UPLIFT – Sustainable Plastics for the Food and Drink Packaging Industry

UPLIFT project is developing scalable enzymatic and microbial conversion processes to selectively depolymerize and upcycle plastic packaging waste currently considered unrecyclable.

The idea is to integrate the fossil-based (depolymerized) plastic monomers with bio-based (fermented) building blocks, in order to obtain more carbon-neutral polymers. Eco-design of renewable and easy-recyclable eco-polymers will pave the way to a sustainable plastic system, making packaging an available feedstock for the circular economy, also thanks to a biorefinery approach. By keeping plastic waste in the loop and integrating biobased building blocks, instead of virgin fossil-based monomers, UPLIFT will reduce plastic waste generation and greenhouse gas emissions associated with its production.

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Project Coordinator 

  • Aalborg University

Project Partners

  • Forschungszentrum Jülich
  • Austrian Center of Industrial Biotechnology
  • Technical University of Denmark
  • Lunds University
  • Tecnaro Gmbh
  • Bio-Mi d.o.o
  • Bio Base Euope Pilot Plant
  •  Leibniz Institute für Natrustoff und infektionsbiologie – Hans Knöll Institut
  • Associcion de investigación de Materiales Plasticos y Conexas
  • University College Dublin
  • Bioplatech Ltd.
  • Sustainable Innovation Europe SL
  • Rheinisch-Westfälische Technische Hochschule Aachen
  • I/S Vestforbrænding