One look inside a store’s freezer will do. Nothing stays unpackaged in here. Fruits, vegetables, meat and cheese, everything is packaged and even in multiple layers. Groceries are supposed to last as long as possible, be germfree, filled with nutrients and should look appetizing on top of everything else. That this is only possible if food is packaged in sophisticated composites is something we like to overlook.
Innovative packaging with biofoils - Innovative packaging with biofoils
The European Union (EU) funded Project Wheylayer includes companies and organizations from the packaging, recycling and dairy industries as well as research facilities. The Fraunhofer Institute for Process Engineering and Packaging IVV in Freising, Germany, is one of the 14 project partners and from 2008 until 2011 worked on the development of a sustainable and new packaging material. Process engineer Florian Wild explains the uniqueness of this material and the current state of development.
Interview with Florian Wild, Fraunhofer Institute for Process Engineering and Packaging - Whey for packaging goods
Interview with Winfried Batzke, Managing Director, German Packaging Institute (Deutsches Verpackungsinstitut e.V.)
During the past few years the use and applications of bioplastics have steadily increased from 180,000 tons in 2008 to 724,000 tons in 2010. The trade association European Bioplastics estimates that in the year 2015 worldwide 1.7 million tons will be produced. Bioplastics are regarded as the salvation of the packaging industry, but they still eke out a niche existence despite promising beginnings. In our interview, Winfried Batzke, Managing Director of the German Packaging Institute, points out strengths and weaknesses of bioplastics.
Interview with Winfried Batzke, Managing Director, German Packaging Institute (Deutsches Verpackungsinstitut e.V.) - Nothing works without an efficient material cycle