Biodegradable solutions for packaging of liquid dairy products
ABOUT THE PROJECT
The main objectives of BIOBOTTLE
This research proposal intends to develop innovative plastic bottles and bags manufactured in biodegradable
materials that fulfil the requirements for packaging of different types of dairy products.
One of the main drawbacks for the wide application of biodegradable materials currently available on the
market in certain applications is their thermal resistance, in comparison with traditional plastics such as high
density polyethylene. Biodegradable materials show a limited range of
temperatures of use, up to 50-60ºC depending on their composition.
Plastic bottles and bags intended for packaging of dairy products are subjected to medium-high temperature
during sterilization and transportation, and therefore thermal stability of the material is a major drawback of
biodegradable resins to be introduced into this wide market.
To overcome these limitations the use of reactive extrusion is proposed. The process essentially forms chemical
bonds between the polymer chains resulting in a dense network of very high molecular weight. This polymer
becomes less mobile when subjected to heat or mechanical loads, and with this, properties such as heat
distortion, ESCR, creep and abrasion resistance are enhanced.
The main challenge in this project will be modifying the chemical structure of the biodegradable materials to
increase thermal resistance without decreasing their mechanical resistance and their biodegradability properties
for plastic bottles and pouches for the packaging of different types of dairy products.
Consortium which consists of 8 partners
BIOBOTTLE consortium has been built up in order to join all the required technical and managerial expertise and capabilities and market complementarities and exploitation interests to streamline the achievement of Project results to solve the SME Participant (SMEP) needs and facilitate the exploitation of BIOBOTTLE achievements, having representatives of the whole biodegradable package (bottles and pouches for dairy market) value chain. To ensure the Project is steered by the SMEP needs, the SMEP have a prominent role in all the Consortium bodies and decision making procedures.
AIMPLAS Instituto Tecnológico del Plástico
AIMPLAS fields of work are related to technological research and development on plastic materials & products and their transformation processes. [Website]
ALMUPLAS S.L. is a company dedicated to manufacture and distribute packaging, buckets, tubs, containers and other types of packages obtained by means of injection and extrusion blow moulding. [Website]
Vizelpas Lda is a Portuguese flexible packaging company that produces a wide range of products based in several materials such as PE, EVOH, PET, CPP, OPP, OPA and CP... [Website]
Hega Hogar (Aljuan S.L.) was established in 1993 as a company dedicated to manufacture different kinds of thermo-plastic household goods. [Website]
ESPAÇOPLAS-Indústria e Comercializaçao de Plásticos
Espaçoplas was established in January 2002 nd dedicates to the production and commerce of plastic packs on PP, PVC, PE and PET, producing articles for customers who are a reference on... [Website]
Versuchs- und Lehranstalt fuer Brauerei in Berlin
VLB Berlin has been an independent institute at the interface of research, teaching, and industrial practice. We are continually developing our competencies also on an international level... [Website]
Organic Waste Systems N.V.-OWS
OWS is mainly active in the following areas: the area of engineering, construction and operation of composting and biogasification plants, the area of biodegradation and composting laboratory testing.... [Website]
Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche
The institute research covers a wide variety of skills: chemical synthesis, characterization and development of materials, spectroscopic techniques, thermodynamics, calorimetry, molecular modeling techniques... [Website]