Collecting waste products (orange and apple peel, beetroot pulp, etc.) and using them as raw material by extracting fibre and active compounds to make biodegradable and edible covers and films for fresh food products. This is the mission of a university start-up/spin-off Packtin which, after years of R&D at the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, is now looking for funds to enter production.

“Our mission is inspired by the concept of the circular economy. Biodegradable edible films and covers protect food naturally, extending its optimal shelf-life and generating 3 positive effects: reduced food waste, less plastic in packaging, fewer food poisoning episodes,” explains Andrea Quartieri.

“Our film is a natural polymer obtained from apple, pomegranate and orange peel. It is entirely edible, biodegradable and is excellent for food preservation.”

Tomato 21 days after harvesting. It is covered in a natural coating that protects it from mould and bacteria and slows down ripening. An advantage for both producers and consumers.

Since the first results presented during Expo 2015, Packtin improved its coating for sliced fruit and is constantly looking for new fibre sources. “We are also looking for funds and are therefore taking part in European project KATANA, which selects start-ups to help through crowdfunding.”

For further information: Packtin srl, Tel.: +39 334 2966762