Marubeni Corporation (hereinafter, 'Marubeni') is working on a 'Consideration of various utilizations of upcycled dishes called 'edish,' and demonstration of their molding and composting technology' (hereinafter, the 'PoC').
The PoC has been adopted under the Japanese Ministry of the Environment's 'Demonstration Project for a Plastic Resource Circulation System toward a Decarbonized Society'.
'edish' is a sustainable and circulate tableware company born from Marubeni's Business Plan Contest held in 2019. Marubeni uses unique technology to upcycle food waste materials such as food skins (until now a rarely utilized piece of food waste) into tableware. edish aims for further upcycling by composting the edish tableware collected after use, together with kitchen waste, to nourish soil and put it back into the dining cycle as vegetables and flowers.
The purpose of ths PoC is as follows
By using edish materials for all disposable items used for meals, the need for sorting waste can be reduces and convenience for users can be improved.
The collected edish will be monitored for the amount of food waste, the composition of the resulting compost will be measured, and the emissions from fermentation and decomposition during processing will be verified.
The resulting edish compost will be used by an agricultural corporation to grow vegetables. This will confirm its effectiveness (nutritional value) as compost.
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