Flexible plastic packaging: the challenges of producing bio-based multilayer films or monolayers with bioadditives
The use of plastic materials due to their great variety of properties and structures, has caused the plastic packaging sector to represent around 44% of the plastics market . However, these packaging systems, many of which involve the use of multilayer structures for high requirement applications, present issues to be classified and/or recycled (heterogeneity of waste, separation difficulties, degradation, contamination, etc.), with the potential loss of resources, as well as problems in the management of packaging waste.
During the two-part webinar on Business Model Canvas organised by EBAN (European Business Angels Network), Zdenek Fred Fous, co-founder of Encubate, explained how to work with this effective tool to design or adjust a company’s business model.
Nanotechnologies and nanomaterials have created a high interest in recent years due to their unusual mechanical, electrical, optical and magnetic properties and a wide range of potential usages that could produce advancements in medical treatment, pharmaceutical technologies, food transportation and electronics. However, as their production and utilization proceed to develop, so do worries about its effect on people (e.g. health and safety threat to exposed workers and consumers) and the environment.
In Bionanopolys project, the objective of work package 4 is to upgrade the pilot lines involved in the development of bionanocomposites from the use of the nanomaterials synthesized in WP3, solvents, and organic compounds, extracted from different biomass sources. These pilot plants are part of the network 2 and once upgraded they will propose their services in the Bionanopolys OITB.
The BioNanoPolys industrial partners role in the project focus on the development of different user cases by using the biomaterials obtained by the BioNanoPolys partners during the project development and the pilot plants available in the OITB. Therefore, the main goal is the demonstration of the technical feasibility of BioNanoPolys services and pilot plants.
Several partners of Bionanopolys joined the project to bundle expertises on all important aspects about the develeopment of bio-based nanomaterials. Technical support activities will allow to improve the production processes of the pilot lines.
In June 2022, an interview with Prof. Harald Pichler from acib GmbH/ TU Graz and Prof. Stefano Manfredini from Ambrosialab was published: Getting rid of non-recyclable materials – the beauty industry is familiar with this wish and demand.
Bio-based products can make the economy more sustainable and lower its dependence on increasingly expensive and finite fossil and mineral resources, while also working on climate change mitigation. For this reason, the EU has declared the bio-based products sector to be a priority area with high potential for future growth, reindustrialization, and addressing societal challenges.
In Bionanopolys project, one of the objectives of is to upgrade the pilot lines concerning the extraction of raw materials from biomass and the production of nano-additives (Workpackage 3). These pilot plants are part of the Network 1 and once upgraded, they will propose their services in the Bionanopolys OITB.
An Open Innovation Test Bed (OITB) or Open Innovation Ecosystem is a set of entities, providing common access to physical facilities, capabilities and a wide range of services in a specific field of competence. The objective is to assist Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), large enterprises and other stakeholders to bring new innovative materials, products, processes and services closer to the market, “TRL 7” (Technology Readiness Level), within the reach of companies and users.