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    ECO sustainable multiFUNctional biobased COatings with enhanced performance and end of life options
    ECOFUNCO - From food waste to biodegradable packaging
    ECOFUNCO - Inspired by nature for a circular future


The overall objective of  ECOFUNCO is to select, extract and functionalise molecules such as proteins, cutin, polysaccharides, polyphenols, carotenoids, and fatty acids from readily available, low-valorised biomass sources. This will be used to develop new bio-based coatings for application on two different substrates, specifically cellulosic and plastic based. This will deliver materials for food and personal hygiene use that will offer better performance than currently-available products, as well as delivering more sustainable end of life options.


Antimicrobial coatings based on microbial cellulose and chitin nanofibrils, and/or chitosan for cellulose tissues (sanitary), paper and cardboard (packaging for fresh products like pasta, ham, meat), woven and nonwoven (personal care).

Water repellent

Cutin based formulations for coatings water repellent (tableware, paper cups, service paper, etc.), water vapour barrier (packaging) and protective properties (non-food packaging).


Protein-based barrier adhesive and chitosan-based coatings for multilayer food packaging.


Additionally, combinations of several of the above mentioned properties will be explored, resulting on new applications.

ECOFUNCO Final Event
17-18 June 2022

1st Conference on Green Chemistry and Sustainable Coatings

What are the key elements on which the research will be focused?

Raw materials

Mapping of the availability and sustainability of the selected feedstocks, optimization of the already developed methods of extraction of proteins, polysaccharides, cutin and active ingredients, and functionalization of polysaccharides.


Optimization of the coating materials based on proteins, polysaccharides and cutins –and their blends-, also considering possible modification and functionalization of the molecules as well as their formulation and application by different technologies.

Industrial production

Bringing at semi-pilot scale the previously optimized bio-based coatings on cellulosic and plastic substrates for production of personal care, tableware and packaging products.

Life Cycle Assessment

Fulfillment of safety and health requirements, as well as regulations related with the foreseen products for the elaboration of Life Cycle Assessment and Cost Effectiveness Analysis.

Let’s explore our sinergies

We seek collaboration with other EU projects, platforms and initiatives in order to organize events, share information and boost the dissemination of our results. Let’s explore our synergies.

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ECOFUNCO is a research project funded by the Bio-Based Industries Joint Undertaking, a Public-Private Partnership between the EU and the Bio-based Industries Consortium, operating under Horizon 2020.

The overall objective is to select, extract, functionalise molecules (proteins, polysaccharides, cutin, polyphenols, carotenoids, fatty acids) from highly available, low valorised biomass such as tomato peels and seeds, melon seeds, legumes and sunflower press cake amongst others, for the development of new bio-based coating materials to be applied on two different substrates (cellulosic and plastic based). These coatings will provide improved performances compared to currently available products and at the same time have more sustainable end of life options.

Demostrators at semi industrial scale will be delivered for different applications: Cellulosic and non-woven products for personal care, food packaging and tableware.

ECOFUNCO takes a significant step towards the efficient use of bio-based material resources and their economically viable production, contributing to the decrease of the Environmental Impact of packaging goods and disposable products.

We look for researchers and professionals interested in exploring the possibilities of the project results for all type of industry applications. Also, the joint organization of dissemination events seem a very efficient option to us. Let’s give us the opportunity to take the best advantage of the research effort, talking about our synergies.

Biorefine Cluster Europe

ECOFUNCO is part of the Biorefine Cluster Europe (BCE) initiative. The BCE interconnects projects and people within the domain of bio-based resource recovery, striving to contribute to a more sustainable resource management.


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