The Zelfo Technology company, which has its pilot plant in Schwedt, is researching the packaging material of the future. Plastic and waste paper are yesterday's news. Plant fibres are the up and coming thing. Company founder and manager Richard Hurding describes the starting point of the research to MOZ: "There is a shortage of used paper. Waste paper is an environmentally friendly raw material. The main problem is the quality of the paper fibres. They can usually only be reprocessed up to seven times to make a stable product such as packaging for eggs."
For the wine industry, Zelfo has developed packaging in which the bottles no longer rattle during transport. The production of the compound starts with material gathered from off-cuts, which are produced en masse during the harvesting of wine grapes. Hurding can imagine similar test results with tomato stalks from the larger nurseries. "Worldwide, tomato farmers throw away thousands of tons a year. This is a potential that needs to be tapped." The first tests are underway. Small punnets are created in which ripe tomatoes are offered. This is a good way of circulating materials. Another example of materials research at Zelfo is sedge hay from the Lower Oder Valley National Park, as there is a lot of it, and it has no other uses..
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