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Biodegradable solutions for packaging of liquid dairy products




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.

To develop a new biodegradable material that allows maintaining the shelf-life of selected diary products in comparison with traditional packages.
All polymers and additives used and the chemical reaction proposed will be fulfill the FDA and European regulations
Pasteurized packages must be dimensionally and physically stable at temperatures of use
Be Thermally and mechanically resistant
Be processable by traditional plastic processing methods
To achieve the same weight than conventional packaging
Be completely biodegradable after its useful life
Be harmless after biodegradation
Full mechanically recyclable product
Competitive cost compared to current packages


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]

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for Research, technological development and demonstration (FP7/2007-2013) under grant agreement n° [606350].

AIMPLAS Instituto Tecnológico del Plástico
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