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New materials, coatings, methods and technologies to improve packaging and polymer sustainability

Request Number 173416 | Author Mondelēz International


We are looking for technologies

  • For direct food contact applications which can replace plastic films and aluminum foil laminates, both for barrier and non-barrier applications with alternatives which can be recycled with current recycling capabilities that fit the circular economy – both flex and rigid 
    • Recycling compatible, non-tinting flexible packaging ink formulations for high speed gravure and flexography
    • De-lamination technologies for reversing the adhesive bonds in multi-layer laminates
    • New technologies which can be utilized to collect and process mixed plastic films & Al. foil laminates and recycle them back into the plastic packaging supply chain. Includes E-markers for sorting materials in recycling systems
  • That can be utilized to catalyze the accelerated breakdown of the polyolefin polymers into monomers potentially available for upcycling back into usable polymers or other uses
  • To simple and effectively reduce gum waste in the environment; novel collection and gum bolus recycling technology

Plastic waste and its impact on the planet is a broad, systemic issue that our consumers care deeply about, and which requires a holistic response. To deliver on our goals of making all Packaging Recyclable by 2025, we are committed to using recyclable packaging as part of our active contribution to reduce packaging waste and establish a circular economy for packaging.

Key Success Criteria
  • Food grade (direct food contact)
  • Easy for consumers to recycle or re-use product packs after use/ Has high potential for recyclability or positive sustainability credentials
  • Innovative new products made from gum bolus that connect with our consumers
  • Technology accelerates decomposition of the polyolefin polymers into reusable monomers or other constituents
  • Potential to be affordable at scale if new infrastructure is necessary to implement.
  • Potential for reasonable return on investment
Possible Approaches
  • Heat or cold sealable single polymer structures with high barrier.
  • Novel polymer composites out of naturally occurring materials that are compatible to existing recycling capabilities.
  • For polyolefin breakdown: Enzymatic decomposition of polymers in recycling stream/ Package coating (controlled activation of enzymatic decomposition) and or other new methods and approaches to material design and decomposition (design a polymer specifically to be easily decomposed)
  • Additives to gum bolus to make them more biodegradable
What We Aren't Interested In

Well-established commercially alternatives such as glass and metal/ Traditional recycling methods / compostable solutions

Preferred Collaboration types

Open to most types of engagements, including Research & Development Contracts, Licensing, etc.

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