Seeking New Materials, Coatings, Methods and Technologies to Improve Packaging and Polymer Sustainability

Desired outcome

We are looking for technologies for direct food contact applications which can replace plastic films and aluminum foil laminates, both for barrier and non-barrier applications with alternatives which can be recycled with current recycling capabilities that fit the circular economy – both flex and rigid.

- Recycling compatible, non-tinting flexible packaging ink formulations for high speed gravure and flexography
- De-lamination technologies for reversing the adhesive bonds in multi-layer laminates
- New technologies which can be utilized to collect and process mixed plastic films & Al. foil laminates and recycle them back into the plastic packaging supply chain. Includes E-markers for sorting materials in recycling systems

That can be utilized to catalyze the accelerated breakdown of the polyolefin polymers into monomers potentially available for upcycling back into usable polymers or other uses

To simple and effectively reduce gum waste in the environment; novel collection and gum bolus recycling technology

Mondelez International

Details of the Innovation Need

Plastic waste and its impact on the planet is a broad, systemic issue that our consumers care deeply about, and which requires a holistic response. To deliver on our goals of making all Packaging Recyclable by 2025, we are committed to using recyclable packaging as part of our active contribution to reduce packaging waste and establish a circular economy for packaging


  • Food grade (direct food contact) Easy for consumers to recycle or re-use product packs after use/ Has high potential for recyclability or positive sustainability credentials Innovative new products made from gum bolus that connect with our consumers Technology accelerates decomposition of the polyolefin polymers into reusable monomers or other constituents Potential to be affordable at scale if new infrastructure is necessary to implement. Potential for reasonable return on investment

Possible solution areas

  • Heat or cold sealable single polymer structures with high barrier. Novel polymer composites out of naturally occurring materials that are compatible to existing recycling capabilities. For polyolefin breakdown: Enzymatic decomposition of polymers in recycling stream/ Package coating (controlled activation of enzymatic decomposition) and or other new methods and approaches to material design and decomposition (design a polymer specifically to be easily decomposed) Additives to gum bolus to make them more biodegradable

Discarted solutions

We are not interested in well-established commercially alternatives such as glass and metal/ Traditional recycling methods / compostable solutions

Related Keywords

  • Industrial manufacturing, Material and Transport Technologies
  • Materials Technology
  • Plastics, Polymers
  • Industrial Technologies
  • Agrofood Industry
  • Technologies for the food industry
  • Food Packaging / Handling
  • Polymer-based composistes
  • Packaging
  • Sustainability
  • Food and Beverages
  • Other speciality materials
  • Polymer (plastics) materials

About Mondelez International

Mondelēz International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MDLZ) is an American multinational confectionery, food, and beverage company based in Illinois which employs approximately 80,000 individuals around the world.

Our Purpose
Our purpose is to empower people to snack right. We will lead the future of snacking around the world by offering the right snack, for the right moment, made the right way.

Our Brands
We’re leading the future of snacking with iconic brands such as Oreo, belVita and LU biscuits; Cadbury Dairy Milk, Milka and Toblerone chocolate; Sour Patch Kids candy and Trident gum.

Our People
Our 80,000+ colleagues around the world are key to the success of our business. Our Values and Leadership Commitments of Love our Consumers and Brands, Grow Every Day, and Do What's Right shapes our culture – what we believe in, stand for, and what guides our actions and decisions. Great people and great brands. That’s who we are.

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