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Italy: Packtin develops biodegradable packaging

Collecting waste products (orange and apple peel, beetroot pulp, etc.) and using them as raw material by extracting fibre and active compounds to make biodegradable and edible covers and films for fresh food products. This is the mission of a university start-up/spin-off Packtin which, after years of R&D at the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, is now looking for funds to enter production. 

Left to right: Riccardo De Leo, Silvia Gigliano, Andrea Quartieri and Professor Andrea Pulvirenti (linked with the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia).

"Our mission is inspired by the concept of the circular economy. Biodegradable edible films and covers protect food naturally, extending its optimal shelf-life and generating 3 positive effects: reduced food waste, less plastic in packaging, fewer food poisoning episodes," explains Andrea Quartieri.

"Our film is a natural polymer obtained from apple, pomegranate and orange peel. It is entirely edible, biodegradable and is excellent for food preservation." 

Tomato 21 days after harvesting. It is covered in a natural coating that protects it from mould and bacteria and slows down ripening. An advantage for both producers and consumers.

Packtin coatings to slow down ripening. Above: three tomatoes covered in vegetable fibre with natural extracts to contrast mould compared to an untreated tomato (below). Photo taken 10 days after harvesting and treatment.

Since the first results presented during Expo 2015, Packtin improved its coating for sliced fruit and is constantly looking for new fibre sources. "We are also looking for funds and are therefore taking part in European project KATANA, which selects start-ups to help through crowdfunding."

Play for a presentation of the start-up

For further information:
Packtin srl

Via Kennedy, 17/i
42124 Reggio Emilia (RE)
Tel.: +39 334 2966762

Publication date: 11/28/2017



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