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28 February 2018

The final InnProBio newsletter is now available

The sixth and final edition of the InnProBio newsletter is now available on the InnProBio website. The newsletter includes updates on the project’s activities, together with news related to the topic of bio-based products and services and upcoming events.

This edition features the InnProBio Handbook now available in four new languages, includes details of two bio-based events, namely a Dutch event on the standardisation process of bio-based products and a market dialogue event organised in Lodz (Poland). Furthermore, the newsletter introduces to the EU funded project BIOCANNDO, working on bio-based products and awareness raising, the new EU Plastic Strategy, and informs about the release of new factsheets to support bio-based procurement. It finally includes relevant upcoming events.

To read the latest newsletter, visit the newsletter section of the website.

21 February 2018

Market dialogue on bio-based held in Poland

A market dialogue/engagement event was held between potential local government procurers and suppliers on 11 February 2018 in Lodz - a first for Poland. Both procurers and companies had the opportunity of gaining a completely new experience and perspective of using this approach to gather information from the market' - both from the supply and demand sides. The cleaning products and services market was in focus.

Despite the novel approach, 19 people attended. The majority represented local governments and municipalities from the Lodz region, who are involved in public procurement procedures in their administrations.

The Market Dialogue session consisted of three parts, which included an introduction and presentation of the EU-funded InnProBio project (including new tools and good practice) along with the presentation of bio-based products and services identified through the project. The second session saw two presentations made by companies about their products. The first of these was a consultancy company THETA specialising in advisory services for the chemical sector and supporting both private and public entities in any technical and legal expertise required. For instance, in obtaining certificates or controlling product compliance with certain procurer's requirements. The second presentation was from Naprzód Marketing sp. z o.o. - a company specialising mainly in providing bio-based cleaning services. The third session of the day focused on face-to-face consultations and was aimed at giving procurers the possibility of engaging and discussing directly with both suppliers and the experts from the InnProBio team. This session also included a final company presentation from Werner & Mertz Professional and its products from the greenCARE Professional line.

The Market Dialogue was organised by the Faculty of Law and Administration of the University of Lodz, via the Centre for Public Procurement and Public-Private Partnership. The Market Dialogue was titled "Market Dialogue for Bio-based public procurement of cleaning products and services".

16 February 2018

H2020 project to develop new sustainable packaging aiming at longer preservation of food products

The project REFUCOAT, coordinated by AIMPLAS, will soon develop an innovative food packaging based on biopolymers in order to achieve environmentally sustainable packaging and allowing for longer and more efficient food conservation.

The project aims to develop fully-recyclable food packaging with enhanced gas barrier properties and new functionalities using high performance coatings. Within the project’s objective, project partners will be using active coatings in films and trays as an alternative to current metallised and modified atmospheric packaging (MAP), which can entail complex and expensive recycling steps.

Specifically, polyglycolic acid (PGA) is going to be combined with modified silica oxide in order to formulate a hybrid coating with oxygen and water vapour barrier properties. Furthermore, a new PLA grade from corn wastes will be developed, with better water vapour barrier values than commercial grades. These developments are going to be combined in order to create recyclable packages for chicken, cereals and snacks.

The project REFUCOAT involves 12 partners and is funded by the European Union, through the program H2020 programme.

For more information read Aimplas press release or visit the project’s website.