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Active and intelligent biobased packaging: from R&D to industrialization

Published on April 21, 2015
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Between 2010 and 2014, the Laboratory of Pulp and Paper Science and Graphic Arts (LGP2), represented by Julien Bras, Associate Professor at Grenoble INP-Pagora, played an active role in the European programme for scientific and technological cooperation (COST FP1003) in the field of biobased packaging: BioMatPack. This scientific and industrial partnership between several European countries has led to a variety of initiatives. In March 2015, it took a fresh step forward with the launch of the ActInPak project (COST FP1405) on active and intelligent packaging.

The purpose of BioMatPack was to identify new renewable packaging solutions created from biobased materials. For four years, the programme supported European partnership-based research by funding and organising meetings, conferences, research trips and training schools.
Upon its completion, three advisory brochures were published for the benefit of manufacturers and research centres with an interest in the topic.
  • Moving from oil-based to biobased packaging – Key material aspects for consideration – A brief introduction to the current state of biobased packaging applications, the potential alternatives offered by renewable packaging, and today’s opportunities and challenges.
  • Key sustainability aspects and opportunities to consider in moving from oil-based packaging to fibre-based plastic packaging – This document describes the value chain behind a product's packaging and explains the key sustainability aspects of each life-cycle stage, while highlighting the differences between oil-based and fibre-based plastic packaging. In doing so, it presents the various opportunities generated by fibre-based plastic packaging in terms of sustainability. It also presents the different tools available to assess sustainability as well as upcoming sustainability trends in the area of fibre-based packaging.
  • End-of-life solutions for fiber and bio-based packaging materials – key aspects and opportunities – Aimed at packaging manufacturers, this brochure presents current end-of-life solutions for biomass-based packaging materials. It covers standardisation, legislation and the socio-economic aspects of renewable packaging in Europe. The document also offers an overview of the end-of-life solutions available for bio-based packaging materials and highlights the main challenges that stand in the way of their efficient recovery.
Meanwhile, over the last few years, R&D work on new materials for the manufacture of active and intelligent packaging has demonstrated their immense potential in terms of optimising the supply chain, increasing food shelf life and satisfying consumer expectations when it comes to food packaging. However, very few of the various solutions available have made it onto the market.

That is why, over 2015-2019, ActInPak (Active and intelligent fibre-based packaging – innovation and market introduction) will aim to identify and target the key technical, social, economic and legislative factors that will enable active and intelligent packaging made from biobased materials to be launched and deployed on the market.
This COST programme involves 69 scientific and industrial partners from 25 European countries and is jointly run by Bumaga, Netherlands (Chair: Sanne Tiekstra), LGP2, France (Vice-chair: Julien Bras) and the University of Bologna, Italy (Marco Giacinti: STSM manager). The consortium remains open to contributions from other companies interested in these new developments.

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Date of update April 21, 2015

Université Grenoble Alpes