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Bioplastic produced with milk leftovers

Country of origin:
Country: 
ITALY
Opportunity:
External Id: 
TOIT20200225002
Published
09/03/2020
Last update
13/03/2020
Expiration date
14/03/2021

Keywords

Partner keyword: 
Biobased materials
Bioplastics
Bioprocesses
Biotreatment / Compost / Bioconversion
Fibre-reinforced (plastic) composites
Packing products and systems
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Summary

Summary: 
An Italian University spin-off has developed and patented a method for the production of new 100% biodegradable bioplastic material, based on natural polymers, made from milk leftovers, using an eco-sustainable synthesis. The company is looking for academic and industrial partners interested both in testing and eventually producing and commercialising this kind of material under license; and in collaborating in EU projects under technical co-operation.

Description

Description: 

An Italian University spin-off located in Rome has developed and patented green plastic produced with milk leftovers.
It has characteristics of high hardness and thermal stability in a wide range of temperatures, characteristics often lacking in the bioplastics currently on the market. It is compostable in just two months and dissolves in bacteriologically impure water. The produced plastic does not contain artificial plasticizers and the use of organic solvents in the reaction has also been carefully avoided.
This method allows the production of new 100% biodegradable and compostable bioplastic materials, based on natural polymers, made from milk leftovers using an eco-sustainable synthesis.

The company is looking for academic and industrial partners interested both in collaborating in EU projects, and in testing and eventually producing and commercializing this kind of material. The company will license the right of use of the patent and it will provide technical assistance to companies for the industrialization of milk bioplastic-made objects.

Advantages & innovations

Cooperation plus value: 
The main advantages of this bioplastic are: • It is obtained from waste material: the idea is to create the most sustainable synthesis possible by exploiting the part of the non-edible milk, but also the expired one, to transform a waste into a resource in a circular economy perspective; • compared to other bioplastics obtained from raw materials such as corn and potatoes, milk is not a seasonal product; • it does not provide for the exploitation of arable land and reduces a cost item in the production process, that of waste disposal. The cost of the waste material is extremely low and this consequently makes it possible to have products with relatively low costs.

Stage of development

Cooperation stage dev stage: 
Available for demonstration

Partner sought

Cooperation area: 
Academies and industrial partners are sought in collaborating in EU projects, in testing and eventually producing and commercializing this kind of material. The company will license the right of use of the patent and it will provide technical assistance to companies for the industrialization of milk bioplastic-made objects. Partners interested are milk companies, interested in waste disposal and in offering an ecological and biodegradable packaging. They will also be able to take advantage of a real path of support that leads to the replacement of traditional plastic with bioplastics

Type and size

Cooperation task: 
SME 11-50,R&D Institution,SME 51-250