BIOMASS VALORIZATION FOR SUSTAINABLE AND HIGH QUALITY FIBER MATERIALS
Strength in numbers
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.