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Development of a bioplastic package for organic cosmetic creams - BIOBEAUTY -

Objective

The global market for natural and organic cosmetics has never been more promising than today. Europe, being the main cosmetic market worldwide, is a prime target market for companies wishing to explore organic beauty.
A critical success factor for natural cosmetics is product positioning, especially as these products come into direct competition with conventional brands in supermarkets, department stores and pharmacies. Market winners will be those companies that can successfully differentiate their products from competing ones. The need for complete product differentiation for organic cosmetic lines requires a bio package that offers the same environmental credentials as the product that it contains.
Environmental concerns such as plastic waste disposal (Directive 94/62/EC) and depletion of non-renewable resources together with the current trend towards greener formulations and sustainable credentials are a challenging opportunity for the development of alternatives to petroleum-based materials. Moreover, the limitations that bioplastics present in their performance provide a well-defined need for a technological solution.
BioBeauty Project will develop a biopackaging solution for organic skin creams through a combination of nanotechnology and active packaging. It will be based on an environmentally friendly biomaterial such as a PLA bionanocomposite and a natural active agent with antioxidant properties. The incorporation of nanoclays to the biocomposite is to improve the barrier properties of the PLA. The incorporation of natural antioxidants in the packaging is to delay the degradation of cosmetic creams.
The safety of each component will be tested through in vitro toxicological studies.
No commercial solution exist that meet both biodegradable and antioxidant cosmetic product requirements. This brings a big opportunity for SMEs both cosmetics manufacturers and polymer and packaging manufacturers to receive a commercial and economic return on their investment

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/industrial biotechnology/biomaterials/bioplastics/polylactic acid
  • /engineering and technology/materials engineering/composites/biocomposites
  • /social sciences/economics and business/business and management/commerce

Call for proposal

FP7-SME-2013
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Funding Scheme

BSG-SME - Research for SMEs

Coordinator

INSTITUTO TECNOLOGICO DEL EMBALAJE, TRANSPORTE Y LOGISTICA
Address
Calle Albert Einstein 1 Parque Tecnologico De Valencia
46980 Paterna
Spain
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 47 501,53
Administrative Contact
Ana Viñas (Mrs)

Participants (7)

HERIOT-WATT UNIVERSITY
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 7 875
Address
Riccarton
EH14 4AS Edinburgh
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Eva Olszewska-Day (Dr.)
ALISSI BRONTE S.L.
Spain
EU contribution
€ 101 564
Address
Camino De Las Brontes La Paloma El Palmar
30120 Murcia
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Encarna Abellan Martinez (Mrs.)
ALAN COAR S.A.
Spain
EU contribution
€ 116 242
Address
Calle Alcalde Albors 16
46018 Valencia
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Alfonso Copovi (Dr.)
Vitiva d.d.
Slovenia
EU contribution
€ 158 030,69
Address
Nova Vas Pri Markovcih 98
2281 Markovci
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Majda Hadolin Kolar (Mrs)
MARTIN SNIJDER HOLDING BV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 240 632,09
Address
Kraailand 18
3828 HS Hoogland
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Martin Snijder (Mr.)
ETABLISSEMENTS BUGNON
France
EU contribution
€ 163 495,19
Address
Avenue Des Grabilles 5 Bis
74500 Lugrin
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Sylvie Grangeot (Mrs)
Miniland S.A.
Spain
EU contribution
€ 259 658,50
Address
Calle La Patronal 8 Y 10 Poligono Industrial La Marjal
03430 Onil Alicante
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Carlos Balmaseda Jordá (Mr.)