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A Dutch eco-friendly company is looking for residual agricultural wheat waste (and pulp) in India to be used for their innovative plastic-free straws.

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ABSTRACT

A Dutch eco-friendly company supplies plastic-free straws. The wheat straws can be regarded as a sustainable alternative for plastic straws, which have a dramatic effect on our environment. Recently, the company developed an innovative technique to manufacture wheat straws from wheat pulp and plans are underway to start a factory in India. The company is looking for large wheat farmers in India to buy the waste wheat pulp from. A supplier agreement is envisioned.


FULL DESCRIPTION

A Dutch eco-friendly company is involved in circular economy and supplies plastic-free straws. The straws are natural, eco-friendly and hygienic, disposable, compostable and affordable. The wheat straws are made of wheat, reeds, hay, thatch or cane. The wheat straws can be regarded as sustainable alternatives for plastic straws.

Due to the passion for scuba diving the founder of the company realized more and more what an enormous plastic soup Homo Sapiens is causing and what a devastating effect is has on the marine ecosystem and its biodiversity. For some plastics, it takes more than 1,000 years to break down. Since the massive production of plastic started from the early 20th century, it has not yet had time to break down.

In order to contribute to a cleaner environment, the company started to develop a sustainable, biodegradable and affordable alternative for plastic straws. The company finally ended up with a strong natural and biodegradable product: the eco wheat drinking straw.

The straws, currently commercial available, are biodegradable and made of natural wheat stems. Every year there are tons of residual waste in the agricultural sector worldwide. Usually after harvesting this waste will be burned. Today, the company is collecting this residual waste from farms worldwide and pays farmers a fair price. Subsequently, the stems are cut into the requested lengths and sterilized in warm water afterwards. This procedure ensures bacterial sterility of the product.

However, still a lot of residual waste is left unused as wheat pulp. Recently, the company developed an innovative technique to manufacture wheat straws from wheat pulp. This pulp is obtained from other rest material as well as from recycled straws.
Due to the changing attitude of customers towards the environment, the company anticipates on a rapid increase in sales of the wheat straws. Therefore, the company is planning a new factory with partners to be established in India. This factory will apply innovative technique to manufacture wheat straws from wheat pulp.

In order maintain to the supply of the above mentioned rest material (wheat pulp) and to optimize a short supply lines, the company is currently looking for wheat farmers in the north part of India. It should be mentioned that the company is looking particularly for the larger farms and / or cooperatives and / or partnerships of local wheat farms.
A supplier agreement is envisioned. The company will support the partner with all necessary information in order to establish the supply lines.

The collaboration with the partners comprises the novel manufacturing process of the wheat straws from their waste wheat pulp. The company will support the partner with all necessary information and technologies in order to establish an eco-friendly supply chain.


Partner expertise sought:

- Type of partner sought: The company is looking for agricultural partners particularly the larger farms and / or cooperatives and / or partnerships of local wheat farms.
The growing, harvesting and further processing should be executed on an ecological and social friendly manner. No chemicals are used.
- Specific area of activity of the partner: The company is looking for agricultural partners particularly the larger farms and / or cooperatives and / or partnerships of local wheat farms in India.
The growing, harvesting and further processing should be executed on an ecological and social friendly manner. No chemicals are used.
The collaboration with the partners comprises the regular supply of waste wheat pulp. The company is willing to pay a fair price and will support the partner with all necessary information and technologies in order to establish an eco-friendly supply chain of wheat pulp. Since the company would like to hold the storage and distribution in one location, a suitable capacity and competence of the envisioned partner is required as well.


Advantages & innovations:

There are a variety of other solutions on the market, ranging from paper to metal straws. The harvested straws as well as the newly processed straws are more eco-friendly than the other options. The result is a premium eco wheat straw characterized by the highest quality standards. The extra benefit of this procedure is that the straws will not stick to your lips while drinking.

The following advantages can be recognized (see picture specifications): environmental friendly, affordable, biodegradable, hygienic, strong material, residue free and maintenance free.


Development Stage:

Project already started - Recently, the company developed an innovative technique to manufacture wheat straws from wheat pulp and plans are underway to start a factory in India.


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KEY INFORMATION

Country of origin
NETHERLANDS
Profile date
15/07/2020
Deadline
16/07/2021

PARTNERSHIP(S) SOUGHT

Supplier agreement

CLASSIFICATIONS

INDUSTRY SECTORS
Industrial Manufacture \ Materials \ Agriculture \ Packaging \ Retail & Wholesale
TECHNOLOGY KEYWORDS
INDUSTRIAL MANUFACTURING, MATERIAL AND TRANSPORT / Process control and logistics / Manufacturing plants networks / INDUSTRIAL MANUFACTURING, MATERIAL AND TRANSPORT / Packaging / Handling / Packaging for materials / AGRICULTURE AND MARINE RESOURCES / Agriculture / Crop Production
COMMERCIAL KEYWORDS
Manufacture of other products of wood; manufacture of articles of cork, straw and plaiting materials / Wholesale of other household goods
MARKET KEYWORDS
CONSUMER RELATED / Food and Beverages / Health food / CONSUMER RELATED / Food and Beverages / Soft drinks and bottling plants / INDUSTRIAL PRODUCTS / Pollution and Recycling Related / Other pollution and recycling related / OTHER / Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing, Animal Husbandry & Related Products

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Contact Enterprise Europe Network Scotland by email at info@enterprise-europe-scotland.com, quoting reference number BRNL20200707001