EuroPHA project is proposed by four national SME Associations: FECOAM (Agro-food SME association, Spain); SPIF (Swedish Plastics Industry Association, Sweden); PLASTIPOLIS (Competitive Cluster for Plastics Engineering, France); and BPF (British Plastics Federation, UK). We share a common value chain that connects food processing SMEs that use plastic packaging, with SME plastic industries that produce them.
EuroPHA project has been designed to overcome the technical obstacles to turn the linear production chain into a cycle. And their objectives are:
- Reduction of PHA production costs: using low value feedstock as starting material and mixed microbial cultures for a three-phase biological synthesis of PHA:
- Anaerobic acidogenesis
- Mixed microbial culture selection
- PHA accumulation in batch mode
2. Design of an environmentally friendly & cost effective extraction step.
3. Novel formulations of PHA (foam and monolayer film) for food packaging
By achieved the targeted objectives EuroPHA project will develop a final bioplastic material (compounded PHA) that can be industrially processed into novel food packaging products without any modification of current equipment. EuroPHA project products will be >95% bio-based and 100% compostable by EU standards, so consumers will be able to dispose them together with food residues without needing separation. EuroPHA project food bioplastics will be composted and used in agriculture as soil amend for the production of agro-food raw materials for food and drink SMEs. EuroPHA project materials will be bio-based, so they will save CO2 in comparison to petrochemical plastics. EuroPHA project will turn agro-food waste into renewable packaging materials by biotechnological processes, so it will promote sustainable growth and contribute to the European Commission goal of a Bioeconomy.