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BIOnTop obtains promising results in the development of new recyclable and compostable packaging
22/07/2020

In its first year, the European project BIOnTop has achieved good results in its experimental work on copolymers and compounds with customized biodegradability and multifunctional coating solutions with customized properties. Although these tasks are currently ongoing, the first trials have shown promising results. 
Another task performed in this first year was defining the specifications for PLA-based products with customized end of life and properties. Two technical deliverables and one scientific paper have been published with these initial project results. The first deliverable is an extensive review of the state of the art, including scientific papers, patents and commercial information on biodegradable household packaging and textiles. The information in this deliverable was consulted to write the paper Bio-Based Packaging: Materials, Modifications, Industrial Applications and Sustainability, published in the international scientific journal Polymers (ISSN 2073-4360). The second deliverable consists of a compilation of information on commercial biopolymers, additives and monomers, including suppliers and prices, in order to select the source materials to be used to start working with the laboratory scale-up formulation in upcoming project activities. All three documents are accessible through this website (dissemination-publications).  The paper is also available on the journal website.

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BBI JU: a high-impact initiative for green recovery of Europe
16/06/2020

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
27/05/2020

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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BIOnTop at 13th International Conference on Bio-based materials
15/05/2020

Rafael Alonso, main researcher of BIOnTop Project at AIMPLAS, participated on the 2nd day (13/05/2020) of the 13th International Conference on Bio-based materials organized by nova-Institut GmbH. This conference is the second largest event on bio-based materials in Europe, with around 250 participants and 30 exhibitors, and continues to expand. Due to the Corona crisis, this year's conference couldn't take place in its established and appreciated format but it was held online.

Rafael Alonso was one of the selected speakers with its presentation "Novel bio-based polymers and biomolecules for sustainable packaging developments". He presented BIOnTop and three more projects in which AIMPLAS is involved on this subject.

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BIOnTop at REFUCOAT virtual event
05/05/2020

Researchers from the EU-funded project REFUCOAT presented key outcomes during their virtual event “From plastics to policy: how can we improve the performance of food packaging?” The event was held in two parts:

  • Session 1 on Tuesday 5 May: Environmental and regulatory challenges related to bio-plastics
  • Session 2 on Thursday 7 May: The technology behind bio-plastics

Over 100 participants gathered online to hear presentations about key results coming from the project which will end in September 2020.

Elodie Bugnicourt, from our partner IRIS and also partner in REFUCOAT Project, mentioned BIOnTop's approach in the presentation Recycling of complex packaging structures.

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Emerging circular biobased barrier solutions
02/09/2019

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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Kick-off Meeting of the BIOnTop Project
19/06/2019

Kick-off Meeting of the BIOnTop Project, coordinated by AIMPLAS, was held on the 17th and 18th June 2019.

The four-year project aims at delivering bio-based recyclable-by-design cost competitive packaging solutions that can be mechanically recycled, industrially or home compostable, or suitable for anaerobic digestion.

Leading experts from 21 organisations based in 8 European countries form the project consortium. At this first meeting, they could share their general view of the project and to plan in detail the steps to be taken in the next 6 months.

During this first stage of the project, the progress will focus on the definition of specifications for PLA derived products with tailored end of life and properties and the development of copolymers and compounds with tailored biodegradability.

During the meeting, partners also visited AIMPLAS’s facilities, where the meeting was held.

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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.