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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.
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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)

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LUCCA-CENTRO SERVIZI PER L'ECONOMIA SOCIETA' CONSORTILE A RESPONSABILITA' LIMITATA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 217 390

GOSPODARSKO INTERESNO ZDRUZENJE GROZD PLASTTEHNIKA - GIZ GROZD PLASTTEHNIKA

Slovenia

EU Contribution

€ 184 047

LLETERS DE CATALUNYA LLET NOSTRA SC

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 102 338

TUERKIYE SUET ET GIDA SANAYICILERI VE UERETICILERI BIRLIGI DERNEGI

Turkey

EU Contribution

€ 65 042

FACHVERBAND DER NAHRUNGS UND GENUSSMITTELINDUSTRIE

Austria

EU Contribution

€ 371 362

POTRAVINARSKA KOMORA CESKE REPUBLIKY

Czechia

EU Contribution

€ 177 709

MEIEREI GENOSSENSCHAFT EG LANGENHORN

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 382 475

THE FOOD MACHINERY COMPANY LIMITED

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 324 009

LAJOVIC TUBA EMBALAZA DOO

Slovenia

EU Contribution

€ 216 972

GASCOGNE LAMINATES SAS

France

EU Contribution

€ 103 617

TETRA PAK PACKAGING SOLUTIONS AB

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 237 321

FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 2 060

UNIVERSITA DI PISA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 18 400

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 315313

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 November 2012

  • End date

    31 October 2015

Funded under:

FP7-SME

  • Overall budget:

    € 3 351 457,80

  • EU contribution

    € 2 470 930

Coordinated by:

IRIS TECHNOLOGY SOLUTIONS, SOCIEDAD LIMITADA

Spain