Unlocking the potential of Sustainable BiodegradabLe Packaging


USABLE Packaging will develop high performance plastic packaging through a sustainable and fully circular value chain, where the biomass raw material sourcing derives from food processing side streams, to obtain, via a low footprint biochemical processing, a portfolio of bio-based biodegradable building block materials enabling the realisation of complex packaging structures, including laminates and multilayer films, to match key functional requirements of commercial petrochemical plastics, such as gas/ liquid barrier properties, mechanical resistance, cold temperature resistance, hot tack, among others, while enabling the realisation of a full set of packaging items from rigid to semi rigid and flexible by tuning the functionalisation of base resins through bio-synthesis and the compound processing. USABLE Packaging concept is designed to retrofit the existing state of the art packaging processing technology by controlling the chemical and physical properties of the base building blocks materials. With respect to petrochemical peers USABLE Packaging offers a sustainable end-of-life, since on one hand materials are biodegradable with no harm to the environment, on the other hand they have potential to deliver additional economic value through organic recycling for production of biogas, with the same consolidated disposal route as bio-waste, or through biotech recycling, to be used again as feedstock for the production of the same base resins for USABLE Packaging, basically closing again and again the same value chain to re-obtain virgin materials.

Project details

Unibo Team Leader: Annamaria Celli

Unibo involved Department/s:
Dipartimento di Ingegneria Civile, Chimica, Ambientale e dei Materiali

Agencia Estatal Consejo Superior De Investigaciones Cientificas (Csic)(Spain)

Other Participants:
Bioinicia Sl (Spain)
Inra Cnrgv (France)
ALMA MATER STUDIORUM - Università di Bologna (Italy)
Koruma Klor Alkali Sanayi Ve Ticaret Anonim Sirketi (Turkey)
OROGEL Soc. Coop. Agricola (Italy)
CAVIRO Società Coop. Agricola (Italy)
InnoEXC GmbH (Switzerland)
Bio-Mi Drustvo S Ogranicenom Odgovornoscu Za Proizvodnju, Istrazivanjei Razvoj (Croatia)
Agricultural University Of Athens (Greece)
Sonae Center Servicos Ii S.A. (Portugal)
Fundacion Gaiker (Spain)
Publi Embal (France)
Matikem (France)
Poznanska Hodowla Roslin Spolka Z Ograniczona Odpowiedzialnoscia (Poland)
Universite De Montpellier (France)
Innoven Srl (Italy)
Universidade De Santiago De Compostela (Spain)
Bbia (United Kingdom)
Sabio Srl (Italy)
NUOVA OMPI S.R.L. unipersonale (Italy)
"Sapienza" Universita' Di Roma (Italy)
Bio Base Europe Pilot Plant Vzw (Belgium)

Total Eu Contribution: Euro (EUR) 4.813.045,00
Project Duration in months: 36
Start Date: 01/06/2019
End Date: 31/05/2022

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Responsible consumption and production This project contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 836884 This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 836884