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New sustainable, functionalized and competitive PHB material based in fruit by-products getting advanced solutions for packaging and non-packaging applications

Objective

The EU fruit juice and nectars market stood at a healthy 11.3 billion litres in 2009. A 60% of total volume consumed is packaged with carton, a 25% with PET and the remainder is packaged with glass (13%) and other packaging formats (2%).Environmental sustainability concerns are rising on the public agenda, becoming even more relevant to the consumers.The EU juice and nectars industry is aware of its important role and responsibility, making use of best practice which involves full LCA to reduce both carbon and water footprint.

Juices and nectars producers have sought to provide the most environmentally friendly packaging available.Meanwhile packaging innovations is getting ahead of developments in recycling.It is illogical that VAT as high as 20% to 25% can be applied to packaged fruit juice.There is a need to join efforts between packaging companies, recycling operators and governments to maximise the latest technology.

The use of conventional polymeric materials petrochemical – based in packaging, represents an important environmental impact and waste generation due to their non-biodegradability. Some alternative materials obtained from renewable resources can be found in the market. These materials fulfil the environmental concerns but they show some limitations in terms of performance like processing by injection and thermal resistance joined to high associated costs. This situation makes necessary research to improve their added value.

The aim of PHBOTTLE project is to develop a new BOTTLE (body, cap & sleeve) from biodegradable material, concretely PHB, which will be obtained by fermentation of wastewater from juice processing industries (renewable biogenic resource); optimising eco and energy efficiency in the material production and processing. The new bottle will be used for juice packaging with a competitive price, although other applications will be also studied (non-food packaging such as cosmetics and non-packaging applications)

Call for proposal

FP7-NMP-2011-SMALL-5
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Coordinator

AINIA
Address
Calle Benjamin Franklin 5-11 Valencia Parc Tecnologic
46980 Paterna Valencia
Spain
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 609 437,41
Administrative Contact
Ana Valera (Dr.)

Participants (11)

AIMPLAS - ASOCIACION DE INVESTIGACION DE MATERIALES PLASTICOS Y CONEXAS
Spain
EU contribution
€ 527 357,25
Address
Valencia Parc Technologic Calle Gustave Eiffel 4
46980 Paterna Valencia
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Santiago Galvez Settier (Mr.)
NEDERLANDSE ORGANISATIE VOOR TOEGEPAST NATUURWETENSCHAPPELIJK ONDERZOEK TNO
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 470 850
Address
Anna Van Buerenplein 1
2595 DA Den Haag
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Ertugrul Solak (Mr.)
INSTITUTO NACIONAL DE TECNOLOGIA INDUSTRIAL
Argentina
EU contribution
€ 262 295,34
Address
Avenida Leandro N. Alem 1067 - 7°
C1001AAF Buenos Aires
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Patricia Eisenberg (Dr.)
LOGOPLASTE INNOVATION LAB LDA
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 250 816
Address
Estrada Da Malveira Ed Logoplaste Mato Romao
2750 782 Cascais
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Miguel Alves (Mr.)
CITRICOS Y REFRESCANTES SA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 73 410
Address
Avenida Partenon 4
28042 Madrid
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Julio Sanchis (Mr.)
VANGUARDIA SD DE RL DE CV

Participation ended

Honduras
Address
Bo. La Guardia 27 - 28
1105 San Pedro Sula
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Juan José Diaz (Mr.)
MEGA EMPACK SA DE CV
Mexico
EU contribution
€ 33 906
Address
Calle Sin Nombre 15682
97160 Merida
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Gonzalo Martin (Mr.)
LOGOPLASTE DO BRASIL LTDA
Brazil
EU contribution
€ 165 708
Address
Alameda Santos Andar 787
01419-001 Sao Paulo
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Pedro Lopes (Mr.)
OMNIFORM SA
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 273 503
Address
Avenue Franklin - Zoning Industriel Nord 2
1301 Wavre
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Alain Wambeke (Dr.)
SIVEL Limited
Bulgaria
EU contribution
€ 41 970
Address
Zahary Stoyanov Street 77
9300 Dobrich
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Simeon Simeneov (Mr.)
AIJN EUROPEAN FRUIT JUICE ASSOCIATION
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 164 396
Address
Rue De La Loi 221/5
1040 Bruxelles
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Karin Batstra (Ms.)