Researchers seek to develop biodegradable packaging for dairy products


European countries are estimated to be the largest consumer of dairy products in the world, according to the data provided by FAO in 2011. While high density polyethylene (HDPE) bottles are used quite often to package the dairy products, it's estimated that only about 10 to 15 percent of the packaging is recycled, according to data from 2012.

In an effort to reduce waste and increase recycling rates, the Technological Institute of Plastic (Aimplas) out of Spain is coordinating the research carried out by seven companies and technological centers to develop new materials to manufacture biodegradable packages for dairy products. The project is called Biobottle and its aim is creating multilayer and monolayer plastic bottles, as well as bags to package dairy products, which do not require separation from the rest of organic wastes at the end of its lifespan.

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