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Cellulose replaces plastic in future packaging material
Mid Sweden University in Sundsvall and MoRe Research in Örnsköldsvik Sweden are cooperating with the Norwegian research institute RISE PFI on the PlastiCel project. The aim is to develop composite materials from nanocellulose and cellulose, which can be used as a barrier for heat, air and moisture. This means that products such as fish trays which are mostly made from plastic today, might in the future consist of temperature isolating composite materials made from cellulose and nanocellulose, with good barrier characteristics against air and moisture.
The aim is to develop a packaging which can withstand long transports and thus could be used to transport fish. The packaging is coated with a thin film made from plasticised cellulose and nanocellulose, giving a barrier against oxygen.