A yet2 client looks to identify biodegradable and compostable films used in packaging and evaluate emerging solutions and their space in the developing sustainable packaging market.
To meet sustainability goals and new regulatory initiatives, such as the single-use plastic directive, manufacturers look to move away from fossil fuel-based plastic packaging into biodegradable alternatives. A wide range of sustainable packaging is currently available, ranging from paper products to bioplastics from novel feedstocks.
Currently, bioplastics represent less than one percent of plastics produced annually, however, production capacities are forecast to triple by 2026. The objective of this challenge is to discover what solutions are driving the growth of sustainable packaging.
Solutions will be evaluated on:
- Tensile strength
- Water Vapour Transmission Rate (WVTR) with defined testing conditions
- Oxygen Transmission Rate (OTR) with defined testing conditions
- Barrier to oil and grease
- Seal strength and sealing method
- Thickness and manufacturing tolerance
Possible Solution Areas:
Paper, polylactide (PLA), polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHA), cellulose-based plastic, starch-based plastic
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