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BioProtect Paper: Off-line machine for advanced bio-coating paper

Project description

Redesigning the paper cup

Today’s paper cup is almost perfect. It does not leak, break or melt and it is cheap enough to mass produce. But there is one problem: hundreds of billions of discarded paper cups are piling up. They are lined with plastic and not easily recyclable. The application of petroleum-based derivatives (like waxes and polyethylene) as standard protective coatings is what makes the cups non-recyclable. The EU-funded BioPP project is developing an offline machine that adds a protective coating to paper and cardboard making it not only fully recyclable but also 100 % resistant to water. The new process to produce the paper lining is a simple, rapid and efficient hydrophobisation of cellulose fibres through their reaction with gaseous trichloromethylsilane in mild conditions.

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/materials engineering/coating and films

Call for proposal

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Funding Scheme

SME-1 - SME instrument phase 1


Avenida Carlos I 10 4B C
20011 San Sebastian
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 50 000