Background

Plastics deliver value through convenient, versatile and lightweight consumer products and advanced performance in high end applications, but our current single-use, linear consumption model is broken. In line with the Plastic Strategy for Europe, the time has come to stop the depletion, landfilling and incineration and shift to a Circular Model in the plastic sector; improving the recycling rate but also the value of secondary raw materials from plastic recycling.

Key project: MultiCycle

MultiCycle is an Innovation Action that will deliver an industrial recycling pilot plant for thermoplastic based multi-materials using the patented CreaSolv® process as a key enabling step towards the realization of a circular plastics economy. It will demonstrate the shift to a circular economic model in two important industrial segments; multilayer packaging/flexible films and fibre-reinforced thermoplastic composites in the automotive sector.

Launched to provide impact and dissemination support for MultiCycle, the Circular Plastics Helix is a virtual community of experts in the circular economy and plastics. It is led by AIMPLAS, the Plastics Technology Centre in Spain with 30 years of experience in the plastics industry, providing solutions to companies throughout the value chain, from raw material manufacturers to plastic processors, end users and recyclers.

Key project: PRESERVE

PRESERVE aims at boosting the circular use of bio-based packaging. To shift from the current situation (fossil-based, limited recycling), we build on award-winning upcycling strategies from past and on-going projects. We will enhance the performance of primary food packaging via bio-based barrier coatings for bioplastic and paper/board substrates.

The processes required to produce at least 10 packaging demonstrators will be upscaled. The enhanced bio-packaging will be validated with different types of food and drinks. Recovered biopolymers will be upcycled in added value applications such as packaging for personal care products and reusable carrier packaging (using textiles and composites). The versatility of our end of life options, materials, flexible and rigid packaging types and compatibility with different processes, ensure that PRESERVE results are relevant to more than 60% of the plastic packaging on the market.

By contributing to the EU Plastics Strategy in a circular economy, the PRESERVE circular renewably sourced packaging solutions and derived upcycled applications will not only optimally preserve the food and drink but also our environment and its finite resources.

The PRESERVE project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 952983 🇪🇺

Standardization in plastics and circular economy

Past Event

Wed, Apr 27, 2022 10:00 AM - Wed, Apr 27, 2022 01:00 PM

upPE-T, PRESERVE and UPLIFT are organising this event to build a high-level meeting point for stakeholders across Europe to show how standardisation can support valorising research and innovation (R&I) results. The workshop will be divided into three parts: during the first one, the workshop will count on different short talks to frame the standardization in Europe and how European R&I projects can use standardisation as a successful conduit to valorise their results. The second part will present the CEN-CENELEC Workshop Agreements (CWAs) as well as the challenges of standardization in circular economy,whilst an open discussion will be conducted in the final session regarding the importance of standardization in circular economy. The event will take place on the 27th April (10:00-13:00 CEST) online.

Organisations

  • IRIS
  • Britest
  • Amcor Group GmbH
  • Axia Innovation
  • Centexbel
  • LÖMI GmbH
  • International Solid Waste Association (ISWA)
  • Farplas Otomotiv
  • Tofas
  • Inlecom Systems
  • Crowdhelix
  • ELG Carbon Fibre Ltd
  • SILON s. r. o.
  • Bond-Laminates GmbH
  • GBP Metal Group SL
  • University of Cape Town
  • Technological University of the Shannon Midlands Midwest
  • University of Copenhagen
  • European Bioplastics
  • Next Technology Tecnotessile
  • University of Bologna
  • Planet Bioplastics
  • Organic Waste Systems (OWS)
  • Kneia
  • Hochschule Albstadt-Sigmaringen
  • ITENE (Packaging, Transport and Logistics Technological Institute)
  • University of Utrecht

Projects

  • MULTICYCLE
  • PRESERVE

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