Inside EIT Food’s fight against plastic pollution

Paper packaging

EIT have released a new initiative in order to develop sustainable and practical paper-based food packaging in order to reduce the world’s plastic pollution.

Although global awareness for the packaging crisis has increased, millions of tonnes of plastic waste is dumped in our oceans ever year. Without changes in government policy and consumer behaviour this will only increase.

EIT Food and Bosch recognise the necessity for the development of sustainable packaging. Bosch launched the first sealed paper packaging and corresponding machinery in 2016. The company has since been working with EIT Food, Europe’s leading food innovation initiative, in order to make the current food systems more sustainable and healthier.

A spokesperson for EIT Food said: “As one of around 50 partners from the fields of innovation, education and entrepreneurship, Bosch Packaging Technology has been active in EIT Food since its establishment in 2017. The innovation initiative brings together players from each area of innovation, education and entrepreneurship, thus creating a shared vision and agenda for the future of food. Bosch Packaging Technology is one of the few mechanical engineering companies involved and plays an important role in transferring the developed materials and packaging styles to real-life production.”

Matthias Klauser is working with Bosch Packaging Technology and is the leader of EIT’s Food project ‘inPaper’. The project aims to develop environmentally responsible paper-based trays for confectionery and refrigerated products in order to reduce the impact the existing packaging has on the environment.

Bosch Packaging Technology is working on a machine for 3D paper formation. Matthias Klauser said: “Digitisation opens up completely new possibilities for making packaging production and processing more sustainable. For instance, various types of waste can be identified and eliminated more quickly along the value chain, or rejects can be reduced thanks to more efficient operator guidance and faster reaction times. In the long term, this will not only save costs, but also lower the environmental impact.”

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