The Consortium of Prosciutto di Parma is part of ECOFUNCO – Eco sustainable multifunctional biobased coatings with enhanced performance and end-of-life options, a research project funded by the Bio-Based Industries Joint Undertaking, a Public-Private Partnership between the EU and the Bio-based Industries Consortium, operating under Horizon 2020.
ECOFUNCO. Reduction of environmental impact of packaging
The overall objective of the ECOFUNCO project is to select, extract and functionalise molecules (proteins, polysaccharides, cutin, polyphenols, carotenoids, fatty acids) from highly available, low valorised biomass – such as tomato peels and seeds, melon seeds…
This will be used to develop new bio-based coatings for application on different substrates, specifically cellulosic and plastic based, for food and personal hygiene use.
Specifically, ECOFUNCO will provide new bio-based coating materials to be applied on bio-polyester substrates, offering more sustainable packaging for pre-sliced Prosciutto di Parma in terms of composting and recyclability and with better performance.
ECOFUNCO delivers a significant step forward in the efficient use of bio-based material resources making their production economically sustainable and reducing the environmental impact of packaging.
This project has received funding from the Bio Based Industries Joint Undertaking (JU) under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 837863. The JU received support from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme and the Bio Based Industries Consortium.