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Consumer-safe and thermally-stable bioplastic formulation with controlled biodegradation properties for agricultural and horticultural accessories

Objective

The consumption of plastic materials in agriculture and horticulture in EU has dramatically increased in the last decades posing serious problems of environmental and economic concerns. Agriculture and Horticulture sector generates about 1.2 Mt of plastic waste per year in the Europe, where almost 30% (336 Kt) are coming from accessories such as nets and clips for plant support and plastics pots and trays for greenhouses and bed-seeds. The recycling of these products is very expensive and time-consuming due to the high labour cost for the collection and the impossibility to be automatized. In addition, these products must be low-cost and stable during storage and use. So far, existing bio-degradable plastics have serious product costs and performance issues that are unacceptable to agricultural-horticultural professionals. In addition, there are no clear methods to test the migration levels of biodegradable agricultural plastics in contact with agri-food during their growth.
By joining the efforts of three National Associations from Agricultural, Bioplastic and Food Quality sectors, DEGRICOL Consortium will develop cost-competitive, 100% natural-based bioplastic formulation based on a thermally stable and crystalline PLA matrix for the manufacturing of Agriculture and Horticulture accessories. Such formulation will contain natural fillers (such as lignin or chitosan) isolated from animal- and agro-residues to further reduce costs and, and bio-surfactants (humic acid-like) isolated from compost of urban food or agro-residues to improve and control the biodegradation process according to their use. In addition, These accessories, pots and clips (manufactured through injection moulding process) and tutors and nets (trough fibre-extrusion process) will have the requirements necessary to fulfil the normative EN13432 regarding biodegradation and compostability, and Directive 2007/19/CE regarding total Migration Limit of plastics in contact with food-products.

Call for proposal

FP7-SME-2012
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Funding Scheme

BSG-SME-AG - Research for SME associations/groupings

Coordinator

POLYMERIS
Address
180 Rue Pierre Et Marie Curie Maison Des Entreprises
01115 Bellignat
France
Activity type
Other
EU contribution
€ 358 574
Administrative Contact
Charlotte Thevenet (Ms.)

Participants (8)

TURKIYE ZIRAAT ODALARI BIRLIGI IKTISADI ISLETMESI
Turkey
EU contribution
€ 141 492
Address
Gazi Mustafa Kemal Bulvari 25
06440 Ankara
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Vedat Koç (Mr.)
MGH GUTES AUS HESSEN GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 372 905
Address
Homburger Strasse 9
61169 Friedberg
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Madeleine Altenhein (Ms.)
BIOPAC (UK) LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 372 760
Address
Aintree Road Units 19 & 20 Keytec Business Park
WR10 2JN Pershore
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
John Bright (Mr.)
MECA FONCTION

Participation ended

France
EU contribution
€ 164 376,13
Address
Chemin De Savoyan - Zone Industrielle Des Brosses
38540 Heyrieux
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Trong Ngon Nguyen (Mr.)
RODENAS Y RIVERA SA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 237 986
Address
Paseo De La Estacion 1
02400 Hellin Albacete
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
María Dolores Rodenas Rivera (Ms.)
TECNOLOGIAS AVANZADAS INSPIRALIA SL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 20 508
Address
Calle Manuel Tovar 49
28034 Madrid
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Alfredo Sanchez (Mr.)
ASOCIACION EMPRESARIAL DE INVESTIGACION CENTRO TECNOLOGICO DEL CALZADOY DEL PLASTICO DE LA REGION DE MURCIA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 12 008
Address
Avenida Europa 4 5 Poligono Industrial Las Salinas
30840 Alhama De Murcia
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Rafael Losana Martinez (Mr.)
STICHTING WAGENINGEN RESEARCH
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 16 670
Address
Droevendaalsesteeg 4
6708 PB Wageningen
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Tosca Groeneveld (Mrs.)