Consumer and Manufacturing Driven Alternative Packaging Solutions from Agrifood Waste Streams

Consumer and Manufacturing Driven Alternative Packaging Solutions from Agrifood Waste Streams

We aim to design innovation led packaging for red meat, fish & poultry made from material derived from agrifood waste. The issue of waste plastic in the food industry has led to strong consumer demand for producers & retailers to remove single use & reduce hard-to-dispose plastic.

Suitable materials for meat, fish & poultry have constraints such as the need for an oxygen barrier & stability at higher temperatures, so wide-scale use of alternatives has so far been low. To counteract this, we will focus on consumer & packaging industry acceptance; ease & efficiency of production; effective function; and effective disposal based on consumer education without contaminating the waste stream. Using full circularity, we will divert non-edible food waste into new value chains in the packaging industry. We will assess the sustainability of the new material using lifecycle analysis & aim to achieve a net-net result for producers & the environment, reducing CO₂ and water use.

Partners

The following partners are involved in the project

ABP
FRAUNHOFER
QUEEN’S UNIVERSITY OF BELFAST
Waitrose

Project lead

Eoin Cunningham
Institution

Queen's University of Belfast

Contact details

e.cunningham@qub.ac.uk

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