Circular economy, new biodegradable and “smart” materials

ENEA technology with possible applications for food packaging, furnishings and means of transport

Composite materials 100% biodegradable and compostable, “smart” films that change color in case of deterioration of food or that prolong its expiry date. These are the new “green plastics” developed by the ENEA Research Center in Brindisi for possible applications in food packaging, furnishings and internal coatings for means of transport.
Bioplastics are obtained from the transformation of sugars contained in corn and beets, while biocomposites have been obtained by adding additives from the processing of waste of the typical agri-food sectors of the area to the bioplastic.
“We have been committed to the challenge for sustainability for years, in line with the principles of enhancing local resources and the circular economy,” explained researcher of ENEA Claudia Massaro. “We have dedicated ourselves in particular to the development of solutions to reduce the environmental impact of containers at the end of their life, in line with the objectives of the European directive “Single use plastics” which has banned the use of many disposable plastic products by 2021 and established, starting from 2025, a minimum mandatory content of recycled material in plastic bottles equal to 25%, which will rise to 30% in 2030,” adds Massaro.

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24 February 2020 - 15:44 CET