Packaging R&D and Innovations South America

Brazil Invent Bioplastics That Indicates Food Quality

Students of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ) designed a biodegradable plastic packaging that shows the quality of the food.

The bioplastics, called Plasticor, changes color when the content is not suitable for consumption. This is a sustainable option to avoid food waste. The students estimate that Plasticor degrades in six months.

30% of food produced on the planet (1.3 billion tons) goes to trash according to the UN.

João Vítor Balbino, a Biophysics student and one of the seven members of the startup said:

“The environmental impact is also reduced since the use of plastic materials has been abundant in the food industry in the last decades. Our packaging is ecofriendly because it doesn’t use chemical additives and doesn’t take years to degrade”.

The project is funded by its own creators, who are seeking possible investors. Those interested in helping can participate in the collective financing created by the team.