A pan-European project to develop biodegradable materials using nanotechnology has secured Euro6.5 million (£5.2million) from the European Commission.
The SustainComp project aims to replace non-biodegradable materials, which may be burned or sent to landfill at the end of use, with newly created biodegradable ones.
Project coordinator Mikael Ankerfors said: We will make products that can be used in many ways, including packaging.
He said the project would try to solve the general problems with biodegradable composite packaging like rigidity and flexibility of shape moulding. This development could increase the market for biodegradable and wood-based products.
Although Ankerfors said the project will not use recycled materials for now, he added: There could be a future use of recycled paper fibre or recycled plastics. But now its about solving the composite problems.
SustainComp involves 17 partners from eight countries which will be coordinated by Swedish company STFI-Packforsk. The first meeting will be on September 1-3.