Appeal : From apple to handbag with igus Low Cost Automation
With the APPEAL project, the UCLL team wants to convert fruit waste into a fully biodegradable biomaterial with various applications such as single-use plastics, agricultural film, decoration and textiles.
Every year in Belgium there is 90,000 tons of waste from these apples and pears, which can result in 15 million m² of fruit leather per year.
In short, we want to process the surplus of fruit waste that is not valorised into an ecologically and economically relevant biomaterial.
The research project has already received some important media attention and is now ready to increase the production volumes in a new production hall