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Development of barrier properties to oil and grease in molded fiber (cellulose) articles (MFA) for the Food sector.
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Summary

Overview

Description

Development of oil and grease barrier properties in molded fiber (cellulose) articles (MFA). Identify alternative chemical additives to PFAS that will allow the production of molded fiber (cellulose) articles (MFA) with oil and grease barrier properties to replace single-use plastic packaging for the food service and food packaging segments. The molded fiber (cellulose) articles (MFA) will be produced by the thermoforming process.

Details of the Challenge

There are already on today's market molded fiber (cellulose) articles (MFA) used as an alternative to disposable plastic items, the vast majority of which provide a barrier to oils and fats due to the use of Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). These are also known as "forever chemicals" as they remain in the environment. It is therefore of utmost importance to find substitutes for these compounds.

PFAS repel grease and water, as they lower the surface energy in such a way that liquids cannot penetrate the structure where PFAS are applied. In molded fiber (cellulose) articles (MFA), the use of PFAS results in oil and grease resistance of over 24 hours and up to temperatures of 120 °C.

The chemicals available on the market which are alternatives to PFAS act by slowing down the penetration of oil and grease and not by repelling it.

We are therefore looking for solutions that slow down the penetration of oil and grease into molded fiber (cellulose) articles (MFA) as much as possible or that act similarly to PFAS, thus guaranteeing the required oil and grease barrier properties.

Implementation on an industrial scale of the presented solution and commercialization of a new generation of PFAS-free products in the molded fiber (cellulose) articles (MFA) market.

Expected Solution

The aim is to obtain a solution that can be added to the pulp aqueous suspension (“wet end” approach) to guarantee oil and grease barrier properties in the final molded fibre (cellulose)  articles (MFA).

The selected solution will have to be proven in the production of molded fiber (cellulose) articles (MFA) in industrial conditions, or  in a pilot equipment, simulating industrial production,  with a minimum quantity of product able to produce 100 units of a 25 g  molded fibre (cellulose)  articles (MFA).

Definition of analysis parameters in order to understand if that solution is the best:

The performance of the solution should be assessed in the final thermoformed product, carrying out the following tests:

- Heat olive oil, preferably extra virgin at different temperatures. Place a drop of olive oil on the surface of the article with a pipette and observe the penetration of the oil for 24 hours. Record the temperature of the olive oil and the time it takes for the oil to penetrate the thermoformed product or the product that simulates it. Conduct this test for the temperatures selected. Record the results - photographs and video.

- There will be a bonus in evaluating proposals with solutions with a water barrier property. To demonstrate these results, the water should be heated to different temperatures.

Place a drop of water on the surface with a pipette and observe the penetration of water for 24 hours. Record the temperature of the water and the time it takes for the water to penetrate the thermoformed product or the product that simulates it. Conduct this test for the temperatures selected. Record the results - photographs and video.

Proposals that present proven solutions with photographs and videos will receive a bonus in the evaluation.

Proposals in which the products have compostability characteristics and/or allow for the recyclability of the final product will be given a bonus.
 

Minimum Requirements

  • Added to the pulp, that is, mixed with an aqueous suspension of cellulose fiber before the thermoforming stage of the product;
  • The thermoformed product or the product that simulates it must have oil and grease barrier properties at different temperatures;
  • A bonus will be given in the assessment evaluation if the thermoformed product also has water barrier properties at different temperatures.
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Challenge Updates

Deadline extended: Sustainable packaging

May 7, 2024, 8:50 a.m. PDT by Soraya Gadit

 

Content:

Hi everyone,

I’m writing to announce that the deadline for the sustainable packaging has been extended to the 21st of May 2024 at 23:59 C.E.T !

You now have until then to register and submit your entry, or make any edits to your current entry.

Regards 

 


Only 3 days left to submit your solution

May 4, 2024, 6:11 a.m. PDT by Soraya Gadit

As we approach the deadline of our challenge, we're reaching out to remind our incredibly talented community of solvers that there are only 3 days left to submit your groundbreaking solutions. This is your chance to make a significant impact and showcase your innovative ideas to the world.

Our challenge has been an exciting journey of creativity, innovation, and groundbreaking ideas. We've seen incredible potential in the submissions so far, but we believe there's still untapped genius out there. If you've been working on your solution or have an idea that could revolutionize the field, now is the time to bring it forward!

Why Submit?

  • Impact: Your solution has the potential to address critical needs and make a tangible difference.
  • Recognition: Stand out in a global community of innovators and thinkers.
  • Collaboration: Join a network of leaders, experts, and problem solvers.

What We're Looking For:

We're on the lookout for solutions that are not only innovative but also practical and scalable. Your submission should address the core challenges outlined in our guidelines, offering a clear, actionable plan for implementation.

How to Submit:

  1. Finalize your proposal, ensuring it meets all the challenge criteria.
  2. Visit the submission page: Submit Your Solution
  3. Follow the instructions to upload your solution before the deadline.

Deadline Reminder:

You have until 7th of May until 23:59 C.E.T to submit your proposals. Don't miss this opportunity to be part of something truly transformative.

Need Help?

If you have any questions or need assistance with your submission, please don't hesitate to reach out to us. Our team is here to support you every step of the way.

Let's make these final days count! We're excited to see your innovative solutions and the positive impact they will have. Good luck, and let's innovate for a better tomorrow!


Only 3 days left to submit your solution

April 26, 2024, 8:23 a.m. PDT by Soraya Gadit

As we approach the deadline of our challenge, we're reaching out to remind our incredibly talented community of solvers that there are only 3 days left to submit your groundbreaking solutions. This is your chance to make a significant impact and showcase your innovative ideas to the world.

Our challenge has been an exciting journey of creativity, innovation, and groundbreaking ideas. We've seen incredible potential in the submissions so far, but we believe there's still untapped genius out there. If you've been working on your solution or have an idea that could revolutionize the field, now is the time to bring it forward!

Why Submit?

  • Impact: Your solution has the potential to address critical needs and make a tangible difference.
  • Recognition: Stand out in a global community of innovators and thinkers.
  • Collaboration: Join a network of leaders, experts, and problem solvers.

What We're Looking For:

We're on the lookout for solutions that are not only innovative but also practical and scalable. Your submission should address the core challenges outlined in our guidelines, offering a clear, actionable plan for implementation.

How to Submit:

  1. Finalize your proposal, ensuring it meets all the challenge criteria.
  2. Visit the submission page: Submit Your Solution
  3. Follow the instructions to upload your solution before the deadline.

Deadline Reminder:

You have until 7th of May until 23:59 C.E.T to submit your proposals. Don't miss this opportunity to be part of something truly transformative.

Need Help?

If you have any questions or need assistance with your submission, please don't hesitate to reach out to us. Our team is here to support you every step of the way.

Let's make these final days count! We're excited to see your innovative solutions and the positive impact they will have. Good luck, and let's innovate for a better tomorrow!


Less than 3 weeks left to submit a solution to our challenge. Don't miss this opportunity to change the packaging industry!

April 19, 2024, 4:32 a.m. PDT by Soraya Gadit

As we approach the deadline of our challenge, we're reaching out to remind our incredibly talented community of solvers that there are only 19 days left to submit your groundbreaking solutions. This is your chance to make a significant impact and showcase your innovative ideas to the world.

Our challenge has been an exciting journey of creativity, innovation, and groundbreaking ideas. We've seen incredible potential in the submissions so far, but we believe there's still untapped genius out there. If you've been working on your solution or have an idea that could revolutionize the field, now is the time to bring it forward!

Why Submit?

  • Impact: Your solution has the potential to address critical needs and make a tangible difference.
  • Recognition: Stand out in a global community of innovators and thinkers.
  • Collaboration: Join a network of leaders, experts, and problem solvers.

What We're Looking For:

We're on the lookout for solutions that are not only innovative but also practical and scalable. Your submission should address the core challenges outlined in our guidelines, offering a clear, actionable plan for implementation.

How to Submit:

  1. Finalize your proposal, ensuring it meets all the challenge criteria.
  2. Visit the submission page: Submit Your Solution
  3. Follow the instructions to upload your solution before the deadline.

Deadline Reminder:

You have until 7th of May until 23:59 C.E.T to submit your proposals. Don't miss this opportunity to be part of something truly transformative.

Need Help?

If you have any questions or need assistance with your submission, please don't hesitate to reach out to us. Our team is here to support you every step of the way.

Let's make these final days count! We're excited to see your innovative solutions and the positive impact they will have. Good luck, and let's innovate for a better tomorrow!

 


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