The waste from the agri-food industry, once again, proves to be a precious resource. If from tomato waste it is possible to produce biofilms, spay films and pellets, from the waste of cultivation of bananas wood with low environmental impact can be produced. Innovation comes from the company Beleaf with a process developed by Euro-Mediterranean Center for Climate Change (CMCC), in collaboration with WWF Italy.
The entire process follows the criteria of the 'Life Cycle Assessment’, According to the life cycle assessment, the production of wood starting from waste from banana cultivation, has an environmental impact equal to 10% of the traditional wood production process, which means up to 58% fewer harmful emissions, zero deforestation, large water savings and a clear cut in the use of chemical pollutants.
The production process implemented by the company Beleaf has a positive environmental impact and social: for the collection of raw materials, the economy of the South of the world is helped by making agreements with small landowners, excluding land managed by multinationals. The raw material is made up of banana waste which contains the plant biomass capable of replace the wood.
"With a minimum of effort, the production chain promoted by Beleaf, which uses waste materials, has combined market innovation and low environmental impacts in this product, developing a model that can be replicated in all countries active in this production" - declares Massimiliano Rocco, Forest Manager WWF Italy – Today, more than ever, we need to reduce the pressure from the massive and illegal use of timber from tropical forests and make recycling an imperative of life. This new product achieves both of these goals, contributing to the challenge that we all have to take to make sustainable our presence for this planet, which is the only one we have. "
Great satisfaction from Mario Cassin, president of Beleaf sam. The company had been on the hunt for several years ecological products that they could replace the wood in the furniture, panels and interior decoration sector. A balance has finally been found that reconciles the needs of the market with those of the environment.
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