VEGEA® was founded in 2014 in Milan, as a company and research center dealing with the development of cutting-edge processes enabling the valorization of agroindustry waste biomass.
Through engineering and set up of new technologies, VEGEA® extracts and valorizes all biomass components, facilitating their recovery rather than disposal.
In particular, the company has developed and patented Vegeatextile® technology for the production of biobased technical fabrics from wine Industry biomass: grape marc.
Grape marc is a fully vegetal raw material consisting of grape skins, stalks and seeds derived from wine production.
An innovative polymerization technology makes It possible to turn wine Industry biomass’ oils and lignocellulosic component into a biopolymer for Vegeatextile® production.
The production process begins with the crushing of the grapes and the separation of grape marc, both winemaking operations which are carried out by wineries.
Grape marc is desiccated in such a way It doesn’t biodegrades. Later on, dried grape marc is treated physically and mechanically thus obtaining a polymeric compound that is then coated on a backing textile in order to get regular sheets of the biobased tecnhical fabric.
Vegeatextile project will reintroduce into a new value chain a problematic waste, by transforming 2,5 kg of wet grape marc into 1m2 of material.
At full capacity, Vegeatextile will then be able to turn 11.250 tons of waste per year into new valuable products, delivering a tangible action to Circular Economy.
The company’s laboratory is working together with textile companies for the development of variants of the material differing in weight, thickness, elasticity, finishing and texture.
The adopted circular economy model is the solution to the challenges connected to the take-make-waste model, which is getting no longer sustainable, inefficient and expensive as It uses non renewable sources. In such a way we avoid agroyndustry (wine Industry, especially) byproducts to be considered a waste by turning them into a high value added material.
Vegeatextile® is offering an alternative solution to the use of animal and fossil derived materials, that is compatible with all fashion, furniture, automotive & transportation applications.
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