Scientists are incorporating microfibrillated cellulose extracted from cereal waste into low-weight, biodegradable and renewable packaging that boasts superior mechanical and barrier properties and a small environmental footprint.

The final goal of the FUNKIFIBRE project initiative is to obtain new materials for packaging applications achieving better mechanical and barrier properties. One of the main objectives is to obtain MFC from cereal residues coming out from the manufacturing of oat-based food products, which contain important cellulose contents. A consortium of companies and research organizations leads this initiative, funded by the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme. The microfibrillated cellulose (MFC) is a novel type of cellulose with nano-scale dimensions and very interesting properties for the development of composite materials due to its high strength and stiffness combined with its low weight, biodegradability and renewability.

Read more: Funkifibre: an European project to transform the cereal waste into sustainable packaging materials

The Harvest Festival took place in Waterford, Ireland, between September 12th and 14th. There was the Sustainable Food Seminar, where attendees could hear the discussion chaired by RTE’s Damian O’Reilly.

Farmers, processors and customers shared their insights and experiences on the need and benefits of sustainable food production as we face the challenge of the feeding a growing world population from our land resources.

Read more: Funkifibre is present at the The Harvest Festival