Companies from the agri-food and packaging sector ―Ametller Origen, Delafruit, Coberagelab, Samtack and Salaet―, business links such as the Consorcio de la Zona Franca and Mercabarna, a research center of the UdG and IRTA, join forces in the Foodwaste for project Foodpack, which promotes and coordinates the Packaging Cluster.
Within this project, with an approximate duration of two years, it is planned to create a new circular system between the food and packaging sector in which the waste generated by the agri-food industry is converted into raw material for the packaging sector to produce compostable primary or secondary packaging. Foodwaste for foodpack becomes an opportunity to reduce the environmental impact derived from organic waste from food production, turning the organic by-product into a high value-added raw material that provides a sustainable alternative to the use of virgin raw materials and plastic.
The fiber-based material will be obtained using the existing technology for the manufacture of paper, cardboard and/or fiberboard whose formulation does not compromise its compostability and the final value of the packaging. Applications of the result obtained as food packaging material will be sought and work will be done to functionalize these materials and provide them with antimicrobial properties that contribute to extending the useful life of food. The project proposes a solution that promotes the circular economy, focusing on three pillars:
1. Valorization of food waste from food transformation processes.
2. Reduction in the use of virgin raw materials, mainly plastic, as packaging material.
3. Design that ensures the final recovery of the container.