Biodegradable, disposable food packaging made from lignocellulosic waste

The beginning of XyloMatrix, or briefly about our project implemented under the NCRD competition

The beginning of XyloMatrix

In 2021, we cooperated with researchers from the University of Life Sciences in Poznań and obtained funding for a project entitled “Development of XyloMatrix technology to produce biodegradable disposable products from lignocellulosic waste.”

The purpose of our project

The aim of the project was to implement an innovative technology for converting lignocellulosic by-products into biodegradable disposable products. The technology used by-products from the processing of fiberboard (MDF and HDF) from the furniture industry. The premise of the new technology developed in the project was the purification of wood fiber and its modification to obtain new properties of the final product (e.g., dishes, packaging, fillings). The overarching goal of the project was to develop a product and its manufacturing technology in accordance with the principles of sustainable development, which has a direct positive impact on the physical, mental and social health of the end user.

Value of the project

The premise of the project was the management of environmentally troublesome by-products from the processing of MDF. The developed technology made it possible to neutralize chemical compounds (e.g. formaldehyde contained in resin) found in the managed by-products. The possibility of using recycled lignocellulosic fiber emerged as another added value as a result of the realized project assumptions. Native cellulose fiber, which has been the primary raw material in the packaging thermoforming process to date, can be partially replaced by recycled fiber, thereby reducing the cost of production.

Planned effects

The new properties of the raw material obtained in the technological process make it possible to give the products we manufacture unique properties, including increased resistance to water and fire, and increased tear and tear resistance. The new performance properties are the result of the technology we have developed, in which the fiber is refined under environmentally friendly reaction conditions. As a result, the fiber structure is not damaged, whereas the standard fiber-dissolving process would contribute to lowering the strength parameters of the final product.

Costs and subsidies

Projekt współfinansowany przez Unię Europejską ze środków Europejskiego Funduszu Rozwoju Regionalnego w ramach Programu Operacyjnego Inteligentny Rozwój 2014-2020 Działanie 1.1 „Projekty B+R przedsiębiorstw” Poddziałanie 1.1.1 „Badania przemysłowe i prace rozwojowe realizowane przez przedsiębiorstwa”. Projekt realizowany w ramach konkursu Narodowego Centrum Badań i Rozwoju: Szybka Ścieżka 1/1.1.1/2021

Total cost of project implementation

4 558 964.22 zł

Total amount of eligible costs

4 558 964.22 zł

Amount of funding from the European Union

2 854 662.76 zł