Biodegradable materials for a sustainable society
|RISE Research Institutes of Sweden AB - Kemi och Material, Medicinteknik
|Funding from Vinnova
|SEK 500 000
|April 2018 - December 2018
|Challenge-Driven Innovation – Stage 1 initiation
Purpose and goal
The project aims at mapping needs and identifying opportunities and challenges for biodegradable materials and products, aiming to promote the introduction of quality assured products in selected markets that can contribute to a circular and sustainable society. A number of solutions have been identified during the project based on a comprehensive needs analysis conducted by stakeholders from the entire value chain, and a state-of-the art analysis and a continuous market analysis.
Expected results and effects
The project has resulted in an overall identified solution in the form of an overall perspective, which is today lacking throughout the value chain but is seen as a prerequisite for achieving sustainability. In addition, digestible materials in combination with a consumer product labeling, updating of standards, updating of biological waste management, collection and sorting, as well as communication and education, have all been identified as key part-solutions for a functioning whole and for a circular and sustainable society.
Planned approach and implementation
Early in the project, a workshop was held with invited actors from the entire value chain, including raw materials, material and product manufacturers, distributors, brand owners, consumer and trade organizations, waste managers and government agencies. It resulted in a common prioritization of needs and opportunities. In combination with subsequent discussions with individual actors, as well as a literature and market research, a very good picture of both needs and opportunities has been obtained. This is the basis for the forthcoming UDI-2 application.