The European Community-funded Ingreen project was aimed at developing innovative functional ingredients derived from paper and agro-food production waste through biotechnological processes. The ingredients will be used in the food, feed, pharmaceutical, nutraceutical, cosmetics and biodegradable packaging sectors.
The 3.5-year project developed new chemical compounds, materials and consumer products derived from whey, wheat and rye bran, and paper mill wastewater.
Innovative prototypes were developed, and when possible, packaged in biodegradable containers specifically designed for the food, feed, pharmaceutical and cosmetic industries.
Thanks to the biomass produced in the Innoven pilot plant and the Smurfit Kappa Italy pilot plant (operated by Innoven), several useful and environmentally friendly products have been created, including plastic containers for bag-in-boxes and chicken feed to provide a viable alternative to soya feed.