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What do walnut forests in Kyrgyzstan have to do with cosmetics manufacturers in the Lower Rhine region?

21.11.2023, Audimax, Hochschule Rhein-Waal, Campus Kleve

The walnut forests in Kyrgyzstan provide an essential livelihood for the local population, while overexploitation of the forests increasingly threatens their resources. Developing sustainable agroforestry systems with walnuts aims to reduce pressure on natural forests.

The resource efficiency in walnut processing has been low, and walnut shells are often an underutilized waste product, although they are useful in the international cosmetic industry, for instance, to replace microplastics in skincare products such as exfoliants.

In order to increase local value added to these systems, improve resource efficiency, and reduce pressure on natural forests, researchers and partners from small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) from the Lower Rhine region are exploring possibilities within the research project ‘SUFACHAIN to use these perceived waste products.

Prof. Dr. Dirk Bockmühl will examine this topic from a scientific perspective, while Robert Beinio will provide a practical viewpoint.

Have a look: Kosmetik ohne Mikroplastik Sind Walnussschalen die Lösung –