PACKAGING
EU-backed Biobottle project aims to develop biodegrable dairy packaging / Alternative to recycling / Aimplas coordinates
Spain’s Technological Institute of Plastic (Aimplas, Valencia; www.aimplas.es), is coordinating the work of seven European companies and technology centres in five countries on developing new biodegradable packaging for dairy products. The “Biobottle” project aims to create multilayer and monolayer plastic bottles that can be discarded with other organic waste and do not have to be recycled at considerable expense.

As Aimplas – a non-profit research agency – notes, milk bottles are used only once, thus generating a large volume of waste. To be recycled, the packaging has to undergo an exhaustive high temperature washing process that the dairy and packaging industries would prefer to avoid.

One of the main barriers to developing the organic packaging is finding, Aimplas said, is finding a biodegradable material that meets the strict requirements of the dairy industry as well as conventional packaging. This includes resistance to high-temperature treatments such as sterilisation or pasteurisation. To this end, the researchers expect to have to modify the biodegradable materials currently in commercial use through reactive extrusion to overcome thermal limitations.

The Biobottle project is receiving EUR 1m in financial support under the EU’s Seventh Framework Programme. European countries are the world’s largest consumers of dairy products, the bulk of which is packaged in HDPE bottles. Although the material is completely recyclable, post-consumption management normally should not be a problem, Aimplas comments, adding that, “in fact, however, only 10-15% of the 2m t of HDPE used for packaging is actually recycled” – (see also Plasteurope.com of 21.05.2014).
14.07.2014 Plasteurope.com [228701-0]
Published on 14.07.2014

© 2001-2020 Plasteurope.com  |  Imprint  |  Privacy

Plasteurope.com is a business information platform for the European plastics industry. It is part of KI Kunststoff Information and PIE Plastics Information Europe, one of the leading content providers for the European plastics industry. We offer daily updated business news and reports, in-depth market analysis, polymer prices and other services for the international plastics industry, including a suppliers guide, career opportunities, a trade name directory and videos.

News | Polymer Prices | Material Databases | Plastics Exchange | Suppliers Guide | Jobs | Trade Names | Videos | Associations & Institutions | Register | Advertising

PIE – Plastics Information Europe | KI – Kunststoff Information | KunststoffWeb | Plastics Material Exchange | Polyglobe | K-Profi
© 2001-2020 by Plasteurope.com, Bad Homburg
Date of print: 03.04.2020 00:02:40   (Ref: 774147063)
Text and images are subject to copyright and other laws for protection of intellectual property.
Any duplication or distribution in any media as a whole or in parts requires prior written approval by Plasteurope. URL: http://www.plasteurope.com/news/detail.asp