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Brazilian students develop ‘Plasticor’- a new bioplastic packaging that alerts food deterioration

A team of students at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, campus of Duque de Caxias (UFRJ/DC), Brazil, have formed a start-up in which they have developed a new bioplastic packaging called Plasticor, which gives alert by changing color on spoilage of packed food.

Plasticor packaging contains a biosensor capable of sensing the quality of food and indicating the quality of food if unfit for use. Change of color is a good indicator for better management of food consumption, by giving preference to those whose expiration is closer, plus ensuring the reliability of expired foods that can still be consumed safely.

The multi-disciplinary team comprising of students from different fields including biotechnology, nanotechnology, biophysics and marketing, polymer science PhD student and a designer have worked on the unique development. The team bagged the best project award from a 2017 Hackathon entrepreneurship event organized by UFRJ/DC students and by Sebrae, a non-profit private entity in Brazil that promotes the sustainable and competitive development of small businesses.

Balbino, one of the members of the team, said, “Our packaging is eco-friendly because it doesn’t use chemical additives and doesn’t take years to degrade .”

The team has continued their efforts to improve the product. The number of steps are still to be taken which include further tests required to scale up production, to formalize the start-up and obtain certification from the Ministry of Agriculture and the Sanitary Surveillance Agency (ANVISA) needed before the product is brought to the market.

The team is now keen to produce it on a mass scale and take it to market. The team has set up a crowdfunding campaign on a platform called Kickante and is looking for investors.

» Publication Date: 27/11/2018

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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].

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