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Making plastic from cheese waste

Multi-layer eco-plastic for food packaging can be produced from cheese waste


Wastage from cheese production can now be recycled for manufacturing eco-plastic.

This new technology, developed by the Wheylayer project, uses whey collected from cheese-making to extract pure milk serum.

 This is then used to create a multi-layer plastic film ideal for packaging which is both air-tight and water-resistant.

The EU has contributed over €4 million to the research.


Project's website

Factsheet by the European Commission / 24 May 2013

Video by EuroNews / 10 March 2011