Researchers at the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft have developed an environmentally friendly coating for paper packaging in the “BioActiveMaterials” project. This not only saves plastic, the coating of plant-based proteins and waxes also extends the shelf life of the food. After use, the packaging is disposed of in the waste paper bin.
In the project BioActiveMaterials, the researchers use paper as a basic material for the production of typical and functional packaging materials: sealable bags with sealed edges or wrapping paper. The paper is given a special coating using standard processes. The researchers use proteins and waxes with bio-based additives for this coating. The special formulation of the long-term stable coating fulfills several functions at the same time.