Aimplas Receives Award for Best European Project
The Technological Institute of Plastics (Aimplas), Paterna, Valencia/Spain, received the award for the best European project of the Valencian Community 2013 in the category of Innovation for developing a biodegradable net for food products within the framework of the Ecobionet project. The award consists of a prize convened by the Conselleria de Hacienda y Administración Pública (Finance and Public Administration Department) and was given, together with other awards in the categories of Formation and Environment, in a ceremony on the occasion of Europe Day.
Due to its participation in the Ecobionet project, Aimplas successfully developed an innovative net to package citrus fruits, potatoes, onions or mollusks. Unlike the traditional packages, it is not necessary to separate the organic waste to be recycled. The new net is biodegradable and compostable, so it can be put with the rest of the organic wastes generated at home and in shopping centers. In industrial compostability conditions, nets become into fertilizer for plants, for less than six months and are incorporated once again in the crop cycle of the products inside them.
The Ecobionet project aims to industrialize both the process and the technology for manufacturing biodegradable and compostable packaging plastic nets for agricultural and shellfish products while using conventional extruding techniques and machinery. Partners in the Project are Ecoplas and Cristóbal Meseguer, Spain, Tecnano, Germany, and Owas, Belgium, who received funds from the Competitiveness and Innovation Programme (CIP). One of the most remarkable aspects of the biodegradable net is its prize, because in spite of having an important added value, its final prize would also increase a few centimes per kilo of the product packaged.
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