Officially launched on 1st February 2009, the ReBioFoam project (Renewable Bio-polymer FOAMs), financed by the European Union as part of the 7th Framework Programme and involving a 10-strong consortium made up of partners from 8 different countries (Italy, Poland, Spain, the Czech Republic, Ireland, Germany, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom), is now complete. The results of the 4-year research and experimentation programme will soon be presented to stakeholders.
The ReBioFoam project coordinated by Novamont, Italy’s leading developer of materials and biochemicals through the integration of chemistry and agriculture, had the objective of creating an innovative starch-based biopolymer to be employed in the production of expansive packaging as an alternative to the conventional expanded materials traditionally used in the sector. The biopolymers were expanded through an innovative continuous microwave process and a technology that uses the water naturally found in the material as an expanding agent.
The presentation of ReBioFoam results have opened up new, extremely important avenues in terms of environmental sustainability and limiting the use of non-renewable resources. The biopolymer is obtained through a highly efficient process which modifies the physical properties in the structure of starch, while preserving its natural characteristics, thus making it easy to recycle. Thanks to the innovative expansion process, the new expanded material is also completely biodegradable and compostable.
The results of the ReBioFoam project will be presented in the Lecture Hall of the Faculty of Economics in Novara on 30th January 2013, from 9.45 a.m. until 1.00 p.m. Reservations can be made from January 2013.
Source: ReBioFoam, press release, 2012-12-21.