The Mediterranean region accounts for the overwhelming majority of the world’s olive oil production –97%. What is less well-known, however, is that for the estimated two million tonnes of olive oil produced annually, some nine million tonnes of waste are generated. Olive oil extraction produces by-products, which can become a major environmental issue. Studies have been carried out on these residues regarding phytochemical identification and biological and toxicological evaluation. The bioactive compounds contained in these by-products have a high antioxidant activity, a characteristic fatty acids profile and an interesting mineral composition. These agro-industrial by-products have the potential to be used in many different ways, providing economic and environmental benefits.
The BioArt Gallery presents promising feedstock and its related bioeconomy applications in everyday life with 60 stunning pictures. It offers an innovative approach of showcasing to the public some examples of bio-based products and applications currently available in the market through several examples: cosmetics, nutraceuticals, tissues, toys and sport, disposable tableware, cleaning products, gadgets, and much more.
The BioArt Gallery has been displayed to the public in severall incredible venues throughout Europe, and now BIOVOICES makes it available to you through an interactive digital platform!