The BioBarr project will focus its efforts to respond to the industrial and technological challenge of developing a new fully biodegradable food packaging with barrier performances that allow at least 10% extension of the shelf life, overcoming so the obstacles in performance that have up to date limited the food applications of totally biodegradable biopolymers.
The novel solutions applied in the Project concern the smart combination of advanced technological elements such as:
The combination of these elements into an advanced food packaging represent the substantial technological advance compared to the existing because it allows to overcome performance, processing and economic drawbacks that current biomaterials tested for food packaging present.
The final product will be completely bio-based, respecting the environment.
The innovative functionalization treatments, to which PHAs will be submitted, will be validated in real industrial and processing conditions. It will be taken into account the criteria that apply to conventional packaging materials associated with foods, such as:
Improved mechanical and/or functional properties, which guarantee its resistance and reliability along the producing cycle and during storage and distribution
It is eco-friendly (bio-based material, biodegradable)
This new material will extend, at least, the shelf life of packaged product by 10%.
Reduction of costs, as compared to on-market materials, mainly due to the low energy demanding and low costs of production of the new bio-based material proposed by the project.