Isolago - Indústria de Plásticos S.A., together with the University of Aveiro, intends to develop a biodegradable bioplastic compound using as raw material by-products not reused from the potato processing industries, such as washing waters, small potato fragments removed from cutting machines, peels, etc. The consortium chose as its main objective the improvement of bioplastic’s mechanical and physical and chemical properties. The incorporation of inorganic materials in the formulation, as well as the esterification of starch will also be studied.
The project is based on three fundamental steps:
1. Extraction, identification and quantification of by-products;
2. Production, characterization and operation of bioplastic compounds;
3. Bioplastic compounds production scale-up.