The main scientific and technological objective of the current project is: to produce prototypes of fully recyclable PET trays for food preservation by using recycled PET (RPET). The proposed idea will be able to give a solution to this problem by providing a mono-material tray in virgin PET (for food contact) and RPET for the rest of the tray. The necessary O2 barrier properties will be guaranteed by means of oxygen scavenger additives.
The second objective of this project is: the study, designing and dissemination of a dedicated recycling model, inspired to replication and spreading of the recycling model of the 100% PET soft drink bottles, in the post-consumer phase, adapting its characteristics to the specific food package features. The recycling model will focus on the management of a “cradle to cradle” loop, from and to the start of the manufacturing process, promoting the reduction of manufacturing costs and the carbon foot print of PET packaging for food.