Accelerating the Future...
- FINALIST : Food
- Award Year: 2019
- Nominee URL: https://www.barrier.fraunhofer.com/en.html
The Fraunhofer Institute for Silicate Research ISC has developed a coating with silicate and biopolymers that can be used in many different food packaging applications protecting biopolymer packaging and food against premature degradation and is fully compostable. It's Circular Materials Challenge Winner at New Plastics Economy initiative by Ellen MacArthur Foundation.
Most packaging materials for food are not eco-friendly, non-compostable, and likely to produce moisture. Moist environments are ideal breeding grounds for microbes.
A coating that can be used in many different food packaging occasions. It protects biopolymer packaging and food against premature degradation and is fully compostable.
Via inorganic-organic material combinations the properties can be optimized to meet the requirements of specific products.
Moist environments are ideal breeding grounds for microbes - in most cases this is not desired. Therefore, antimicrobial functions are relevant for the food, cosmetics, and pharmaceutical industry. So, we want to make packaging systems safer. The Fraunhofer ISC uses additives to accomplish more safety. The additives with antimicrobial effect are integrated into the coatings and only triggered when the coating comes into contact with moisture - the antimicrobial additives become active. Both the duration and rate of activation of the antimicrobial effect can be controlled by customizing the coating manufacture. This is particularly relevant for packaging foods as fresh fish, meat, cheese, and sausage products each require different protection. This packaging systems can also provide protection for sensitive non-food products such as pharmaceuticals and cosmetics.