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Transparent and high barrier biodegradable film and sheet for customized Modified Atmosphere food Packaging

Objective

This research proposal deals with the development of innovative fully biodegradable and recyclable, multilayer flexible and transparent structure for fresh pasta and different types of cheese that requires customized Modified Atmosphere (MAP) by combining at least two different biodegradable thermoplastic materials, mainly polylactic acid (PLA) and polyvinyl alcohol (PVOH). In order to increase/reinforce the barrier against moisture, a biodegradable coating based on natural waxes will cover the inner layer of the multilayer structure. The natural waxes will be extracted from urban sources as well as residues from agriculture.

Furthermore, the differences of permeability between traditional plastic packaging materials (polyolefins, EVOH, polyamides) and BIO4MAP’s proposed ones (PLA and PVOH), require optimization and adjustment of the current combination of gases used to obtain fully biodegradable packages that give similar shelf-life for the food products studied.

BIO4MAP project aims to achieve the following structure by using: Co-extrusion and coating process: PLA/tie/ PVOH/tie/ PLA/coating
To perform the semi-rigid structure, new biodegradable thermoplastic tie-layer (for co-extrusion) will be developed based on the modifications of PLA and PVOH or their copolymers. The biodegradable sheet will be covered by a natural wax based coating, to improve the water vapour permeability of the structure. Moreover, the barrier of the developed packaging needs to be specifically adapted to the modified atmosphere required by the different products (fresh pasta and cheese).

BIO4MAP offers low environmental impact solutions: 1) The new packages will allow the easy recyclability of PLA due to the effortless separation between PVOH and the PLA (PVOH is soluble in water), 2) the new packages will be full compostable in conditions according to the standard UNE-EN 13432 and 3) use of agricultural waste (leaves, greenery) as a raw material source for wax based coating production

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/other engineering and technologies/food and beverages/food packaging
  • /engineering and technology/industrial biotechnology/biomaterials/bioplastics/polylactic acid

Call for proposal

FP7-SME-2013
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Funding Scheme

BSG-SME - Research for SMEs

Coordinator

AIMPLAS - ASOCIACION DE INVESTIGACION DE MATERIALES PLASTICOS Y CONEXAS
Address
Calle Gustave Eiffel 4 Parque Tecnologico De Paterna
46980 Paterna Valencia
Spain
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 40 240
Administrative Contact
Maria Jose Moreto Badia (Ms.)

Participants (10)

HYCAIL OY

Participation ended

Finland
EU contribution
€ 72 218,91
Address
Tykistokatu 4B
20520 Turku
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Svante Wahlbeck (Mr.)
BOBINO PLASTIQUE SAS
France
EU contribution
€ 202 246,22
Address
Zone Artisanale Les Pins
43620 Saint Pal De Mons
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Julien Chalavon (Mr.)
ARTIBAL S.A.
Spain
EU contribution
€ 189 154,06
Address
Cañada Real
22600 Sabinanigo
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
David Royo Grasa (Mr.)
VALLES PLASTIC FILM, S.L.
Spain
EU contribution
€ 183 964,08
Address
Poligono Ind. El Carrascot,
46850 L'olleria
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Estela Valls (Ms)
ALTONI-KELDERMAN NV
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 118 762,87
Address
Sluizenstraat 101
2900 Schoten
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Georges Michielsen (Mr.)
CENTRAL QUESERA MONTESINOS SL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 121 987,70
Address
Vereda Real S/n
30520 Jumilla Murcia
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Encarnación Mª Navarro Perán (Dr.)
SACHSENMILCH LEPPERSDORF GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 25 998,18
Address
An Den Breiten 10
01454 Wachau (Ortsteil Seifersdorf)
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Katharina Görnitz (Ms.)
FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.
Germany
Address
Hansastrasse 27C
80686 Munchen
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Walter Krause (Mr.)
ABO AKADEMI
Finland
EU contribution
€ 38 323,36
Address
Domkyrkotorget 3
20500 Abo
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Carl-Eric Wilen (Prof.)
MAPEA SARL
France
EU contribution
€ 121 094,45
Address
Za Du Parc, Secteur Gampille
42490 Fraisses
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
René Genillon (Dr.)