AIMPLAS, the Plastics Technology Centre, and OLIPE, Olivarera de los Pedroches, have implemented the GO-OLIVA project to find a high value-added application for the waste of producing olive oil by a new sustainable packaging material for oil packaging items.
The result is Oliplast, a new biodegradable, compostable, plastic compound material made with materials from renewable sources, namely, a filler or reinforcement from olive oil and a thermoplastic material.
Oliplast can be processed by extrusion and injection moulding to manufacture new products such as trays and plates to hold bottles, as well as caps for packaging containers for cosmetic creams made with olive oil.
Work done to date has involved selecting raw materials and developing an olive stone that can be used to obtain the new material. The next step will be to perform a behavioural study so the material can be validated for transformation processes. Finally, an environmental study will be carried out to determine the material’s compostability.