Packaging manufacturers cannot address the users need for biodegradable packaging material. A diversity of users like industry, retailers, farmers and medical care are faced with growing pressure to minimize non -degradable packaging waste . The driving force powering the development of biodegradable materials is the sheer quantity of packaging waste. The EC has defined this waste stream to receive priority attention. At present there is no biodegradable alternative for disposable plastics combining all the features, functionalities and economics to become real competitive. Current biodegradable packaging material lacks the combination of required biodegradability, properties, shape and product costs. This project however will develop a competitive alternative through a novel approach introducing micro-scale blends of starches and synthetic polymers using compatabiliser techniques. In Europe, the market potential is estimated up to about 500 000 ton/year .
Funding SchemeEAW - Exploratory awards
08 441 Parisow