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Provide biodegradable and organic biocomposites such as packaging for going into a Cradle to Cradle design framework in the wine industry.

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Idea Title

Spawnfoam - Working with Nature.

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Where are you / your team located?

Regia Douro Park - Science and Technology Park ( @ Vila Real, Portugal

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

Which use cases does your Idea apply to?

CASE 1 - Single-use sachet for liquid consumer products "Whether for packaging condiment food, shampoo or spices, sachets are everywhere. And while they are excellent at keeping products fresh and accessible, their size and material composition means they almost never get recycled and are likely to end up in the environment where they stay almost indefinitely. " Spawnfoam biodegradable packaging is a good substitute to styrofoam packaging applications.

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

The project will be developed in the North of Portugal to the World by the fact that the product we are presenting is highly export-oriented.

At what stage of development is your Idea?

  • Prototyping: You have conducted some small tests or experiments with prospective users and will continue developing idea through these tests.
  • Operating Concept / Startup: You have fulfilled the stages of testing, undertaken a full scale roll-out, and are currently operating this concept/idea as a business.

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

The project Spawnfoam began in 2013 and Think Beyond Plastics Accelerator Program will help to define the project implementation plan to achieve from a TRL6 to a TRL9 business. This application essentially serves to financially leverage this business idea, because the partner companies have the technical and infrastructural means to develop the objectives that we are proposing, however financial means are necessary to continue R&D and final product certification Validation by the market.

Please describe from where your Idea emerged

The project started in 2013 with a leverage by the IAPMEI Passport for Entrepreneurship Program ( and more recently in 2016, the participation in the COHiTEC program, a training program in technology commercialization promoted by COTEC ( was attended, which continued with the R&D phase @ UTAD. The firm "Spawnfoam, Lda." was founded in January 2017 and nowadays is working to be a Spin-off from UTAD (

Tell us about your work experience

Spawnfoam team has more than 20 years of experience in business and mycology and soil microbiology.

Please describe your legal and organizational structure

Spawnfoam is a Limited Liability Company - LLC, founded in January 2017.


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Curious how cushy/brittle is this?

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Thanks for your interests.
Our first tests indicate that Spawnfoam biomaterials are similar to Styrofoam materials.

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