We make sustainable products from plant-based raw materials extracted from crops and waste flows generated by agriculture and the food industry.
Crash barriers made from roadside cuttings, building materials made from elephant grass and ingredients for paint produced from general household waste such as nappies? It is all happening in Brabant. Reducing the waste mountain, building new knowledge for a green economy and making bio-products that perform better than the traditional variants: Brabant proves that anything is possible. Welcome to the amazing world of the bio-based economy; the green revolution with endless application opportunities.
Sustainability is our future. Environmental awareness is now widespread at central and local government level, and among consumers and businesses. Furthermore, fossil-based raw materials are becoming scarcer and scarcer. We must, and we can, clean up our act. Fantastic and sustainable products are now made from plant-based raw materials extracted from crops and waste flows from agriculture and food industry. Agri-food, high tech and chemistry, the most important economic drivers in Brabant, all come together here. Brabant is fully committed to the bio-based economy.
The Green Chemistry Campus in Bergen op Zoom is a platform for revolutionary research into eco-friendly innovations for the chemical industry. The companies at the Campus Innovation Center collaborate via open innovation and knowledge sharing. The research performed by Shared Research Center Biorizon into the use of bio-aromatics from plant-based waste is a response to worldwide demand for these raw materials as an ingredient for chemicals, paint, cosmetics and other products.
The bio-based crash barrier was developed in Raamsdonk in Brabant. Millvision, a company that is also active at the Green Chemistry Campus, recycles roadside cuttings to produce innovative bio-based profiles. In ‘s-Hertogenbosch, Onora has developed a stylish and eco-friendly coffin made from bio-plastic. A world first: the first coffin, and at the same time the largest product, to be made from bio-plastic.
The landscape in Brabant is green wherever you look. All the basic ingredients and knowledge for surprising and new eco-friendly products are available in Brabant. Companies in North Brabant think green. They are agilely and skilfully responding to fast-growing demand for organic plastics, natural colourants and biodegradable packaging materials. Is this the long-awaited sustainability revolution? It is, and it starts in Brabant.
About thirteen years ago, a group of entrepreneurs in Steenbergen saw opportunities for natural dyes. They convinced several farmers to grow madder and set up their own laboratory and factory.Read more
We are in a pilot plant. The year is 2021. Mounds of white, fluffy flakes lie on the belt of the moving conveyor. Is it artificial snow? Or feathers perhaps? No: the soft, fluffy material has been produced from nappies. Used nappies, obviously.Read more
The Green Chemistry Campus, exactly the right place for young technology companies, is booming. With new collaborative partnerships, new investments and a new building at the campus.Read more
Sustainable coffins made from 100% natural bioplastic: is that the future? Marieke Havermans, an enterprising woman from Brabant, has developed the biodegradable coffin: “This was just something I had to do”.Read more
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