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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.

Coordinator

PLASTIPOLIS

Address

Rue Pierre Et Marie Curie 180
01115 Oyonnax

France

Activity type

Other

EU Contribution

€ 358 574

Administrative Contact

Charlotte Thevenet (Ms.)

Participants (8)

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TURKIYE ZIRAAT ODALARI BIRLIGI IKTISADI ISLETMESI

Turkey

EU Contribution

€ 141 492

MGH GUTES AUS HESSEN GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 372 905

BIOPAC (UK) LIMITED

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 372 760

MECA FONCTION

France

EU Contribution

€ 164 376,13

RODENAS Y RIVERA SA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 237 986

TECNOLOGIAS AVANZADAS INSPIRALIA SL

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 20 508

ASOCIACION EMPRESARIAL DE INVESTIGACION CENTRO TECNOLOGICO DEL CALZADOY DEL PLASTICO DE LA REGION DE MURCIA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 12 008

STICHTING WAGENINGEN RESEARCH

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 16 670

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 304987

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 November 2012

  • End date

    31 October 2015

Funded under:

FP7-SME

  • Overall budget:

    € 2 333 073,38

  • EU contribution

    € 1 697 279,13

Coordinated by:

PLASTIPOLIS

France