After 39 months of research, the ECOFUNCO consortium is ready to show some of the final results obtained thanks to BBI JU, BIC and Horizon 2020 funding. 17 research and industrial partners from 8 countries worked together to achieve significant results in bio-based coatings.
Read more here (https://www.ecofunco.eu/project).
ECOFUNCO introductory video
Currently, multi-layers of cellulose or plastics combined with PET, EVOH and PE are widely present in the market and are hard to recycle. ECOFUNCO addresses the challenge of substituting the petro-based version of these products with biodegradable coatings of cellulose or bioplastics based on biomolecules, biopolymers and functional materials coming from agri-food waste streams.
ECOFUNCO: from food waste to biodegradable packaging
The research on biopolymers showed that obtaining biodegradable coatings comparable to fossil-based ones was possible thanks to the collaboration between partners. Different institutions shared their discoveries to achieve the best solutions.
Discover more here (https://www.ecofunco.eu/news)
The processes and materials developed in the project are not meant to stay in the project. During the 3 years, partners have been keen on disseminating their results. They have participated in more than 70 events, published 12 open access articles and shared their knowledge in one workshop and one scientific conference.
Discover the results in the latest video: Transforming food by-products into compostable packaging – Results from the ECOFUNCO project (https://youtu.be/LxTBM28GlEw)