Decouple plastics from fossil feedstocks by identifying and determining renewably-sourced alternatives.
Make the end-of-life phase for packaging more sustainable by developing a new laminated film approach that is easy to separate and thus recycle. It will also develop the technologies to enable separation of the different materials after use.
Enhance available biological waste treatment processes. Currently, European systems do have a well-developed composting infrastructure; the MANDALA project will help develop a model for isolating the biodegradable elements from the recyclable ones.
Allow the separation and re-routing of materials through eco-design using the MANDALA project’s multifunctional adhesive. This will allow multi-layer packaging to be split into its component parts without using solvents.
Validate MANDALA packaging prototypes in 2 sectors (food and pharma) contributing to the creation of 1 new circular value chain
Plastic recycling is a major technological challenge. Currently, the world recycles only 14% of the plastic packaging it uses and 72% is not recovered at all: 40% is landfilled and 32% leaks out of the collection system. Despite having an inherent value, virtually all -95%- is simply lost after a single use.
Date:July - 14, 2021