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Fraunhofer – Eco need for #PlasticFree packaging

EARTO Innovation Awards 2020 – Impact Expected Category


The high demand for Europe to be climate-neutral by 2030, as part of the European Green Deal, has forced the Circular Economy Action Plan to focus on the production of sustainable products, especially in the plastics’ sector. To achieve this target, it is important to adopt new technologies that contribute to solving the global crisis with sustainable packaging solutions, using bio-based materials.

Innovation: EARTO Member Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, on behalf of its Institute of Silicate Research (ISC), has developed the bioORMOCER® innovation which aims at replacing the current multilayer plastics packaging into a mono-material orpaperbased, compostable and/or recyclable packaging, with a bio-based coating material.  Thanks to its low thickness and high functionality, this novel concept offers a comparable barrier protection on plastics and paper substrates, while reusing vegetable waste or fruit residues to avoid food crops and price increase of food.

Impact Expected: The bioORMOCER® packaging solution shows a way to solve existing challenges regarding pollution, sustainability and social responsibility. This technology can be part of the growing bioplastic market, expecting to reach a 20% growth by 2024, and can help to decrease plastics’ packaging waste by 5%. The bioORMOCER® solution can reduce CO2 emissions, energy and material consumption and, at the same time, it can maximise the independence from fossil resources.

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The Fraunhofer- Gesellschaft is a German RTO, which has a clearly defined mission of application-oriented research, focusing on key technologies of relevance to the future.