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Development of sustainable protein-based paper and paperboard coating systems to increase the recyclability of food and beverage packaging materials

Objective

Worldwide about 7 million tonnes of coated paper, paperboard and cardboard (cartons) are currently manufactured annually mainly for food and beverage packaging. The standard coating material currently used is petrochemical-based polyethylene (PE). Typical laminate packaging contains about 20% of this material. Increased political, legislative and consumer pressure to reduce the dependency on fossil fuel based plastics poses a major challenge for packaging producers to seek sustainably sourced alternative materials that do not harm the environment in their manufacture, exhibit enhanced recyclability and offer similar performance to their conventional plastic counterparts. There is a need to provide producers of coated carton manufacturers with a bio-based material that will enable them to substitute much of the currently used PE coating without compromising the humidity barrier properties of the resulting packaging materials and overcome the current challenge to the recycling of such packaging.
This project will build on past research that has revealed that Whey protein coating can replace existing plastic coatings in multilayer packaging and enhance their recyclability. A coating system will be developed based on renewable raw materials derived from agrofood waste and its technological application for extrusion coating cartons to produce packaging materials for both solid and liquid food products. The innovative coating formulations will be based on proteins from whey and potato starch. The resulting laminates will be validated for their suitability to replace the currently used synthetic plastics in a range of carton packaging materials and the improvement of the recycling process whereby the biodegradation of the extruded bio-coating will allow separating more easily the other combined layers will also be proved. Uptake of the novel bio-material will increase the sustainability and competitiveness of the EU packaging industry.

Call for proposal

FP7-SME-2012
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Coordinator

IRIS TECHNOLOGY SOLUTIONS, SOCIEDAD LIMITADA
Address
Calle Velazquez, No 94 Primera Planta
28006 Madrid
Spain
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 68 188
Administrative Contact
Colm Digby (Mr.)

Participants (13)

LUCCA-CENTRO SERVIZI PER L'ECONOMIA SOCIETA' CONSORTILE A RESPONSABILITA' LIMITATA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 217 390
Address
Traversa Prima Di Via Della Chiesa Di Sorbano Del 231
55100 Lucca
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Marco Buchignani (Mr.)
GOSPODARSKO INTERESNO ZDRUZENJE GROZD PLASTTEHNIKA - GIZ GROZD PLASTTEHNIKA
Slovenia
EU contribution
€ 184 047
Address
Kidriceva Ulica 25
3000 Celje
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Janez Navodnik (Mr.)
LLETERS DE CATALUNYA LLET NOSTRA SC
Spain
EU contribution
€ 102 338
Address
Calle Sant Jordi 3 1R
17412 Macanet De La Selva
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Montserrat Balcells Boix (Ms.)
TUERKIYE SUET ET GIDA SANAYICILERI VE UERETICILERI BIRLIGI DERNEGI
Turkey
EU contribution
€ 65 042
Address
Mustafa Kemal Mahallesi 2125 Sok A Blok 6/8
06510 Ankara
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Us Melek (Ms.)
FACHVERBAND DER NAHRUNGS UND GENUSSMITTELINDUSTRIE
Austria
EU contribution
€ 371 362
Address
Zaunergasse 1 3
1030 Wien
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Michael Blass (Dr.)
POTRAVINARSKA KOMORA CESKE REPUBLIKY
Czechia
EU contribution
€ 177 709
Address
Pocernicka 96
108 03 Praha 10
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
šárka štejnarová (Ms.)
MEIEREI GENOSSENSCHAFT EG LANGENHORN
Germany
EU contribution
€ 382 475
Address
Bahnhofsweg 1
25842 Langenhorn
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Arne Rahn (Mr.)
THE FOOD MACHINERY COMPANY LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 324 009
Address
Fenn Corner St Mary Hoo
ME3 8RF Rochester
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Lee Gapper (Mr.)
LAJOVIC TUBA EMBALAZA DOO
Slovenia
EU contribution
€ 216 972
Address
Verovskova 66
1000 Ljubljana
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Milan Gruden (Mr.)
GASCOGNE LAMINATES SAS
France
EU contribution
€ 103 617
Address
Rue Louis Blanc 1
40100 Dax
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Florian Chapalain (Mr.)
TETRA PAK PACKAGING SOLUTIONS AB
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 237 321
Address
Ruben Rausings Gata
221 86 Lund
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Thorbjörn Andersson (Mrs.)
FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.
Germany
EU contribution
€ 2 060
Address
Hansastrasse 27C
80686 Munchen
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Walter Krause (Mr.)
UNIVERSITA DI PISA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 18 400
Address
Lungarno Pacinotti 43/44
56126 Pisa
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Ada Immacolata Viva (Ms.)