Implemented zero-waste cascading valorization chain for the recovery of valuable natural products from agricultural residues

Despite a difficult economical context these last years in Europe, the cosmetic and nutraceutical industry continue a significant growth. These sectors are characterized by strong demand from consumers for a return to natural products from local resources.

Currently, majority of natural actives used in cosmetic or nutraceutical formulations are imported in Europe while a great biodiversity is present, especially in the North-West Regions, that generates large amount of residues that are not fully exploited for the sourcing of natural actives.

The aim of the AGRIWASTEVALUE project is the integration of agricultural by-products and residues into a circular economy by using innovative methods to identify valuable ingredients and environmentally-friendly extraction and modification processes, which are easily scalable.

The inherent concept of the project involves the setting up of new durable integrated processes to convert agricultural residues of the European North-West regions, especially transborder regions of Benelux, France, Germany and Switzerland into products with high-value bioactive agents and bio-based chemicals for their use in key industrial sectors in the European industry: cosmetic, nutraceutic, energy, chemical and agriculture. That will directly enhance the competitiveness of the European industries, especially SMEs, of the North-West Europe.

This new value chain will allow local producers to find alternatives for an economic valorization of their by-products with local enterprises/partners that will benefit of local resources for the development of products with readily available renewable bioactive agents. The circular economic model proposed in this project will enhance the competitiveness of Europe through the complementarity of its activity sectors and its network of SMEs but also with a strong interaction and an exchange of know-how with the local scientific institutes.


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  • Institut des sciences et industrie du vivant et de l’environnement (AgroParisTech), France


Project Partners

  • Celabor, Belgium
  • Université de Reims Champagne-Ardenne (URCA), France
  • Pruf- und Forschungsinstitut Pirmasesn (PFI), Germany
  • Delphy, Netherlands
  • Valorisation de la biomasse asbl (ValBiom), Belgium
  • Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland
  • GIE Eurasanté, France 
  • Cosmetic Valley, France 


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