Challenges

What if olive seeds can replace plastic?

Many countries approved ban on single-use plastics. Several raising-awareness campaigns of governments, NGOs address the plastic pollution and its environmental damages. These campaigns are good to make the common challenge more visible however they might fail if the transition towards Circular Economy has one-way communication. There is a need to have an inclusive approach while designing these communication campaigns. All the actors involved in the plastic value chain should be taken into consideration and straight-forward alternatives need to be available for the transition. Re-framing the whole plastic value chain requires collaboration and ownership of each actor, and last but not least EDUCATION to shift mindset&behaviors.
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A good example of collaboration is Biolive.

Turkish entrepreneurs produced bio-plastic with biowaste and olive seeds. Biolive produces antibacterial bio-plastics by converting the olive seeds produced as a waste from olive seeds factories into polymer structure by means of technology. This plastic granules can be used in industry, in packaging, in toys, refrigerators, floor materials, home appliances. Biolive is biodegradable and suitable for human health.
Biolive started in R&D lab of an university technocity and it grows with investments from companies.

http://www.biolivearge.com/

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How can this be improved?
Kate Rushton
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  • I like the way Biolive uses waste as a packaging material. Can you tell me more about Biolive? Why is this a good campaign? Unfortunately, I can read Turkish.

    Zeynep Cansu Oner
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  • Sorry for confusion, the first paragraph is my reflections about the topic. The second paragraph, the project is the example of a good collaboration of entrepreneurs, academia & business.

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    Idoia Letona Castrillo
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  • I guess the material is obtained from local product right? As Turkey has olive production it would be a great idea to close the loop locally, and use the waste from the olive industry to generate this bioplastic. It would help tu reduce wastem create a circular economy and create local jobs.
    This project would be scalable to other countries with olive production, as Spain, Italy or Greece. Great initiative.

    Zeynep Cansu Oner
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  • Thanks for the comment. Turkey has olive production and the materials obtained locally. You are right, the project would be scalable to other Mediterranean countries where olive is part of daily routine and create local jobs.