Eko Bio Invest
is a company that was founded at the end of 2017 in Belgrade, with the idea to develop and commercialize an innovative material that is a fully safe alternative to thin, usually single-use plastic. As the director, Marina Cvijanovic, says for eKapija, unlike the existing biodegradable bags and similar products that are already present in the market, products made from this material are not toxic and are fully degradable in a natural way, without nanoparticles which end up in the ground or the water, and then later into the food chain.
– We have a partner company in Paris which does the commercialization of this material, as well as a company in Zagreb, in which the granulate will be produced. The research department is in Belgrade and, in partnership with the Institute of Molecular Genetics and Genetic Engineering (IMGGE), it is working on further upgrading the material for new applications, testing regional raw materials and the possibilities of the re-use of the final products made from our material (up-cycling) – our interviewee says.
She adds that, so far, the possibility of getting the biopigment for the textile and, to a certain extent, the use as a fertilizer have been confirmed:
– We strive to provide access to clients throughout Europe in the best way possible, to learn about their needs, so that we would be able to guarantee the optimal, quality service, for numerous applications.
The production of the granulate and the foils will begin in January 2023 in Zagreb, and the expansion of capacities in Belgrade is planned for next year.How Is the Granulate Made?
The granulate is based on the fruit and vegetable waste that is generated in the food preparation process or the process of the preparation of these ingredients.
– It is important to emphasize that food waste, which, in urban conditions, comprises up to 50% of the waste in landfills, is picked up at the place where it is generated, so it doesn’t even reach the landfill, which not only reduces its quantities, but also the emissions of CO2 and the easily flammable methane – Cvijanovic says.
She points out that the granulate could be made from fruit and vegetables too, but the company believes that it would be “an irresponsible and unnecessary practice, since there are already huge amounts of organic waste”.