From organic composite to olive !

European project invested in the development of alternatives to fossil plastic, through the implementation of industrial applications from bio-composite materials derived from olive tree pruning residues. 

Decarbonation and circular economy action

The city of Martos, in Adalusia, a world leader in olive production, is also well known for its plastic-related activities. So it’s not surprising that this dynamic center at the crossroads of agriculture and industry is now home to the European LIFE COMPOLIVE project to develop a new generation of bio-composites based on olive tree pruning waste. 

The seven European partners behind this project, including the companies Caliplast and Plasturgia, experts in plastics processing in Loire-Atlantique, are working to offer ecological and sustainable materials to replace 100% fossil plastic, the production and incineration of which generate approximately 400 million tons of CO2 per year worldwide, to which must be added the more than 500 million tons of CO2 emitted each year in the region of Jaen by the open-air combustion of olive tree pruning waste. The first applications of the LIFE COMPOLIVE chain are the manufacture of parts for the automotive and home furnishing sectors, using a recycled polymer to which 30 to 40% of olive tree fibers are added. Beyond the measured effects on the reduction of the carbon footprint, the circular economy logic of this program coordinated by the Andaltec Technology Center promotes, by encouraging the economic and ecological management of olive oil waste, the creation of new value chains in the primary sector. 

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