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About this event

We are proud to present the results and lessons learnt of this three-year pan-European collaboration on bio-based recyclable food packaging.

This two-session interactive webinar will replace the in-person event planned in Brussels.

The innovative way of being all connected online will evoke great discussions on the food waste and how we can harness innovative sustainable materials to tackle this global challenge.

Inspirational talks by our keynote speakers will bring you new insights on how the optimise food packaging. During the breakout sessions, hosted by our project partners, you’ll have the opportunity to discuss and brainstorm with fellow attendees.

What you will hear about:

  • How REFUCOAT’s innovative materials, coatings and sustainable packaging structures contribute  to a circular bioeconomy and tackling the food waste challenge
  • Learnings and best practices for working with bio-based packaging materials
  • Bio-based food packaging as a sustainable alternative to current packaging

Day 1: Environmental and regulatory challenges related to bio-plastics
Tuesday 5th May 2020 – 10:00 -12:00 (CEST)

·Keynote and Q&A by Tristram Stuart, author and food waste campaigner

·Highlights of REFUCOAT key outcomes (part 1)

Day 2: The technology behind bio-plastics
Thursday 7th May 2020 – 14:00-16:00 (CEST)

·Keynote and Q&A by Dr Andrew Dent, Executive Vice President, Research (Material ConneXion)

·Highlights of REFUCOAT key outcomes (part 2)

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Keynote speakers

Tristram Stuart
Author and food waste campaigner
Tristram Stuart, international award-winning author, speaker, campaigner and expert on the environmental and social impacts of food. His books have been described as “a genuinely revelatory contribution to the history of human ideas” (The Times). The environmental organisation he founded, Feedback (, works to regenerate nature by transforming our food system. He is also the founder of Toast Ale ( which upcycles unsold fre+d other aligned charities worldwide. After 3 years of operations, Toast saved more than 1 million slices of bread from going to waste. Tristram is an official UN Champion of SDG 12.3 to halve food waste by 2030. He won the international environmental award in 2011, The Sophie Prize. He is an Ashoka Fellow, a National Geographic Emerging Explorer and a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader. Read more. 
Andrew Dent, PhD
Executive Vice President, Material Research, Material ConneXion
For 20 years Dr. Dent has helped hundreds of clients launch or improve existing products by identifying new sustainable solutions. He has worked in both academia and industry at: Cambridge University, Rolls Royce, the U.S. Navy, NASA, and the British Ministry of Defense. Dr. Dent is also a frequent speaker on sustainable and innovative material strategies, having given talks at TEDxGrandRapids and TEDNYC. He is the co-author of the Material Innovation book series. Read more. 

Lorena Rodríguez
Technical project coordinator REFUCOAT, AIMPLAS

Project coordinator, Lorena Rodriguez Garrido, has 15-year of experience in the packaging industry. At AIMPLAS, she is involved in the printing and coating department focussing on creating sustainable coatings, reducing packaging structures and improving barrier properties.

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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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Science behind

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.

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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.

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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.

Meet the partners


REFUCOAT Policy Brief

During a consortium meeting that was held in November 2019, a organised policy workshop [...]