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Bio-Based Packaging: Materials, Modifications, Industrial Applications and Sustainability

Abstract: Environmental impacts and consumer concerns have necessitated the study of bio-based materials as alternatives to petrochemicals for packaging applications. The purpose of this review is to summarize synthetic and non-synthetic materials feasible for packaging and textile applications, routes of upscaling, (industrial) applications, evaluation of sustainability, and end-of-life options. The outlined bio-based materials include polylactic acid, polyethylene furanoate, polybutylene succinate, and non-synthetically produced polymers such as polyhydrodyalkanoate, cellulose, starch, proteins, lipids, and waxes. Further emphasis is placed on modification techniques (coating and surface modification), biocomposites, multilayers, and additives used to adjust properties especially for barriers to gas and moisture and to tune their biodegradability. Overall, this review provides a holistic view of bio-based packaging material including processing, and an evaluation of the sustainability of and options for recycling. Thus, this review contributes to increasing the knowledge of available sustainable bio-based packaging material and enhancing the transfer of scientific results into applications.


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BBI JU: a high-impact initiative for green recovery of Europe

Since its inception in 2014, BBI JU has contributed to the development of Europe’s competitive and sustainable bio-based industries sector. Through 123 projects funded by BBI JU, close to 1,000 beneficiaries from 37 countries are laying the foundations for a green recovery of Europe.
The booklet published highlights the environmental, socio-economic and technological impacts of BBI JU, and how BBI JU projects are contributing to the EU’s environment and sustainability goals. The high creation rate of skilled jobs and collaboration links between academia and industry, as well as the great leverage effect of investments made in these projects prove the success of the BBI JU model.
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EU joint project BIOnTop - Research and development of more sustainable packaging concepts - Article in magazine Plastverarbeiter

BIOnTop’s partner Albstadt-Sigmaringen University has published an article about the project at Plastverarbeiter magazine. This publication supports plastics processors in designing production in a cost and resource-efficient way as well as recognizing new market opportunities at an early stage. Innovative products and production strategies are also presented, as are concrete practice problems.

The article gives an overview of the project, focused on polylactic acid material, explaining how different teams work on coating technqiues as well as on composites to increase the barrier and mechanical properties of polylactic acid based films and textiles to develop an environmentally friendly alternative to the plastic packaging currently produced from crude oil.

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D.1.2 Survey of commercial biopolymers, additives & monomers and strategy for further improvement needed

Deliverable D1.2 consists of a survey of commercial grades from different suppliers of the biopolymer PLA of interest for the project. Available diacids for copolymerisation and coating formulations, with special emphasis on diacids produced from bio-sources are listed as well. In the same way, a comprehensive search for selected additives and natural fillers that can be extracted from biomass is reported.

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D1.1 Report on the state-of-the art review

Report including up to date literature (that will feed into review paper(s)), patent and commercial information on home compostable bio-based packaging and textiles among others.

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Emerging circular biobased barrier solutions

Elodie Bugnicourt, from our partner IRIS, has published an interesting article in Bioplastics Magazine about Emerging circular biobased barrier solutions, including those to be developed in BIOnTop Project.

Read the article E. Bugnicourt et al., Bioplastics Magazine, Vol. 5, September 2019

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Joining forces to reach plastics circularity

Our partner IRIS, as an advanced engineering and innovation company, explaines in a blog post how their complementary key enabling technologies in the fields of Circular & Bio-Economy, Photonics and ICTs (Information & Communication Technologies) contribute to circularity in the plastics and related domains throughout their lifecycles. They illustrate, by their increasing number of related projects like BIOnTop, the huge opportunities to do this.

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This project has received funding from the Bio Based Industries Joint Undertaking under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 837761.