This is a EU-funded project led by AIJU with the participation of IQAP, INJUSA and CERDÁ PÉREZ Plastics, for the development of new biodegradable and environment-friendly Masterbatches made from almond shells to be used in traditional aplications.
The aim of this project is to develop and carry out preindustrial tests on new masterbatches or color concentrates using biodegradable polymers containing a high percentage of natural waste, such as almond shells, to meet the requirements of two traditional industrial sectors: toy and furniture manufacturers.
The first laboratory development stage is about optimising new masterbatch formulations using different proportions of crushed almond shells. Conventional extrusion systems will then have to be modified in order to streamline industrial-scale processing, resulting in different versions of these new masterbatches to be used in polymer injection.
For both sectors, the products developed will be fully described and demonstration sample part will be produced.
At the core of this project lies such a relevant environmental issue as how to improve efficiency of natural resources, in this case by re-using almond shells and using biodegradable plastics
Project cordinator Suny Martínez, highlighted that the outcome of this project would "enable agricultural waste to be recycled, reducing the environmental impact of plastic and CO2 emissions." What is more, the introduction of this technology to the marketplace " Will allow for more environment-friendly and sustainable toy and furniture production, by using biodegradable, almond-shell-based polymers”.