Fiber pulp from tomato plants can be used to produce packaging material
Tomato growers are always left with a lot of leaves and stems. Up until now these leaves and stems went straight onto the compost pile. While searching for ways to reuse this natural material, researchers at Wageningen UR discovered that the fiber pulp from tomato plants can be used to produce packaging material. One of the products they developed was tomato packaging made from tomato leaves and stems. This packaging even smells like tomatoes. Tomato growers produce more than enough leaves and stems to package tomatoes in their own leaves. By producing their own packaging the tomato growers reduce their carbon footprint.