Devel'up 2.0

Teammembers: Jarno Boysen, Casimir Coussement, Stoffel Van Impe

Coaches: Bert Vuylsteke (UGent, devel'up), UGent (Francesca)

The challenge

Devel'up is made of vegetable and fruit waste, after use the material can be composted at home. The home-compostability is a big advantage compared to many ecofriendly or bio plastics, these materials can not be discarded in the regular compost bin and have to go to a special waste plant to degrade.  Nevertheless, many challenges remain open, for example: 

  • what systems can be deployed to gather the vegetable and fruit waste of both businesses like supermarkets and normal citizens? 

  • food banks also rely on vegetable and fruit waste. How can you overcome to collaboratively work with food banks, instead of taking away their resources? 

  • How can we remain aware of the “waste valorization paradox” (Thus both prevention and valorization of waste are priority, but do not go hand in hand)? 

  • how can this material be enhanced (see precious plastics) to make it perform even better? 

  • what other products or product groups can be developed with these materials (take in consideration the LCA, the product alternatives, technical aspects of the materials, experiential character of the materials)?  

  • If a product made from this biomaterials is to be discarded, could it possibly be shredded and reused to make a new one with same characteristics?

  • How can we engage different stakeholders and actors in developing this material further, identifying possible applications as prototyping material? How can we make this a self-sustainable system?

  • ...

Devel'up is made of vegetable and fruit waste, after use the material can be composted at home. The home-compostability is a big

The results

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a. Overview

  • Instructions on website 

  • Instruction video

  • Experimenting and prototyping with samples and ways to process, describing the characteristics of the material

  • Documenting the process (weekly highlights)

  • Stakeholder mapping (miro board)

  • Small LCA

  • Sample for sample board in IDC

b. Instruction video

c. Learning by prototyping

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The process