The BIOTOOLS project seeks to optimize the transformation processes of domestic agricultural and organic waste, through hydrolysis and fermentation processes, to convert them into resources, such as lactic acid and PHB
AIMPLAS (Technological Institute of Plastic) advances in the work for the BIOTOOLS project, in which it applies new technology tools to improve the recovery of waste in the production of biodegradable bioplastics and at the same time strengthen the safety of food packaging.
Biotechnology in favor of plastics
Through a statement, the institute explained that biotechnology encompasses and is key in different sectors, among which waste and plastic management stand out. For this field, biotechnology is an important differentiator for the development of new processes and products that have a better environmental impact and improve the safety of certain products.
The project, informed AIMPLAS, is financed by the Conselleria d’Innovació, Universitats, Ciència i Societat Digital of the Generalitat Valenciana, and aims to optimize the transformation processes of domestic agricultural and organic waste, through hydrolysis and fermentation processes, to convert them in resources, such as lactic acid and PHB, for the production of biodegradable bioplastics, thus achieving less dependence on fossil resources.
BIOTOOLS will seek to improve food safety, thanks to new toxicological alert systems, based on cultures and in vitro techniques, to assess the toxicity of substances not intentionally added (NIAS) in plastic containers.
The main researcher of the project, Pablo Ferrero, mentioned that this initiative seeks to “positively impact the urban and rural environment by incorporating more efficient, sustainable and competitive processes and materials in the transformation of wasted waste to produce bioplastics that decompose naturally. in a short time, clearly contributing to the circular economy, reducing the environmental impact of the process and all this, in a viable way also at an economic level».