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Brexit: an opportunity for local food systems?
Brexit: an opportunity for local food systems? With the UK currently set to crash out of the European Union on 31 October, Britons are particularly worried about their food supplies .
Logistics: the Achilles' heel of the short food supply chain
Logistics: the Achilles' heel of the short food supply chain Crowdsourcing the ‘last mile’ may be a solution to cut the distribution costs in short food supply chain (SFSC).
Sustainable nappies for eco-friendly generations
Sustainable nappies for eco-friendly generations Humans contributes to the planet’s pollution from the very early stage of their lives. EU statistics report that some seven million babies in Europe use up to 36 million disposable nappies in only one day .
Surfing on bio-based boards
Surfing on bio-based boards Surfing has a dirty secret: surfboard production techniques are often at odds with the sport’s eco-conscious image. Most modern surfboards are a sandwich-like construction: a polyurethane foam core – known as a blank – coated in a fibre-reinforced composite.
Could the roads of the future be bio-based?
Could the roads of the future be bio-based? Every year the EU produces around 15 million tonnes of bitumen . Most of this is mixed with aggregates such as crushed rock, sand and gravel to create asphalt – the sticky bitumen binds it all together – to build roads.
Short food supply chains: setting another place at the table
Short food supply chains: setting another place at the table There is an old tradition in many cafés in Naples, Italy: it’s called "caffè sospeso", in Italian “ pending coffee ”.
Would you wear clothes made from poo, and other agricultural waste?
Would you wear clothes made from poo, and other agricultural waste? When Dutch artist Jalila Essaïdi was looking to import some American goats, they produce a protein she needed for a ‘bio-art’ project, she hit an unexpected obstacle.
Climate change: trees to the rescue
Climate change: trees to the rescue Fighting climate change is the challenge of the century. The last UN Environment Emissions Gap Report warned that, in order to ensure global warming stays below 2°C, efforts should be tripled , and if we want to stay below 1.
Towards elections: which future for EU-backed nature-based solutions (NBS)?
Towards elections: which future for EU-backed nature-based solutions (NBS)? The so-called "nature-based solutions" (NBS) are the latest trend in the environment domain.
Hit the slopes with bio-based skis and snowboards
Hit the slopes with bio-based skis and snowboards Skiing has been around for at least eight millennia. Skis from 6000 BCE have been found in northern Russia , while 5000-year-old cave paintings in China appear to show people skiing .
Should you put your food waste in a compostable plastic bag?
Should you put your food waste in a compostable plastic bag? If you walk into a council office or a recycling centre in Germany today you might see a poster for the #wirfuerbio campaign , which states that no plastics including compostable plastics should be added to organic bins.
Blockchain from farm to fork
Blockchain from farm to fork Using blockchain in food supply systems is quite a recent research field. Electronic giants and start-ups are testing this technology to enter the market with a new tool to get more trusted information about what arrives on our plate.
Home sweet (hemp) home
Home sweet (hemp) home Building with wood, straw, and hemp. Biobased materials are seeing ever more use in the construction sector, which needs to become more sustainable as it is one of the major sources of soil, air and water pollution.
Bio-composites for cars
Bio-composites for cars Bio-composites have become increasingly popular with car manufacturers because they can reduce vehicle weight, which improves performance and lowers CO 2 emissions .
Bio-based alternatives to plastic plant pots
Bio-based alternatives to plastic plant pots In recent years, plastic pollution has hit the headlines as a major environmental issue. While gardening is an outdoor activity involving organic material and natural products, the uncomfortable truth is that gardeners use a lot of plastic .
3D printed bioplastic: the future of construction?
3D printed bioplastic: the future of construction? Additive manufacturing, or 3D printing, is a major part of the fourth industrial revolution and it will transform the construction sector, according to Zoubeir Lafhaj , an expert in the future of construction, from the graduate engineering school École Centrale de Lille, in France.
Short food supply chain: unity makes strength
Short food supply chain: unity makes strength "Why do you talk about short supply chains? You promote small and uncompetitive farms that cater to the richest consumers". In 2012 the former EU commissioner for Agriculture, Dacian Cioloş, said he often received this objection.
Liverpool, a frontrunner city in re-naturing public spaces
Liverpool, a frontrunner city in re-naturing public spaces If you happen to swing by Liverpool in the future, you will probably see a tree urban drainage system in Bold Street, where people frequently shop. Surface water flooding is a problem in many cities.
Bio-based houses are seducing Latin America
Bio-based houses are seducing Latin America The green building phenomenon in Latin America has taken off. Bio-based aggregates have started penetrating the construction sector’s market, and the development of eco-friendly renewable products has increased the use of bio-based polymers in the construction industry, as a recent study shows.
Bio-homes to tackle the housing emergency
Bio-homes to tackle the housing emergency Bristol is at the forefront of high-tech innovation in the UK, named European green capital in 2015. But it is also the second least affordable major British city housing-wise only after London.
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