WASWARE is a subsidiary company of Cambond, which has developed a plant-based bio-adhesive system for the wood panel industry. WASWARE is set to develop and market novel biocomposite to turn many “waste” into valuables. For example, a reusable coffee cup made from spent coffee grounds is just one of the products created using our bioadhesive developed by WASWARE Ltd. WASWARE also can turn agricultural waste such as straw, fruit and vegetables into eco-friendly alternatives to plastics. It has many intellectual properties in the field of bio-based materials to reduce and replace the use of plastics.
WASWARE can access the LAB facility in NIAB Eastern Agri-Tech Innovation Hub (https://www.niab.com/about/locations/eastern-agritech-innovation-hub) and have a purpose set-up facility to pilot manufacture bioadhesive from DDGS, boards from agricultural waste and process of bio-composites. Additionally, WASWARE has extended its expertise in Regenerative Agriculture to restore our food production eco-system by reducing the agriculture waste and plastic using in seeds coating and vertical organic farming. Wasware won the third place for it’s novel bio-ceramic material derived from biomass waste in London Chengdu International Innovation and Entrepreneurship Competition 2018 for homeware and consumable products.
Food waste (FW) is a big global issue. WRAP’s research shows that FW in the UK hospitality and food service sector is costing businesses £2.5bn each year. For the EU economy, FW has been estimated to cost some €143 billion per year and is responsible for 15% of all greenhouse gas emissions associated with the food supply chain. FW accounts for over 40% of all waste going to landfill from the hospitality sector. Every year more than 500,000 tonnes of food is wasted in household, restaurants, pubs, hotels and quick-service restaurants (QSRs) in the UK — that’s the equivalent of almost 1 billion average plates of food. When food is buried in landfill sites it breaks down to produce methane, a potent greenhouse gas. However, different kinds of FW contain a significant amount of untapped sources of several valuable materials that can be potentially lucrative in the development of new sustainable and value-added products for a circular economy with improved and environmental properties. This has resulted in our journey in the development of next-generation sustainable technologies and business models for food waste treatment and recovery of value-added materials for various applications such as homeware, packaging and organic farming.