The ReThink Waste Challenge is an international student competition organised by Wageningen University & Research. The goal is to come up with a business idea or a prototype that contributes to a circular biobased economy, bringing a zero-waste future one step closer.
The teams that will continue are:
Sustainable food raw material utilization in food processing.
Challenging the afterlife of conventionally dead agro-food waste.
Direct clean waste stream from plum processing companies to insulation production.
Turning bread waste into healthy on-the-go snacks.
Generating energy out of waste gases using a bubble column power generator.
- Cult Factor
Creating a sustainable and cost-effective cellular agriculture industry.
Recovering protein from waste meat exudate for industrial applications.
A digital food waste bank innovation connecting households, food waste managers, and customers.
Obtaining energy and reducing waste in the olive industry.
Fermenting waste from the pineapple industry into products.
Turning waste biomass to biopellets as an alternative for wood.
- Live Twice
Transforming agricultural waste to resources for various industries
Flavour and aroma compounds from residual cider production streams.
- Sunsoil Energy
Replacing mulch or plastic inside greenhouses.
Maximum energy recovery of energy from digestate.
Precise accounting methods for food waste and loss quantities.
Solving problems related to the availability of drinking water
- Zerowaste Cashews
Developing high-value products from the cashew apple.
After the next round (late May), only the top 10 candidates will advance to the final, which takes place at the end of June .
Nearly 200 students from over the world join the quest for a zero-waste future with the WUR ReThink Waste Challenge (article, Agro&Chemistry 12 January 2023)
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