19 April 2012Proving there is plenty of life after LIFE, the Dutch company Paperfoam, a recipient of LIFE funding from 1999-2001 (LIFE99 ENV/NL/000232) has recently launched a commercial product that achieves one of the key goals of its LIFE Environment project. The target of the 'Paperfoam' project was to develop new, 'green' products for the industrial packaging market based around a patented 'injection moulding' technology and using recyclable raw materials, such as potato starch, rather than the usual polystyrenes or cardboard. The beneficiary aimed to show that it was possible to produce a commercially viable, environmentally friendly alternative that could be used for packaging both food and non-food items.
The non-food side was relatively straightforward, and Paperfoam was already receiving orders from large international companies for packaging for electrical goods by the end of the demonstration project. Today it produces products ranging from USB trays to packaging for eye drops. Food packaging proved more complex, but now Paperfoam has successfully launched its first product in this market: an egg box.
Developed in partnership with Rondeel, a Dutch company that supplies eggs to supermarkets, the new egg box, which is made of 100% recyclable or compostable starch-based Paperfoam, can be found housing Rondeel eggs in the German supermarket Kaiser’s Tengelmann.
For more information see: www.paperfoam.com.
12 April 2012 LiveWell for LIFE (LIFE10/ENV/UK/000173) – a new LIFE+ project promoting a healthier and more sustainable diet among Europeans; and a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions in the EU food supply chain – has published a report following its launch stakeholder debate, held in Brussels in February 2012.
The report “Eating our way to a healthy planet” summarizes the debate, which brought together representatives from national and European institutions, businesses, industry and academia. Tony Long, Director of the WWF European Policy Office (a project partner) and Catherine Bearder, Member of the European Parliament Committee on Regional Development, were among the main speakers. The report also outlines the main goals of the three-year project, which aims to define healthy and low carbon diets for Europeans, using France, Spain and Sweden as pilot countries.
Read more on the project's website: www.livewellforlife.eu