Bioplastics for the Circular Economy

The development of biodegradable and bio-based plastics is key to implementing circular economy models in the plastics sector. The USABLE PACKAGING project builds an entire value chain for high performance bioplastic packaging, that is both bio-based and biodegradable and does not compete with the food chain.
Bioplastic compounders / converters

Bioplastic compounders / converters

USABLE PACKAGING adopts state of the art technologies to develop high performance bioplastics, which are essential to respond to the end-use requirements of consumer packaging.
The compounding of base resins enables the extension of performance range, whilst electro spinning and bio-lamination technologies make fully bio-based and biodegradable multi-layer film accessible.

Bioplastic functionalisation

Bioplastic functionalisation

USABLE PACKAGING aims to fine-tune bioplastics functionality by reactive and non-reactive extrusion processing. This is very important to ensure the high performance required for consumer end use, within the mono material packaging concept.

Conversion of biomass into bioplastic

Conversion of biomass into bioplastic

USABLE PACKAGING includes processing technologies for the conversion of biomass into bioplastics. Control over the polymer production step makes it possible to design the product in a way that boosts performance. Additionally, the choice of biomass side streams from food industry is crucial to deliver the circular value chain.

ALONG THE BIO-BASED PACKAGING VALUE CHAIN

AN EXCERPT FROM THE PROJECT PARTNERS
BARILLA

BARILLA

BREAD PASTA

KORUMA

KORUMA

CHEMICALS

OROGEL

OROGEL

FROZEN VEGETABLES & FISH

PHR

PHR

AGRICS

NUOVA OMPI

NUOVA OMPI

PHARMA

SONAE

SONAE

PACKAGING

FROM THE FOOD CHAIN TO PACKAGING, BACK TO FOOD AND ENERGY.

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USABLE PACKAGING webinar – Portuguese

The objective of the Usable Packaging project, launched in June 2019 for a three-year programme of research, is to develop a compostable packaging material using food industry by-products and food waste, to be used as an alternative to fossil-based, environmentally harmful equivalents for food, pharmaceutical and clothing packaging. The project is funded by the Bio-Based Industries Joint Undertaking as part of the EU Horizon 2020 programme. On 30 June, BBIA hosted a webinar in Portuguese in partnership with Nova-Id.

COORDINATION

Prof. Jose Maria Lagaron

María Pardo-Figuerez, Ph.D.

Novel Packaging Materials and Nanotechnology Group, IATA-CSIC

www.iata.csic.es

MEDIA CONTACT

David Newman

Managing Director BBIA

www.bbia.org.uk


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