January 25, 2018

VTT awarded for bio-based packaging solution

VTT's packaging material extends the shelf life of food and is most suitable for dry and greasy products, such as nuts, cereals, coffee condiments and raisins.
VTT's packaging material extends the shelf life of food and is most suitable for dry and greasy products, such as nuts, cereals, coffee condiments and raisins.
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VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland has been awarded 200 000 US dollars by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation for its packaging solution made of cellulose.

VTT split the prize pool of one million US dollars with four other winners for solutions that tackle the urgent global microplastics problem. According to estimates, eight million tonnes of plastic ends up in oceans every year.

The plastic-like packaging material is compostable and lightweight, and combines cellulose films with different complementary properties. It could be commercialised within three to five years, according to VTT.

“In a new plastics economy, plastics will never become waste or enter the ocean in the first place,” says Dame Ellen MacArthur. “To get there will require new levels of commitment and collaboration from industry, governments, designers and startups. I hope these innovations will inspire even more progress, helping to build a system in which all plastic materials are reused, recycled or safely composted.”

The winners will also partake in a one-year New Plastic Economy Accelerator Programme, in which they will receive expert support to make their innovations marketable. The best contestant will be awarded with an additional one million-US dollar prize.

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