Development of active, intelligent and sustainable food packaging using polybutylene succinate - SUCCIPACK (Visit the Project website)
(18 partners - 3 years from January 2012 to December 2014)
Food packaging plays a crucial role in preserving the quality and safety of food during distribution and storage from farm to fork, but contributes to the generation of waste. The European food packaging industry needs sustainable food packaging materials in combination with flexible packaging technologies to stay competitive on the global market. The new functional (active and intelligent), sustainable and consumer-oriented solutions have to ensure the safety and quality of food, reduce food losses, and reduce the environmental impact of food packaging. The industrial applicability of the research has to be demonstrated together with a positive impact on the environment via a Life Cycle Assessment of the whole value chain carried out according to the International Reference Life Cycle Data System (ILCD) Handbook.
Upgrading of textile products using enzymes - TEXT-ENZ
(5 partners - 3 years from November 2011 to November 2014)
The sustainability of the Textile and Clothing Industry in Europe strongly depends on a new multidisciplinary approach based on innovative high quality products and flexible, environmentally-friendly production systems. Thus, the project has two targets: a) the development of biotechnological/chemoenzymatic processing for the synthesis of novel biodegradable polymers with a potential to provide fibers which will be used as raw material for the textile industry and b) biotechnological/enzymatic processing for cellulose-based, as well as for synthetic textile materials, with an emphasis on saving of energy, water, chemicals and waste materials, involved in wet processing and dyeing of textile materials. In conclusion, the research will lead to new biodegradable polymers which are suitable for the production of textile fibres and cellulose based and synthetic textile products with high quality features induced through surface enzymatic modification.
Production of High Quality Recycled Polypropylene and its Use for Fiber and Packaging Material Applications - ANAPLASI
(6 partners - 3 years from June 2012 to June 2015)
The concept of the project lays in the development of economical and environment-friendly polypropylene (PP) recycling methods, in order to obtain recycled plastic of high quality. This will subsequently be used as raw material for the production of new end-products either in closed or in open loop recycling systems. Industrial scrap constitutes the most appropriate type of plastic waste to be recycled. The recycling method that will be applied in the frame of the project is the so-called mechanical recycling, which involves granulating, separating of foreign matter, dehydration and, finally, remelting and remolding the plastic waste, by adding the proper stabilizers (remelting/restabilization) or reactants (reactive extrusion) to lead to high quality ending products. The aim is to use the recycled polypropylene in equal or even higher-demanding applications compared to those of the corresponding virgin material.
(30 countries, over 95 companies and institutions - 4 years from March 2015 to March 2019)
The main objective of the Action is to develop a knowledge-based network on sustainable, active and intelligent fibre-based packaging in order to overcome current technological, industrial, and social limitations that hinder the wide deployment of existing and newly developed solutions in market applications. Prof. Papaspyrides has been nominated as a Management Committee Member, representing Greece.
Research and development of new fibre-based packaging materials with active and intelligent features have shown huge potential to optimise the supply chain, and increase the shelf-life of foodstuff and enhance consumer consciousness of food utilisation. Very few of the potential solutions have, however, been able to reach the market.
This Action aims to identify and focus on the key technical, social, economic and legislative factors relevant for a successful deployment of renewable fibre-based functional packaging solutions. This will be achieved by conducting research and development into active and intelligent packaging, encompassing both scientific and technical solutions, addressing the opportunities for, and obstacles to, market introduction. The innovative approach of this Action lies in the sharp focus on the integration of active and intelligent solutions in papermaking in order to create next-generation functional fibre-based packaging. The Action will achieve the objectives by providing an open multidisciplinary platform for the complete paper and board packaging value chain and aims at strong involvement of industrial partners throughout Europe. Sustainable fibre-based packaging materials with new and active functionalities may help to introduce new products on the market with higher value and profits for paper and board manufacturers than traditional products.