New eco-coating to replace plastic packaging films

Wednesday 26 May 2010

Developers of an eco-friendly packaging coating made from starch and clay designed to replace plastic films are seeking partners for commercialisation of the innovation.

CaiLar can be used in place of oil-based plastic films as a moisture-resistant barrier coating for cardboard and paper packaging, said researchers from the joint project between the UK’s Sheffield Hallam University (SHU) and Karlstad University in Sweden. The product will initially be aimed at low-water content foodstuffs, such as biscuits and perhaps cheese.

The coating was developed as part of Sustainpack – a European research programme to encourage the use of traditional natural based packaging products. It recently scooped third prize at the Innovators Contest at Globe Forum 2010 in Stockholm.

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