#2 INNOVATIVE SUSTAINABLE AND SMART PACKAGING

Living Lab #2: Innovative sustainable and smart packaging

Packaging solution to extend the shelf-life of packaged products and facilitate stock management

An innovative packaging solution made from compostable materials and with an integrated freshness label for oily fish will be developed to reduce food waste. 

In this Living Lab we aim to solve a big food waste problem by determining the shelf life of fresh fish in supermarkets accurately.  

In 2020 FAO estimated in the report 'The State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture. Sustainability in action' that approx. 35% of fishery and aquaculture catches are lost or wasted each year.

Furthermore, a market study on date marking and other information provided on food labels and food waste prevention carried out by the European Commission has estimated that 10% of the 88 million tonnes of food waste generated in the EU annually is due in one way or another to date labelling, misunderstanding or misinterpretation.

If we find a smarter solution for determining the shelf life of and correctly labelling fish products, we can reduce unnecessary waste and lessen the strain on the wildlife in our oceans. 

Did you know?

  • App. 35% of fishery and aquaculture catches are lost or wasted each year.
  • 10% of the 88 million tonnes of food waste generated in the EU annually is due to date labelling, misunderstanding or misinterpretation.

Packaging solutions with improved barrier properties

A compartmentalised tray for fresh oily fish will be designed with the objective to eliminate the need for using a non-recyclable absorbent pad for retaining the fish exudate.

The aim is to develop an innovative, intelligent, and sustainable packaging solution made from renewable and compostable materials, but with improved barrier properties.  

Freshness label to visualise shelf life 

Moreover, a colorimetric freshness label and a reading application will be integrated to determine more accurately the shelf life, as well as extend the current expiry date when the product is still safe to consume.

The goal of this label is to transform its visual indication (colour change) into remaining product shelf life to provide information to retailers about state of the product and to facilitate better stock management.

Mobile app reveals status

A mobile application will also be developed to oversee reading intelligent labels colour change and be responsible for providing details on the status of fresh oily fish to marketers and suppliers.  

If successful, the benefit of this intelligent packaging solution will be reduced cradle-to-cradle carbon footprint and less food waste due to better stock management in supermarkets and reduction of good fish thrown away due to uncertainty of its shelf life.  

The first results are expected within the last year or the project.  

 

 

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Jesús Palenzuela Conde
Spain
jesus.palenzuela@itene.com

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