Spanish research institute Aimplas has collaborated with Olivarera de los Pedroches (OLIPE) to develop an olive-based plastic for packaging that contains products made with olive oil.
Both organisations have been working on a project called GO-OLIVA to use olive waste to make new material. According to Aimplas (@aimplas), Spain is the world’s major olive oil producer and hence produces significant waste during the stoning process. At present, the generated waste is incinerated for power generation.
The project has developed a new biodegradable, compostable and plastic compound material, dubbed Oliplast, by using materials from renewable sources such as filler or reinforcement from olive oil and thermoplastic material.
Extrusion and injection moulding technology will be used to process Oliplast for the manufacturing of new products such as trays and plates to hold bottles.
Oliplast can also be used for the production of caps for packaging containers for cosmetic creams made with olive oil.
According to Aimplas, work done to date includes selecting raw materials and developing an olive stone that can be used to produce the new material.
The partnership will conduct a behavioural study to validate the material for transformation processes. In addition, they will conduct an environmental study to determine the compostability of the material.
GO-OLIVE project, which has a total budget of €340,131.38, has secured a grant for €316,131.38. A total of 80% of this grant is co-funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) and the rest by the Spanish government.
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