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Biobased plastics for food packaging

Goal: Biobased plastics often appear to have physiochemical properties (e.g. air / oxygen / water vapor permeability, modulus, etc.) that are particularly suitable for food packaging. However, they are still not used in large quantities in the packaging marketplace. In order to change this situation and increase the sustainability of the food packaging industry, a project tendered by the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (Germany) has started with Fraunhofer Intstitute for Process Engineering and Packaging (IVV), Institute for Energy and Environmental Research (ifeu) and narocon Innovation Consulting Harald Kaeb.
The aim of the project is to determine the potential and action required to increase the use of biobased plastic packaging for food contact applications.
The current market situation in Germany will be evaluated by narocon and ifeu, as will the potential market for biobased plastics in the food industry. Barriers were examined which currently limit their application. Ifeu will assess environmental effects during the whole life cycle of biobased plastic packaging materials, including disposal. Fraunhofer IVV will classify biobased packaging materials based on their technofunctional properties and evaluate their suitability for different food products, including their compliance with food legislation.
The project furthermore seeks to identify existing market barriers and to connect the actors along the supply chain, a task where all three partners are involved. The ultimate goal is to deliver proposals to the German Government for specific actions to increase the acceptance and use of biobased plastics for food packaging applications.
Tender by Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture, Germany
Project term: 1.4.2016 to 31.12.2017
Project funding: Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture via Fachagentur Nachwachsende Rohstoffe FNR

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In der vorliegenden Studie wurden die aktuellen Marktverhältnisse, erkennbare Hemmnisse sowie mögliche Handlungsfelder für biobasierte Kunststoffe im Einsatz als Verpackung für Lebensmittel herausgearbeitet. Dabei wurden alle für die Marktakteure relevanten Aspekte einbezogen. So wur-den die technofunktionalen Anwendungsmöglichkeiten im Vergleich zu fossilen Kunststoffen aufge-zeigt und mit bereits existierenden Verpackungsbeispielen aus dem deutschen sowie außerdeut-schen Lebensmittelhandel hinterlegt bzw. anhand von ausgewählten Fallbeispielen vertieft analy-siert. Ebenso wurden die Randbedingungen der verbraucherrechtlichen Zulassung beschrieben und eine Einordnung biobasierter Kunststoffverpackungen mit Blick auf wesentliche Umwelt- und Nach-haltigkeitsanforderungen vorgenommen.
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Monday 12.03.2018, 10:30-17:00
Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL), Wilhelmstraße 54, 10117 Berlin
 
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Biobased plastics often appear to have physiochemical properties (e.g. air / oxygen / water vapor permeability, modulus, etc.) that are particularly suitable for food packaging. However, they are still not used in large quantities in the packaging marketplace. In order to change this situation and increase the sustainability of the food packaging industry, a project tendered by the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (Germany) has started with Fraunhofer Intstitute for Process Engineering and Packaging (IVV), Institute for Energy and Environmental Research (ifeu) and narocon Innovation Consulting Harald Kaeb.
The aim of the project is to determine the potential and action required to increase the use of biobased plastic packaging for food contact applications.
The current market situation in Germany will be evaluated by narocon and ifeu, as will the potential market for biobased plastics in the food industry. Barriers were examined which currently limit their application. Ifeu will assess environmental effects during the whole life cycle of biobased plastic packaging materials, including disposal. Fraunhofer IVV will classify biobased packaging materials based on their technofunctional properties and evaluate their suitability for different food products, including their compliance with food legislation.
The project furthermore seeks to identify existing market barriers and to connect the actors along the supply chain, a task where all three partners are involved. The ultimate goal is to deliver proposals to the German Government for specific actions to increase the acceptance and use of biobased plastics for food packaging applications.
Tender by Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture, Germany
Project term: 1.4.2016 to 31.12.2017
Project funding: Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture via Fachagentur Nachwachsende Rohstoffe FNR