REFUCOAT final conference
On the 5th and 7th of May 2020, the REFUCOAT project successfully held its final conference.
In total, over 115 people attended the online event to discover the results of the project and discuss how to harness innovative sustainable materials to tackle the global challenge of food waste.
In November 2019, REFUCOAT partners worked collaboratively towards defining several REFUCOAT policy recommendations, answering the following questions:
- How can REFUCOAT research contribute to the future of sustainable plastics?
- Which policy gaps need to be tackled to allow that future to become a reality?
Improving the performance of food packaging & reducing landfill waste
REFUCOAT is an EU-funded project aiming to develop fully-recyclable food packaging with enhanced gas barrier properties and new functionalities using high performance coatings. Active coatings will be used in films and trays as an alternative to current metallised and modified atmospheric packaging (MAP) to avoid the use of non-renewable materials in packaging that currently leads to complex and expensive recycling steps.
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Hybrid coating formulations will combine cost-efficiently produced polyglycolic acid (PGA) and modified silica oxide. Fully biodegradable packages for fresh food products will be obtained with middle chain modified PHAs. PGA and PHA based hybrid coatings with high gas barrier properties will be further improved with active substances for improved shelf-life.
The project is focused on two packages; I) the replacement of metallised packages by the use of hybrid barrier coatings for savoury products and cereals and II) the production of middle chain resins to develop a fully recyclable & biodegradable package for chicken meat products.
Meet the partners
REFUCOAT consortium is formed by 12 synergistic partners
The project maximizes exploitation within the Consortium, promoting a circular economy concept, but also considers dissemination and communication in order to maximize the value of the project outcomes, maximize exploitation within the consortium, promoting a circular economy concept, but also considers dissemination and communication in order to maximize the value of the project outcomes.