AIMPLAS’ biodeg packages

Lower carbon footprint and cost

2
AIMPLAS
AIMPLAS has developed sustainable packages which extend the shelf-life of cheese and fresh pasta

AIMPLAS has coordinated a project to develop new sustainable packages extending the shelf-life of cheese and fresh pasta within the framework of the European project BIO4MAP. The result has been a new generation of barrier, multilayer and transparent packages with a cost 25% lower than conventional ones, with a lower environmental impact and a lower carbon footprint, up to 29%. The combination of different layers of bioplastics (PLA, PVOH and adhesives) and a wax coating obtained from olive leaves, has made possible obtaining packages suitable for containing packaged food in modified atmosphere, insulating the product from oxygen and humidity in order to avoid the growth of bacteria and fungi.

With regard to PLA, it is an easily recyclable material with excellent mechanical properties, and PVOH provides a barrier to gases and is water-soluble, so it disappears in the washing process, thus allowing recycling PLA. Both layers are joined by innovative biodegradable adhesives, while a wax coating made from olive leaves provides a water vapour barrier.
This coating, which does not disappear in the washing process, acts like a plasticizer for PLA, thus improving its flexibility. They are materials that, together, have a carbon footprint 57 % lower than the footprint of materials traditionally used in packaging manufacturing to contain this kind of food.

The Project BIO4MAP is funded by the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme, managed by the Research Executive Agency (REA) and has a duration of 30 months and a
budget of 1.5 million Euros. Among the partners of this project are the intersupplier of Mercadona, Central Quesera Montesinos, a potential and user company of the new packages for goat cheese slices. Similarly, some Spanish companies are also taking part in the project, such as Vallés Plàstic, which is responsible for applying a new coating made of natural waxes and Artibal, a manufacturer of waxes, lacquers and inks, which is responsible for its formulation.

The impact, resilience, and growth of responsible packaging in a wide region are daily chronicled by Packaging South Asia.

A multi-channel B2B publication and digital platform such as Packaging South Asia is always aware of the prospect of new beginnings and renewal. Its 16-year-old print monthly, based in New Delhi, India has demonstrated its commitment to progress and growth. The Indian and Asian packaging industries have shown resilience in the face of ongoing challenges over the past three years.

As we present our publishing plan for 2023, India’s real GDP growth for the financial year ending 31 March 2023 will reach 6.3%. Packaging industry growth has exceeded GDP growth even when allowing for inflation in the past three years.

The capacity for flexible film manufacturing in India increased by 33% over the past three years. With orders in place, we expect another 33% capacity addition from 2023 to 2025. Capacities in monocartons, corrugation, aseptic liquid packaging, and labels have grown similarly. The numbers are positive for most of the economies in the region – our platform increasingly reaches and influences these.

Even given the disruptions of supply chains, raw material prices, and the challenge of responsible and sustainable packaging, packaging in all its creative forms and purposes has significant headroom to grow in India and Asia. Our context and coverage engulf the entire packaging supply chain – from concept to shelf and further – to waste collection and recycling. We target brand owners, product managers, raw material suppliers, packaging designers and converters, and recyclers.

In an admittedly fragmented and textured terrain, this is the right time to plan your participation and marketing support communication – in our impactful and highly targeted business platform. Tell us what you need. Speak and write to our editorial and advertising teams! For advertisement ads1@ippgroup.in , for editorial info@ippgroup.in and for subscriptions subscription@ippgroup.in

– Naresh Khanna

Subscribe Now

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here