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The Project

It is well known that Italian people consider food as one of the “pleasures of life” but maybe what is less known is that Italian consumers waste per year on average over 100 kg, of which 27 Kg is still edible, more than their own weight!

Moreover, packaging materials are produced and consumed in an unsustainable manner, leading to bioaccumulation into our food chain (e.g. plastic debris in fish and birds), water pollution and greenhouse gas emissions. Most of the food packaging has in addition a short use-phase resulting in high waste management costs and damages to the ecosystem. Moreover, barrier properties of current plastic packaging materials are yet insufficient, thus shelf life of food is short and there is a lot of food waste due to poor storage.

To tackle this situation, the BIOSTAR-PACK project aims to reduce the impact of food waste on Italian families and society by promoting the reuse and valorization of organic wastes in the development of a new packaging material, recyclable and able to ensure a longer shelf life to food.

In detail, BIOSTAR-PACK will prepare transparent composites characterized by high barrier towards oxygen and humidity employing as raw materials starch and mineral fillers. Starch will be obtained from organic wastes and it will be suitably modified for the development of light-triggered biodegradable composites for food packaging applications.