Seeking a biodegradable polymer (soil and/or marine water) which will retain its physical properties

  • The Procter & Gamble Company
  • From United States
  • Responsive
  • Project Size Range : 50,000 - 250,000 €
  • Deadline completed
    The submission process for new proposals is closed. Proposals submitted before the deadline will follow the standard evaluation process.

Desired outcome

• Plastic packaging which is not disposed of responsibly can result in persistent litter in the environment
• Biodegradable packaging that is consumed by microorganisms if littered will be less of a long term problem
• Until the point of disposal, however, the package must function to contain the product and maintain its stability
• Most commercial biodegradable polymers are based on polyesters and are inherently susceptible to hydrolytic degradation, even without the presence of microorganisms

The Procter & Gamble Company

Details of the Innovation Need

Need Description:

  • We are looking for a biodegradable polymer (soil and/or marine water) which will retain its physical properties when in contact with sterile aqueous formulations for up to 24 months at 38C
  • No component of the coating should be extractable into an aqueous formulation inside the package
  • The aqueous formulations will cover pH range from 3 – 9 and water content from 10-90%
  • We prefer one solution, but would consider separate solutions which cover certain pH ranges
  • The polymer should be thermoplastic
  • Preferably processable by extrusion coating to give a flexible, non-tacky film.
  • Possibly also processable via coating and drying of an aqueous dispersion

We are looking for:

  • We would prefer an “off the shelf” solution which is commercially available
  • We would also consider emerging technology as a possible co-development
  • Only non-confidential information is acceptable

We are NOT interested in:

  • Non-biodegradable materials
  • Oxo-degradable materials

Related Keywords

  • Industrial manufacturing, Material and Transport Technologies
  • Plastics, Polymers
  • Industrial Technologies
  • Protecting Man and Environment
  • Polymer-based composites
  • Sustainability
  • Consumer related
  • Consumer Products
  • Industrial Products
  • Commodity chemicals and polymers
  • biofilms

About The Procter & Gamble Company

An American multinational consumer goods corporation headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio. P&G was founded over 180 years ago as a simple soap and candle company. Today, we’re the world’s largest consumer goods company and home to iconic, trusted brands that make life a little bit easier in small but meaningful ways. We’ve spanned three centuries thanks to three simple ideas: leadership, innovation and citizenship.

The Procter & Gamble Company

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