mission to revolutionize Europe’s biofibrous economy. Our objectives include ensuring a sustainable biomass supply, standardizing data on under-utilized biomass fibers, developing green and scalable processing methods, bridging gaps in biomass value chains, and confirming the circular design of biofibre-based products. Join us as we drive innovation and create a thriving, sustainable biofibrous industry in Europe.

Green Biomass Conversion
Green Biomass ConversionObjective #1
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Develop a flexible, environmentally-friendly process to convert high-value biomass, focusing on secondary sources like agricultural by-products, weeds, aquatic plants, and forest residues.
Cost-Efficient Production
Cost-Efficient ProductionObjective #2
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Implement a low capital expenditure process that remains affordable even for small-scale productions. With comparable specific capital expenditure to larger-scale processes, it reduces costs and is ideal for locally sourced materials, minimizing transport expenses and greenhouse gas emissions.
Tailored Biofibres
Tailored BiofibresObjective #3
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Scale up the production of biofibres that meet specific processing (melt processing, spinning, 3D printing) and performance requirements for the manufacturing sector, ensuring they deliver exceptional results.
Market-Ready Materials
Market-Ready MaterialsObjective #4
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Demonstrate the immediate market potential of Bio-LUSH (nano)fibres by readily converting them into high-value materials. These materials, such as top-quality fibres for textiles, food packaging, and composites, will capture market demand swiftly.
Quantify Fossil Resource Reduction
Quantify Fossil Resource ReductionObjective #5
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Measure and showcase the impact of biobased fibres in reducing reliance on fossil resources within European manufacturing. By examining packaging, textile fibres, and automotive parts as examples, we highlight their positive environmental contribution.
Accelerated Time-to-Market:
Accelerated Time-to-Market:Objectve #6
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Shorten the time it takes to bring biofibrous products to market, achieving a remarkable 2-4 year timeline. Through rapid development of products with a low environmental footprint, we mitigate risks and attract investments in biobased resources and manufacturing.
Interoperable Dataset
Interoperable DatasetObjective #7
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Establish an open, interoperable, and rigorously evaluated dataset containing information on feedstock and sustainable fibres across Europe. This platform promotes easy access to critical data for enhanced collaboration and decision-making.
Community Engagement
Community EngagementObjective #8
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Actively involve citizens, primary producers, industries, and the scientific community in the transition to a biofibrous economy. By fostering engagement and knowledge-sharing, we collectively drive the growth and success of this transformative industry.
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Join us on this journey to drive sustainable and inclusive change.

Our Vision for Biobased Solutions

At Bio-LUSH, our vision is to revolutionize the potential of cellulose fibers in a multitude of products and applications. We are dedicated to enhancing their performance and suitability, specifically by addressing the removal of non-cellulosic components and achieving the optimal degree of fibrillation. As part of this vision, we are actively developing crucial tools such as quality indexing and sustainability indexing protocols. By providing innovative solutions, we empower stakeholders to maximize the functionality and versatility of cellulose fibers, opening up endless possibilities for biobased products and applications.

Unleashing Innovation: The Novelty of Bio-LUSH Concepts

Bio-LUSH is leading a transformation in the biobased economy through innovative approaches. We unlock the potential of under-explored plant resources, extracting fibers and fine-tuning their properties for tailored end-products. By embracing “safe by design” and “circular by design” principles, we maximize resource value while promoting sustainability. With pioneering concepts like “quality indexing” and “sustainability indexing,” we empower informed decision-making in the industry. 

Exploiting Under-utilized Feedstocks

Bio-LUSH taps into nettle, residues (hemp hurd, poplar sawdust, timber), and seagrasses as innovative fiber sources. Guided by sustainability principles, we drive local economies, reduce imports, and pioneer a biobased future.
Bio-LUSH explores nettle, residues (such as hemp hurd, poplar sawdust, timber tops, and branches), and seagrasses as under-utilized feedstocks for fiber extraction. Guided by Circular Bio-based Europe Joint Undertaking, we prioritize sustainable sourcing, biodiversity protection, pollution reduction, and a transition to a biobased economy. By adopting a cascading use approach and prioritizing residues, weeds, and non-food herbaceous crops, Bio-LUSH delivers high-quality fibers while supporting local economies and reducing import dependence.

Smart Fiber Extraction from Engineered Plant Cell Walls

Bio-LUSH revolutionizes fiber extraction by engineering plant cell walls. Through breeding low-lignin poplar cultivars and exploring nettle and seagrasses, we aim to develop high-yield, low-energy fiber sources for sustainable CO2 capture and biofiber production.
Bio-LUSH aims to revolutionize fiber extraction by designing plant cell walls for efficient fiber liberation. Through careful breeding of low-lignin poplar cultivars and exploring nettle and seagrasses as potential biofiber crops, we seek to develop varieties with increased fiber yield and reduced lignin content, offering sustainable alternatives for capturing CO2 and producing high-quality biofibers.

Scalable and Sustainable Fiber Extraction from Biomass

Bio-LUSH revolutionizes fiber extraction by developing a scalable and eco-friendly process. By retaining the value of lignin and hemicellulose fractions, our approach produces hybrid fibers with functional properties while minimizing CO2 emissions.
Bio-LUSH aims to revolutionize fiber extraction by developing a scalable process that maximizes the value of biomass. By utilizing mild alkaline digestion, enzymatic and ozone bleaching treatments, we preserve the valuable cellulose fibers and other components while generating degradable bleaching effluents. With a focus on under-utilized biomass, our approach retains the value of lignin and hemicellulose fractions, resulting in hybrid fibers with functional properties such as antibacterial, antioxidant, and oxygen barrier capabilities.

Source-Fiber Correlation for Enhanced Performance

Bio-LUSH employs advanced characterization to establish the link between fiber source and properties, optimizing product performance.
Bio-LUSH utilizes advanced characterization techniques to unlock the correlation between cell wall structure, fiber properties, and performance. By establishing standardized protocols and a nanocellulose quality index, we empower the industry with meaningful comparisons and pave the way for new standards in fiber evaluation.

Validating Sustainability, Safety, and Recyclability

Bio-LUSH ensures sustainability, safety, and recyclability through green chemistry principles, non-hazardous components, and circular economy standards.
Bio-LUSH ensures sustainability, safety, and recyclability through green chemistry principles, non-hazardous components, and 'do-no-significant-harm' refining approaches. Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) and toxicity screening support safe design, while assessing recycling and (bio)degradation options promotes circular economy standards for high-value product retention.

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"At Bio-LUSH, we recognize the imperative of pushing the boundaries of the biobased economy. Our mission is to surpass the state-of-the-art by harnessing the potential of biofibrous resources. Through intelligent utilization of under-explored yet readily available plant feedstock and refining techniques, we will address the diverse needs of end products. By embracing 'safe by design' and 'circular by design' concepts, we ensure maximum value to the biofibrous resources, aligning with our commitment to the zero-pollution action plan. Join us on this remarkable journey as we drive the biobased economy to new heights, fueled by innovation, sustainability, and a passion for transformative change."

Our Impact

Pioneering Sutainable Solutions

Bio-LUSH significantly improves sustainable methods for cultivating, processing, and exploiting green feedstocks. We utilize underutilized materials like nettle, hemp hurd, sea weeds, and forest residues to create valuable products.

Our disruptive innovation transforms bio-based materials production across multiple value chains, driving competitiveness in the European biobased sector through biotechnology solutions.

We develop advanced characterization protocols to account for variability in bio-based source materials. Our pilot-scale demonstrations include fibres, nanofibres, and lignin nanofibres from underutilized feedstocks, enabling various consumer applications.

Bio-LUSH showcases the production of biodegradable or edible packaging, impact-resistant composites, antimicrobial textile fibers, and 3D printable hydrogel formulations.

Our project demonstrates the pilot-scale production of innovative bio-based products, replacing environmentally harmful materials and delivering tangible benefits to consumers.

 

Processes: Advancing Sustainable Manufacturing Techniques

Bio-LUSH employs advanced manufacturing techniques to produce sustainable materials. Our processes leverage existing equipment and investments, focusing on water-based formulations, energy-efficient methods like melt compounding and water-assisted spinning/coating/casting, and 3D printing.

Colloidal processing is essential for fiber spinning, 3D printing, and formulating melt processes. In Bio-LUSH, we utilize scalable techniques such as solvent casting of cellulose nanofiber (CNF) suspension for edible packaging. Twin-screw extrusion enables continuous manufacturing, including dry and liquid-assisted compounding, reducing the need for compatibilization.

By exploring biopolymers like PLA, CAB, and thermoplastic starch, we develop materials for various applications, including 3D printable filaments and injection/compression molding.

Bio-LUSH is committed to advancing sustainable manufacturing through innovative processes.

Product Development & Scale-Up

At Bio-LUSH, we understand the increasing urgency for sustainable circular products. Our focus is on overcoming the challenges of biobased innovation and navigating the difficult phase known as the “valley of death” in product development.

We develop zero-pollution, zero-waste production processes that enable the creation of eco-designed bio-based products. These products, including edible packaging, impact-resistant biocomposites, antibacterial fibers for textiles, and sustainable filament materials for 3D printing, offer diverse functionalities.

By leveraging the potential of biomass, we create innovative solutions to meet various needs, while adhering to circularity and sustainability principles.

Bio-LUSH proudly presents a line of bio-based products that exemplify our commitment to a greener future, as we aim to move biobased innovation beyond the “valley of death.”

Our partners

Bio-LUSH unites universities, research organizations, and commercial entities to drive sustainable fiber conversion from biomass. With multidisciplinary expertise spanning biology, chemistry, materials science, and more, we develop innovative solutions. Collaborations with industry leaders and end users ensure alignment with market needs and drive real-world impact. Together, we are transforming the biobased industry for a sustainable future.