Advanced technologies for active and eco-friendly packaging
EcoPackLab aims to create a sustainable and innovative packaging system for quality improvement of packed food during its storage. The project makes use of both University of Bologna laboratories and industrial supply chains, by means of an integrated and interdisciplinary approach on quality, safety, sustainability and logistics efficiency, that takes advantages of integrated and complementary knowledge in the various aspects of the food packaging area.
- Creation of a pilot laboratory "network" for the design and production of new active and eco-friendly packaging, with pre-industrial validation;
- Creation of new flexible active packaging for the food industry, activated by antimicrobial and/or antioxidant active compounds;
- Application of cold plasma advanced technology to promote the adhesion of multi-layer flexible films, in place of synthetic adhesives and primers;
- Improvement of stability, quality characteristics and shelf-life extension of foods packed in the new active packaging solutions, thus reducing and/or avoiding the use of preservatives in their formulations;
- Improvement of logistics efficiency: reduction of costs and environmental impact of realized packaging.
The EcoPackLab prototype
The prototype machine is able to produce films that can be tested by involved companies, through their own equipment. Partner companies may validate the new eco-friendly packaging solutions in their industrial production. Obtained feedback will be used for improvement and optimization actions.