Innovation: Ecoefficient Biodegradable Composite Advanced Packaging

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EcoBioCAP will provide the EU food industry with customizable, ecoefficient, biodegradable packaging solutions with direct benefits both for the environment and EU consumers in terms of food quality and safety. This next-generation packaging will be developed using advanced composite structures based on constituents (bio-polyesters, fibres, proteins, poly-phenolic compounds, bio-adhesives and high performance bio-additives) derived from food (oil, dairy, cereal and beer) industry by-products only and by applying innovative processing strategies to enable customisation of the packaging's properties to fit the functional, cost, safety and environmental impact requirements of the targeted fresh perishable foods (fruit and vegetable, cheese and ready to eat meal).

Demonstration activities with SMEs and industrial partners will enable the EcoBioCAP technology to be optimised in terms stability, safety, environmental impact and cost-effectiveness before full exploitation. The development of a decision support system for use by the whole packaging chain will make the EcoBioCAP technology is accessible to all stakeholders. Extensive outreach activities will not only disseminate the project results to the scientific community but also ensure that consumers and end-users are informed of the usage conditions and benefits of such bio-degradable packaging and how it should be disposed of.

PROJECT GOALS:

Development of biodegradable food packaging
The overall objective of EcoBioCAP is to provide the EU food industry with customizable, ecoefficient, biodegradable packaging solutions with direct benefits both for the environment and EU consumers in terms of food quality and safety.

To achieve this overall objective EcoBioCAP will:
Carry out a strategic analysis of stakeholders requirements in terms of food quality and safety (WP1), but also cost, technical and environmental impact, in order to provide the right inputs to the further steps of the project, with the development of modelling and decision support tools.
Produce, select and characterise constituents issued from food industry by-products, to be used to develop finalised packaging materials, based on these requirements (WP2);
Develop a variety of optimized multilayer composite materials for flexible and semi-rigid (trays) biodegradable packaging with barriers and respiring properties to fulfill the requirements of the targeted food types (WP3);
Investigate the key issues of physico-chemical and microbial stability and safety of the developed packaging materials. (WP4);
Evaluate the environmental impact of the EcoBioCAP packaging across the full life-cycle (WP5);
Assess the up-scalability of the packaging solutions developed at lab scale; assess the efficacy of packaging prototypes in preserving food quality and safety and optimise the EcoBioCAP packaging technology via industrial pilots in preparation for full exploitation (WP6).
Scientific and technological objectives:

At a Scientific level the objectives are to:
Characterize and understand the behaviour of the biodegradable constituents obtained from by-products: biopolyester, fibres, polyphenolic components, proteins and high performance (nano) additives;
Decipher the relationships between material structure at different scales (from molecular to macroscopic), the resulting functional properties and processing characteristics and limitations;
Understand the molecular and structural bases underlying the stability, safety, and ecotoxicity of the developed biodegradable packaging materials.

At a technological level the objectives are to,
Set up a “reverse engineering” method starting from food requirements (in terms of mass transfer), translate these requirements into material functional properties, and then finally material formulation and structure;
Modify/optimize material structure based on the understanding of their behaviour and assess the overall value of conventional and novel technologies (such as high voltage spinning) in the generation of property balanced packaging materials and structures;
Develop decision-support systems taking into account quantitative and non quantitative constraints such as machinability, consumer acceptance, food safety, carbon footprint, etc. This approach is intended to facilitate the design of biodegradable packaging based on a requirement-driven approach.

At an industrial level the objectives are to,
Design tailored-made integrated pathways for converting food industry by-products into biodegradable packaging constituents integrating environmental and safety requirements such as carbon footprint, energy and water consumption, health impact, etc.
Design fabrication processes for biodegradable complex (composite or multilayer) materials integrating environmental requirements such as carbon footprint, energy and water consumption, ecotoxicity, etc.
Add value to the agrobusiness industry by enabling exploitation of agricultural by-products without competing with food/feed usages.

Summary : EcoBioCAP will provide the EU food industry with customizable, ecoefficient, biodegradable packaging solutions with direct benefits both for the environment and EU consumers in terms of food quality and safety. This next-generation packaging will be developed using advanced composite structures based on constituents (biopolyesters, fibres, proteins, polyphenolic compounds, bioadhesives and high performance bio-additives) derived from food (oil, dairy, cereal and beer) industry by-products only and by applying innovative processing strategies to enable customisation of the packaging’s properties to fit the functional, cost, safety and environmental impact requirements of the targeted fresh perishable foods (fruit and vegetable, cheese and ready to eat meal). Demonstration activities with SMEs and industrial partners will enable the EcoBioCAP technology to be optimised in terms stability, safety, environmental impact and cost-effectiveness before full exploitation. The
development of a decision support system for use by the whole packaging chain will make the EcoBioCAP technology is accessible to all stakeholders. Extensive outreach activities will not only disseminate the project results to the scientific community but also ensure that consumers and end-users are informed of the usage conditions and benefits of such bio-degradable packaging and how it should be disposed of.
Within the EcoBioCAP FP7 project a
generation packaging will be developed using advanced composite structures based on constituents derived from the food industry by-products only and by applying innovative processing strategies to enable customisation of the packaging properties to fit the functional, cost, safety and environmental impact requirements of the targeted fresh perishable food.

Overall objective:
The overall objective of EcoBioCAP is to provide the EU food industry with customizable,
ecoefficient, biodegradable packaging solutions with direct benefits both for the environment and EU consumers in terms of food quality and safety.

Scope of the project :
EcoBioCAP is designed around the main following specifications

Ensuring food quality and safety preservation
Environment friendliness and sustainable development
Industrial competitiveness

Expected results:
Support the development of biodegradable food packaging from food industry by-products and address food and packaging European competitiveness while ensuring consumer and environmental safety.

EcoBioCAP will support the development of biodegradable food packaging from food industry by-products and address food and packaging European competitiveness while ensuring consumer and environmental safety. This will be done via the following specific achievements:

1.

To create innovative and competitive biodegradable food packaging materials from food industry by-products with strong SME involvement.
2.

To provide relevant scientific knowledge on biodegradable materials science and an integrated knowledge based approach for biodegradable packaging for food.
3.

To provide an answer to society’s concerns regarding food safety and environmental issues of food industry and food packaging.
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This innovation is the result of the project

Title: Ecoefficient Biodegradable Composite Advanced Packaging

Acronym: 
ECOBIOCAP

Runtime: 
01.03.2011 to 28.02.2015

Status: 
on-going project

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INSTITUT NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE AGRONOMIQUE

(France)

Role in project: Project Coordination

Contact person: Ms. TAILLEFERIE Christine

Website: http://www.inra.fr

Phone: +33 4 99 61 31 00

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AGENCIA ESTATAL CONSEJO SUPERIOR DE INVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS

(Spain)

Contact person: Mr. JIMENEZ ARROYO Eusebio

Website: http://www.csic.es

Phone: +34-915668852

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ALMA MATER STUDIORUM-UNIVERSITA DI BOLOGNA

(Italy)

Contact person: Ms. BANDINI Verdiana

Website: http://www.unibo.it

Phone: +39-0512099764

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ALTERBIO FRANCE SARL

(France)

Contact person: Mr. EICHNER Emmanuel

Website: http://www.alterbio.com

Phone: +33-468683828

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CAMPDEN BRI MAGYARORSZAG NONPROFIT KORLATOLT FELELOSSEGU TARSASAG

(Hungary)

Contact person: Mr. BERCZELI Attila

Website: http://www.campden.hu

Phone: +36-14331476

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FRAUNHOFER-GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V

(Germany)

Contact person: Mr. KRAUSE Walter

Website: http://www.fraunhofer.de

Phone: +49 89 12052713

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FROMAGERIE DE HYELZAS

(France)

Contact person: Ms. PRATLONG Florence

Website: http://www.fedou.com

Phone: +33-466456674

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FURST-PLAST

(France)

Contact person: Mr. HREBLAY Jean

Website: http://www.fuerst-plast.fr

Phone: +33-466630900

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INRA TRANSFERT S.A.

(France)

Contact person: Ms. LAGENDIJK Emmanuelle

Website: http://www.inra-transfert.fr

Phone: +33-142759380

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INSTITUTO DE BIOLOGIA EXPERIMENTAL E TECNOLOGICA

(Portugal)

Contact person: Prof. REIS Maria

Website: http://www.ibet.pt

Phone: +351-212948351

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NANOBIOMATTERS SL

(Spain)

Contact person: Ms. SANDRA Cervera

Website: http://www.nanobiomatters.com

Phone: +34-961318628

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NOVAMONT SPA

(Italy)

Contact person: Mr. LO MONACO Gaetano

Website: http://www.novamont.com

Phone: +39-03216-99611

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SIK - INSTITUTET FOER LIVSMEDEL OCH BIOTEKNIK AB

(Sweden)

Contact person: Prof. AHRNÉ Lilia

Website: http://www.sik.se

Phone: +46-704922723

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UNIVERSIDADE DO MINHO

(Portugal)

Contact person: Prof. TEIXEIRA Vasco

Website: http://www.uminho.pt

Phone: +351-253601118

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UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI ROMA LA SAPIENZA

(Italy)

Contact person: Ms. MURDOCCA Cinzia

Website: http://www.uniroma1.it

Phone: +39-0649693261

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UNIVERSITY COLLEGE CORK, NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF IRELAND, CORK

(Ireland)

Contact person: Dr. O'CONNELL David

Website: http://www.ucc.ie

Phone: +353-214205121

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