Compostable coffee capsules nab biocomposites prize

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In  Cologne, compostable coffee capsules won the Biocomposite of the Year award for 2019. Launched last year by Golden Compound, HOMEcap is certified compostable by OK Kompost HOME.

Dutch firm KNN Cellulose won second prize for its work recycling toilet paper into biocomposite granules, while Swiss firm BComp got third place for its construction materials made from natural fibers.

“Never before has the demand for alternatives to classic plastic products been greater than today,” says nova-Institute, which sponsors the award. “Currently, up to 80% of plastics can be replaced by biogenic fillers such as wood flour and cork or by natural fibers for reinforcement. By now, biocomposites are available for almost every application: packaging, consumer goods, toys, handles, shoes, façade and terrace elements, floors, car parts and even furniture. This years’ nominated companies provided a good overview of the growing application sectors for biocomposites: automotive, packaging, consumer goods, cladding, music instruments and facade elements.”

The awards were handed out at the 8th Biocomposites Conference in Cologne.