Green Awards ceremony honours exceptional LIFE projects
Last 31st of May, BREAD4PLA; a Life Project coordinated by AIMPLAS, was awarded as one of the outstanding LIFE projects from the programme’s 25-year history in the Environment category.
The BREAD4PLA project proved that bakery waste is a suitable raw material for compostable plastic packaging. This was done through an analysis of all stages, from the selection and characterisation of bakery waste, enzymatic fermentation, PLA polymerisation and plastics processing pathways, including the use of additives such as thermal stabilisers to avoid PLA molecular degradation, and the production of sheets of packaging material. The project demonstrated this at the pilot-plant scale. Each stage is crucial for the next, so constant feedback between the four specialist partners (AIMPLAS, ATB, University of Bangor and CETECE) was crucial for the project’s success.
More information about the awards here.