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InPlum Reclaims 'Fruit Waste' to Fabricate a New Building Material

By: Omar Yusuf - Published: • References: remadeinchile.cl and treehugger
After noting that her country of origin, the Republic of Chile, was the second largest exporter of dehydrated plums in the world, Genoveva Cifuentes sought to find a use for the 47,000 tonnes of annually wasted plum pits -- InPlum is the result of her quest for sustainability and manages to find room for aesthetics, too.

Typically, the refuse and waste from producing dehydrated plums is left to rot in landfills, burned in industrial fires or used in composting. Yet, while some of the fruit pits are safely discarded, too much is left to waste -- Genoveva Cifuentes decided that the cellulose and lignin components of the seeds could be used to compose a biodegradable material. InPlum, the name of her project, upcycles plum pits and converts their normally-ignored nutrients into a sturdy compound for gardening purposes! These plant pots and seed beds can be deployed directly into the soil and will not only decompose harmlessly, but will improve germination by adding the InPlum pots' nutrients to the mix.

Not only will your garden look better than your neighbors, you won't have the shame of knowing you added pesticides or strange chemicals to improve your plants.