Smart & Sustainable Society INNOVATION
BioTHOP: Hop waste fibre sheets reused for wine bottle packaging
Market Maturity: Business Ready
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Market Creation Potential
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Go to Market needs
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Location of Key Innovators developing this innovation
Key Innovators
Small or Medium Enterprise
Joachimsthal, DE
Small or Medium Enterprise
UN Sustainable Development Goals(SDG)
This innovation contributes to the following SDG(s)
Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns

The UN explains: "Sustainable consumption and production is about promoting resource and energy efficiency, sustainable infrastructure, and providing access to basic services, green and decent jobs and a better quality of life for all. Its implementation helps to achieve overall development plans, reduce future economic, environmental and social costs, strengthen economic competitiveness and reduce poverty.

The EU-funded Research Project
This innovation was developed under the LIFE project LIFE BioTHOP with an end date of 30/06/2022
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Description of Project LIFE BioTHOP
EU agriculture and horticulture industries generate around 1.3 million tonnes of plastic waste per year, 60% from films and 30% from twines, nets, clips, pots and trays. Within the EU, 2 600 farms grow hops over an area covering at least 26 000 hectares. Hops growing still uses a system based on wire or polypropylene twine attached to trellises. Roughly 45km of polypropylene twine per hectare is used each season. While providing an excellent mechanical performance, the polypropylene makes proper composting, recycling or la

Innnovation Radar's analysis of this innovation is based on data collected on 25/08/2020.