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CORNET Research Project: ACTIPOLY
 22 Déc 2015



In Europe, nearly two billion tons of fresh food packaged under modified atmosphere were consumed in 2013, and the number keeps growing. Another big number related to packaged fresh foods is the amount of waste: about 40% of finished products are not consumed. Part of the wastage occurs in the supply chain (storage, transport and distribution), which means that the food being thrown away is still packaged! This shows that conventional modified atmosphere packaging is not always sufficient to guarantee the preservation of food.

Moreover, packaging thrown away along with food are usually oil-based, and can only be recovered through combustion. Therefore, food and packaging waste is both an economic and ecological challenge.

ACTIPOLY is a European CORNET project which aims at developing an alternative biobased and biodegradable packaging solution that would improve the protection of fresh foods.

Several materials will be developed in order to put together a complete packaging:
  • A thermoformable paper-based tray coated with biobased polymers to make it gas- and waterproof,
  • A top lid film made of biobased plastic.
Natural antimicrobial substances will also be incorporated in the developed materials in order to extend the food shelf-life. The finished packaging will be proof tested in real conditions with fresh meat under modified atmosphere.

The final packaging will be fully compostable and able to replace conventional plastic packaging for fresh food.

The project partners are:
  • The Association West Pomerian Cluster “Green Chemistry” (Poland)
  • ATB - Leibniz Institute for Agricultural Engineering (Germany)
  • Celabor (Wallonia, Belgium)
  • MateriaNova (Wallonia, Belgium)
  • PTS - Papiertechnische Stiftung (Germany) – Coordinator
  • Pack4Food VZW (Flanders, Belgium)
  • Sirris (Flanders, Belgium)
  • The West Pomeranian University of Technology (Poland)
 
This project started in May 2015 and will last two years.

http://www.cornet-actipoly.eu/





 
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