GoneShells: Bio-based degradable packaging – step 1

GoneShells is an innovative concept of biodegradable materials that challenges our conventional idea of how a packaging can be designed with the aim of offering an alternative to paper, plastic and glass for packaging of food. The materials consist of a starch-based core coated with a biobased biodegradable barrier against liquid, oil and oxygen. With a transparent, flexible packaging with a different perception than traditional packaging materials provide, as well as the possibility to make them edible, new opportunities open up to arouse interest not only from a sustainability perspective, but also in terms of new ways for how food packaging can be designed.

The purpose of the hypothesis is to verify that a type of flexible starch-based material can be coated with a bio-based barrier and show that these components can meet the specifications required for food packaging. If this can be proven in combination with the development of prototypes, the potential for upscaling and commercialization is substantial. Since the concept can replace both fossil-based raw materials for packaging with renewable bio-based ones, and enables efficient decomposition of the packaging after use, there is already a great interest from stakeholders.

Participants

Tomorrow Machine and Eckes-Granini.

Budget & time plan

The project’s total budget is 1 MSEK and the project runs during six months – between May and October 2021.