Eleven companies, three universities and a college of higher professional education in the eastern Netherlands will jointly develop bio-based pigments, paints, brushes and yarns. This will result within three years in concrete product concepts, which are expected to capture the market in subsequent years. Bio-based is the collective name for products made of natural raw materials that are biodegradable and harmless to both people and the environment. The fifteen collaborating parties in the eastern Netherlands intend to move from concepts to tangible products within three years.
Bio-based yarns and geotextiles
Geotextiles too will benefit from the use of the most durable yarns, such as those found for example in TenCate Geotube® systems. This woven material is already being used to dewater and consolidate sludge and industrial waste (such as dredged materials, paper pulp and slurry) in a sustainable way. Artificial dyke bodies are also being made with this material. After proven service, many of these systems are left in the ground because their removal is either unnecessary or difficult. In the project TenCate is working on bio-based geotextiles that will spontaneously compost after a pre-set time and thus disappear from the ground. In order to produce the bio-based yarns, TenCate will investigate the suitability of a degradable biopolymer, that will be developed. The bio-based TenCate Geotube® that is envisaged can expect to attract worldwide interest. The new yarn can also be made suitable for functional applications in other durable TenCate products.