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Project description

Natural alternative material to combat plastic pollution

Plastic pollution is one of the most pressing challenges of the 21st century. An often-proposed solution to the plastic crisis are bioplastics. However as they are not as sustainable as it seems at first sight, industry, consumers and policymakers are looking for alternatives. Traceless is a uniquely sustainable and natural alternative material. Funded by the EIC, the MaEtra project will use agricultural industry by-products to produce the bio-circular material solution, which provides the beneficial properties of plastics while being compostable in the environment. While bio-based, they don’t conflict with food production, or cause land-use-change. No hazardous chemicals are used in the product or process, and production and disposal of traceless emit up to 87% lower CO2 emissions than conventional plastic.


traceless materials is a female-founded circular bioeconomy start-up offering a holistically sustainable alternative to conventional (bio)plastics solving global plastic pollution. For the first time, agricultural industry by-products are used to produce storage-stable films, rigid moulds and coatings that provide the beneficial properties of plastics while being compostable in the environment. While bio-based, traceless materials don’t compete with food production, preventing land-use change. Being neither chemically modified nor synthetically polymerized, we expect them not to fall under the EU Plastic Strategy. And in contrast to conventional (bio)plastics, they don’t need harmful additives and have up to 87% lower CO2 emissions. On industrial production scale, they`ll be price competitive to conventional plastics. With this project we’ll build a demonstration plant for first market entry and contract-signing with pilot customers, making the EU part of the solution - not pollution!

Funding Scheme



Net EU contribution
€ 2 425 149,00
Brook 5
20457 Hamburg

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The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Hamburg Hamburg Hamburg
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Other funding
€ 1 039 349,75