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Biodegradable nano-composite packaging material based on a paper or a cardboard with a nanosize water dispersion coating.

Rapid biodegradable hydrophobic composite for cellulose substrate coating; it decomposes during two-three months similar to ordinary paper.

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Biodegradable nano-composition for application of protective coatings onto natural materials 

US 8,268,391 B2  Ioelovich M., FigovskyO., Leykin A.

A full description of the structure, properties and ttechnology of production of the proposed material is contained in the book “Green Nanotechnology” by O. Figovsky and D. Beilin

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Idea Title

The novel biodegradable hydrophobic nano-composite packaging material (GreenCoat) based on a paper or a cardboard

Company / Organization Name

Polymate Ltd. - International Nanotechnology Research Center specializes in the field of advanced materials engineering


Where are you / your team located?

P.O.Box 73, Migdal HaEmek 23100, ISRAEL

How does this Idea redesign unrecyclable small format plastic items that often end up as waste?

GreenCoat greatly improves the properties of paper and cardboard packaging materials making a treatment material with the same barrier properties as plastic, except that the treated material biodegrades completely in the same time as untreated paper or cardboard. GreenCoat material is suitable for a range of single-use small format plastic everyday items including grocery and waste bags, the top and back sheets of disposable diapers, disposable paper plates, cups and eating utensils.

Which use cases does your Idea apply to?

Some Everyday Items: Trash and grocery bags paper cups and plates, tablecloths and other household goods, leaves collection bags. Packaging Materials: Carton boxes, disposable containers for food processing, bags for industrial products. Agricultural Uses: Mulch pots, composing bags for agriculture waste. Textile and other Industry Sectors: Biodegradable textile materials, synthetic leather, biodegradable membranes. Sanitary Products: Protection layer for disposable hygienic materials.

In what geographical context or area does your Idea plan to operate / solve?

Europe, USA, Canada, Australia, Israel

How do you envision scaling up your Idea?

The high cost involved in the production of biodegradable polymers precludes their use as a substitute to the conventional polymers whereas GreenCoat has no such cost barriers. Ultimately GreenCoat may be used by approximately one third of the world’s sales volume of coated cellulose materials would benefit from the use of GreenCoat, that is about 15 million tons or $37 billion market.GreenCoat provides a highly cost-competitive solution for the flexible paper packaging market.

At what stage of development is your Idea?

  • Research & Early Testing: You are exploring an idea, gathering inspiration and information needed to test it with real users.
  • Prototyping: You have conducted some small tests or experiments with prospective users and will continue developing idea through these tests.
  • Piloting: You have started to implement your solution as a whole with a first set of real users. You may have started to develop a business model for your idea, including identifying key customer segments, relevant partnerships, go-to-market strategy, and draft financials.

Please describe how becoming a Top Idea and working with the Think Beyond Plastics Accelerator Program will help to accelerate your solution.

Obviously, the proposed idea is in the framework of the New Plastics Economy Accelerator Program. We hope that the program will contribute to the development and practical application of the CreenCoating for purposes of prevention of eenvironment pollution.

Please describe from where your Idea emerged

Idea is in wide circulation and was a response to the requirements of environmental protection.

Tell us about your work experience

Recearch team of Polymate Ltd-INRC (R&D. Director Prof. O.Figovsky, Israel) has a big experience in field of nanostructured composite materials

Please describe your legal and organizational structure

Polymate Ltd.-INRC management team combines a dynamic mix of engineering and technological development and industry expertise .

Attachments (1)

Biodegradable Coating.ppt

GREENCOAT is rapid biodegradable hydrophobic composite polymer material for cellulose substrate coating. GREENCOAT consists of cellulose, biodegradable polymers and other biodegradable organic additives. Due to biodegradable nature, GREENCOAT decomposes in wet soil during two-three months by enzymatic action of various micro-organisms, such as fungi and bacteria, pretty much similar to ordinary paper forming a biomass. All the components have the FDA approval as food packaging material.


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