The uptake of the novel BIO-BOARD system among the packaging industry holds benefits for increased environmental protection, consumer satisfaction and demand in an increasingly environmentally aware market
Over 40% of the 50 million tons of whey produced annually in Europe is discarded, while about 65,000 tons of dried fruit juice protein and 140,000 tons of dried potato pulp are produced during starch production annually within the EU which could be available for new valorisations.
there is a great need to provide producers of coated paper, paperboard and cardboard manufacturers with a bio-based material that will enable them to substitute much of the currently used PE coating without compromising the humidity barrier properties of the resulting packaging materials and overcoming the current challenge to the recycling of such packaging.
BIO-BOARD deals with the “Development of sustainable protein-based paper and paperboard coating systems to increase the recyclability of food and beverage packaging materials“. Read the Final Factsheet.read more
About 7 million tons of coated paper, paperboard and cardboard are currently manufactured annually worldwide. The standard coating material is petrochemical based polyethylene (PE). Typical laminate packaging contains about 20 mass percent of this materialread more
The BIO-BOARD project will build on past research that has revealed that whey protein coating can provide bio-degradable plastic layers that can replace existing plastic coatings in multilayer packaging and enhance their recyclability –by separating the individual fractions of the multilayer packaging.read more