The bio-based polymers and composites from legume proteins and natural fibers are expected to have interesting properties for different sectors including packaging
LEGUVAL targets the use and valorisation of co-products and by-products of processed grain legumes by the extraction of the proteinaceous fraction to be used as a raw material in packaging and agricultural material preparation, and the use of the leftover biomass as an additive in composites production, as well as source of biogas by anaerobic digestionread more
Tons of legumes by-product produced annually in Europe are discarded and the disposal of this part is costly for the food industry and damaging to the environment.
Moreover, the increasing amount of green consumers around the world as well as the need to comply with the related legislative pressure has led to a great market demand for environmentally friendly packaging materials and new alternative energy sources.
LEGUVAL will finalize the industrialization steps prior to the commercialization of the developed vegetal protein coating for plastic films that could replace currently used expensive synthetic oxygen barrier layers. Moreover, using biomass in composites and for gas production can provide, respectively, new polymers with improved properties and new alternative energy sources. This strategies will add new value to legume by-product and greatly improve the packaging sustainability.read more