The project RE-PACK EDOILS

Produce and introduce on the market packaging for edible oils made up of 100% recycled plastics: this is the objectives of the RE-PACK EDOILS project.

With the financial support of the European Union within the CIP Eco-innovation programme (agreement no. ECO/10/277355/SI2.599775), the project was started up in November 2011 by the Fabio Mataluni & C., company involved in the production of packaging for edible oils.

In the 3 years of activity, the project will lead to the production of bottles for food oils completely made up of post-consumer recycled polyethylene terephthalate (PCR-PET), and to their introduction on the market after a careful evaluation of their functional properties and their suitability for food contact.

The idea is perfectly in line with the recent updating of the European legislation, that introduced, with the EC Regulation 282/2008, the possibility of using post-consumer recycled plastic materials (those deriving from the differentiated waste disposal) also for the packaging of food products, provided that the materials come from a certified recycling process and satisfy all the requirements foreseen for the food contact.  

Having already verified the technical feasibility of the idea, by means of preliminary experimental trials carried out by the company research centre, the Fabio Mataluni & C. will start up a pilot line for the production of preforms, that will be converted in bottled for edible oils made up of 100% recycled plastic.  These bottles will be introduced on the market in the countries where the use of recycled plastic is admissible for food contact.

With the firm belief that the sustainability is a responsibility from which the companies cannot escape and that repays also in economic terms, the Fabio Mataluni & C., with the support of the European Union, has decided to invest in eco-innovation, in a sector, as is the packaging one, that plays a crucial role in determining the overall environmental impact of the food products.

The use of recycled plastic proves to be highly advantageous from an environmental point of view, reducing the quantity of material to be sent to the rubbish dump and the dependency on non-renewable sources.