IBERS joins European sustainable packaging initiative

THE Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences (IBERS) at Aberystwyth University leads the consortium ADMIT BioSuccInnovate, an innovative Climate-KIC initiative funded by the European Institute of Innovation & Technology (EIT), along with Reverdia and other European partners. Climate-KIC is the European Union’s main climate organisation and its initiatives attempt to help adapt to climate change, and encourage sustainable solutions to this adaption.

IBERS European sustainable packaging initiative (1)

The Consortium will explore with CIMV, a bio refining company, the use of locally-available lignocellulosic feedstock – such as wheat, straw or miscanthus – to produce bio-based, biodegradable plastic packaging for consumer markets in association with UK retailer Waitrose and food tray producer Sharpak.

The project is in line with Waitrose’s sustainable packaging strategy and Reverdia contributes its Biosuccinium™ sustainable bio-succinic acid technology to help build a truly sustainable packaging value chain.

David Bryant, project lead at IBERS said:

“IBERS plays a key role in the project by leading on the plant science and coordinating biorefining activities for the production of bioplastics from succinic acid derived from lignocellulosic sugars.  We chose to work with Reverdia as they have the capacity to deliver and license high-quality Biosuccinium™ today with proven best-in-class sustainable technology that achieves the best greenhouse gas savings.”

Jo Kockelkoren, Reverdia’s Global Commercial Director said:

“This venture builds on our market development work and partnership model that spans the entire value chain from biomass to consumer applications.”

Karen Graley, manager of packaging and reprographics at Waitrose said,

“The use of lignocellulosic feedstock for the production of bio-based plastic packaging from BiosucciniumTM is one of the ways we are ensuring that we tread lightly.  This project is hoped to contribute to the Waitrose sustainable packaging strategy for 2020 and beyond and endorse the partner’s collaboration in making renewable packaging a commercial reality.”

Martin Taylor, Managing Director at Sharpak stated,

“We are pleased to collaborate with Reverdia and the other Consortium partners.  It is only by working together that we can create a sustainable packaging supply chain.”