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Novel packaging films and textiles with tailored end of life and performance based on bio-based copolymers and coatings

Project description

A new shopping bag made from bio-based plastic

The plastic shopping bag we use today was invented in 1965. By the 1980s, the plastic bag revolution was in full swing with grocers and department stores around the world using them. It was a simple decision since plastic bags are stronger and cheaper compared to paper. Reducing plastic bag use is a priority for the EU today. The EU-funded BIOnTop project will help shape the future of the plastics sector via recyclable-by-design cost-competitive packaging solutions. The packaging will be made from renewable resources and will be biodegradable in home-composting conditions as well as recyclable for secondary packaging.

Objective

Only 31% of plastic is currently recycled and plastic packaging still have a deficient end of life. Thus, improvements are needed to provide cost effective solutions with high bio-based contents and suitable performances for demanding packaging applications, with a consumption of 19M ton/year, while still achieving compostability in mild conditions.
Using sustainably sourced comonomers, additives and fillers to formulate novel PLA copolymers and compounds, the BIOnTOP project will deliver recyclable-by-design cost competitive packaging solutions that can be mechanically recycled, industrially/home composted or even suitable for anaerobic digestion.
Moreover, the barrier properties of delivered bio-packaging trays, films and derived packaging, will be enhanced using removable protein-based coatings and a novel fatty acid grafting technology to decrease permeability and compete with fossil packaging.
In the field of textile packaging , most used coatings are not bio-based and of different nature from the coated fibres, making material or organic recycling extremely difficult. New PLA coatings or fatty grafting will allow reprocessing without significant loss of properties.
BIOnTOP packaging, based on >85% renewable resources, will be compatible with a broad range of packaging applications’ requirements but also multiple end of Life options. Our materials will be biodegradable in home composting conditions but also recyclable for multiple use secondary packaging.
Based on new circular bioeconomy value chains, BIOnTOP will generate growth for EU bioplastics and end users’ industries in the food and personal care sectors with potential in many fields: BIOnTOP production is estimated to reach close to 9.6 Mton per year by 2030, overall leading to €40 M turnover and 170 new jobs. All in all, reducing the environmental footprint of plastics, our new bio-based packaging will have a significant positive social and environmental impact.

Coordinator

AIMPLAS - ASOCIACION DE INVESTIGACION DE MATERIALES PLASTICOS Y CONEXAS
Net EU contribution
€ 648 954,25
Address
VALENCIA PARC TECHNOLOGIC CALLE GUSTAVE EIFFEL 4
46980 PATERNA VALENCIA
Spain

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SME

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

Yes
Region
Este Comunitat Valenciana Valencia/València
Activity type
Research Organisations
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Total cost
€ 669 025,00

Participants (24)