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Biospife

The biospife story

Find out about the development of the ZESPRI biospife, the world’s first compostable spife.

Innovation definition: Dr Martin Markotsis

Dr Martin Markotsis of Scion discusses what innovation means.

Innovation definition: Alistair Mowat

Alistair Mowat of ZESPRI discusses what innovation means and contrasts the role of an innovator with that of...

Why innovation is important: Alistair Mowat

Alistair Mowat of ZESPRI discusses why innovation is particularly important for New Zealand.

Skills for innovation: biospife

Dr Martin Markotsis and Alistair Mowat discuss skills needed for innovation, including the importance of...

Encouraging innovation: Alistair Mowat

An education environment that provides opportunities for students to work together on group projects can...

Knowledge domains: biospife

Alistair Mowat of ZESPRI and Dr Martin Markotsis of Scion discuss the areas of in-depth knowledge that were...

People, networks and knowledge: biospife

Alistair Mowat of ZESPRI discusses some of the key people and organisations that were involved in the...

Meet an innovator: Dr Martin Markotsis

Dr Martin Markotsis of Scion identifies key personal skills that help him contribute to innovation.

Meet an innovator: Alistair Mowat

Alistair Mowat of ZESPRI discusses personal skills that help him contribute to innovation.

The ZESPRI biospife

The biospife – a novel tool produced through a partnership between ZESPRI and Scion – is made from...

Biodegradability, compostability and bioplastics

Bioplastics are a form of plastic that can be made from renewable bio-based resources. Many bioplastics are...

Bioplastics

Bioplastics are plastic materials that are either biodegradable or derived from renewable resources or both....

Dr Martin Markotsis

Polymer scientist, Scion.
Field: Science research

Alistair Mowat

Innovation Leader - Sustainability, ZESPRI International Limited.
Field: Horticulture

ZESPRI

ZESPRI International Limited is the largest kiwifruit marketer in the world. ZESPRI works with growers to...

Key Terms

This resource provides explanations of the key terms encountered when exploring Innovation.

A modern landfill

Plastic waste takes up approximately 20% of a modern landfill.

Australian compostability standard symbol

Australian compostability standard AS4736-2006 symbol.

Domestic compost system

A typical domestic compost system.

Industrial compost facility

Conditions in an industrial compost facility are tightly controlled.

Pack of kiwifruit

Kiwifruit pack with spife included for convenient eating.

Plastic: a versatile material

A range of everyday plastic products.

The waste hierarchy

The waste hierarchy ranks the options for dealing with waste.

ZESPRI at FRUIT LOGISTICA 2013

The ZESPRI stand at an international trade show.

ZESPRI biospife

The biospife is made from bioplastic material that incorporates kiwifruit residues.

ZESPRI spife

The original ZESPRI spife.