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Advanced cellulose packaging

Objective

The use of bio-based materials is a promising alternative in the packaging industry to reduce the disposal and the use of non-renewable resources. A 5% substitution of these materials using Modified Atmosphere Packaging (MAP) applications would reduce over 300.000 tons of non renewable plastic packaging wastes disposal. Packaging used in MAP is usually based on multilayer plastic materials that are usually disposed as waste, approximately 300.000 Ton. ADCELLPACK consortium has identified that materials based in cellulose can be an outstanding alternative to substitute materials currently used in MAP.

Changing consumer habits and motivations have benefited cheese consumption, and sliced cheese is an increasing market (>300kton/year), producing a huge quantity of packaging wastes. That is the reason for the selection of cheese as the fresh food product of ADCELLPACK.

ADCELLPACK new solution will provide a readily thermoformable tray mainly composed of cellulose (up to 90% in weight), with improved properties using modified pulp fine fraction. However, it is needed a barrier layer in a porous, hygroscopic medium such as paper. To overcome this limitation, a blend based in polylactic acid (PLA) will be used. PLA lacks of the barrier to oxygen and water needed for modified atmosphere packaging. Therefore, to decrease costs and increase properties, blends with Polyglycolic acid will be considered to produce a coating and a lid for the tray. A whole sustainable solution that will maintain the freshness of the product and assure its food contact safety, will be developed by ADCELLPACK consortium, reaching a shelf life of 4 weeks.

Call for proposal

FP7-SME-2012
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Coordinator

INSTITUTO TECNOLOGICO DEL EMBALAJE, TRANSPORTE Y LOGISTICA
Address
Calle Albert Einstein 1 Parque Tecnologico De Valencia
46980 Paterna
Spain

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Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Carmen Sanchez Reig (Ms.)
EU contribution
€ 61 413

Participants (7)

TEKNOLOGIAN TUTKIMUSKESKUS VTT OY
Finland
EU contribution
€ 35 104
Address
Tekniikantie 21
02150 Espoo

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Administrative Contact
Marja Juvonen (Ms.)
TEKNOLOGIAN TUTKIMUSKESKUS VTT

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Finland
Address
Tekniikantie 4 A
02044 VTT Espoo

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Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Marja Juvonen (Ms.)
PAPELERA DE BRANDIA S.A.
Spain
EU contribution
€ 314 937
Address
Calle Vidan 132 2g
15897 Santiago De Compostela

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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Juan Vilas Lopez (Mr.)
ELASTOPOLI OY
Finland
EU contribution
€ 329 543
Address
Nokiankatu 1
38210 Sastamala

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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Timo Ture (Mr.)
SKYMARK PACKAGING INTERNATIONAL LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 145 537
Address
Manners Industrial Estate, Manners Avenue
DE7 8EF Ilkeston

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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Alan Heappey (Mr.)
DISTRIBUCIONES JUAN LUNA SLU
Spain
EU contribution
€ 158 816
Address
Calle Belgica - Poligono Industrial 19
46430 Sollana

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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Juan Manuel Laserna Ibañez (Mr.)
CENTROS COMERCIALES CARREFOUR SA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 2 640
Address
Calle Campezo 16 Poligono Industrial Las Mercedes
28022 Madrid

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Administrative Contact
Mariano Rodriguez Moya (Mr.)