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Whey protein-coated plastic films to replace expensive polymers and increase recyclability

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 218340

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 November 2008

  • End date

    31 October 2011

Funded under:

FP7-SME

  • Overall budget:

    € 3 328 381,78

  • EU contribution

    € 2 529 732,70

Coordinated by:

PIMEC PETITA I MITJANA EMPRESA DE C ATALUNYA

Spain

Objective

In the food industry, the oxidation of fats, oils, and other food components produces off-flavours, off-colours and nutrient loss. Protection against oxygen is a vital requirement of food packaging. Common synthetic polyolefin films such as PE and PP are excellent moisture barriers, but must be coated or laminated with synthetic polymers including EVOH and PVDC copolymers to provide an oxygen barrier. The resulting polymeric structures, while effective in minimising the permeation of oxygen, water vapour, and odour, are characterised by their poor reuse due to difficulties in separating each layer for its individual recycling. For this reason, scientists are continually investigating alternative packaging materials such as the use of biopolymers. Despite all the advantages offered by biopolymer films, they present limitations in their application due to a series of physical properties and difficulties in formation. Recent academic studies reveal that whey, the milk protein by-product of cheese production, acts as a good moisture-barrier film with acceptable mechanical integrity. In addition, the use of whey coating on plastic films can improve the recyclability and reuse of the plastic layer by removing the whey protein chemically or enzymatically. This present project will build on past research in order to arrive at a commercially feasible technique for developing whey coated plastic films, without compromising the oxygen or moisture barrier performance of conventional plastic films, while increasing their recyclability. The impact of this project will be considerable and embraces many issues: finding a value-added commercial use of currently discarded whey protein, replacing harmful petroleum-based plastics with a natural by-product which would safeguard the performance and enhance the recyclability of substrate film, meeting to growing consumer and political environmental concerns, thus adding huge value for EU packaging, food and dairy industries.
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Coordinator

PIMEC PETITA I MITJANA EMPRESA DE C ATALUNYA

Address

Calle Viladomat 174
08015 Barcelona

Spain

Activity type

Other

EU Contribution

€ 359 354,37

Administrative Contact

Fran De La Torre (Mr.)

Participants (14)

MAGYAR VEGYIPARI SZOVETSEG

Hungary

EU Contribution

€ 239 752

GOSPODARSKO INTERESNO ZDRUZENJE GROZD PLASTTEHNIKA - GIZ GROZD PLASTTEHNIKA

Slovenia

EU Contribution

€ 237 058

ASSOCIAZIONE NAZIONALE RICICLATORIE RIGENERATORI MATERIE PLASTICHE

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 237 376

LLETERS DE CATALUNYA LLET NOSTRA SC

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 214 766

LAJOVIC TUBA EMBALAZA DOO

Slovenia

EU Contribution

€ 172 177

CENTRO EUROPEO SVILUPPO APPLICAZIONI PLASTICHE SRL CONSORTILE

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 281 032

MUKI LABOR MUANYAG VIZSGALO ES FEJLESZTO KFT - MUKI LABOR POLYMER TESTING AND DEVELOPMENT LTD

Hungary

EU Contribution

€ 1 853,42

MEIEREI GENOSSENSCHAFT EG LANGENHORN

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 233 162

DUNREIDY ENGINEERING LIMITED

Ireland

EU Contribution

€ 282 926

FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 38 614

VEREIN ZUR FORDERUNG DES TECHNOLOGIETRANSFERS AN DER HOCHSCHULE BREMERHAVEN EV

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 27 802

UNIVERSITA DI PISA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 24 920

IRIS TECHNOLOGY SOLUTIONS, SOCIEDAD LIMITADA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 66 615,70

MANUFACTURAS SERVIPLAST SA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 112 324,21

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 218340

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 November 2008

  • End date

    31 October 2011

Funded under:

FP7-SME

  • Overall budget:

    € 3 328 381,78

  • EU contribution

    € 2 529 732,70

Coordinated by:

PIMEC PETITA I MITJANA EMPRESA DE C ATALUNYA

Spain