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Originally posted Dec 06, 2021
REHOVOT, Israel, Dec. 6, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Green-tech start-up Melodea, Ltd. joins the sustainable packaging scene to take on the plastic waste crisis. The company developed MelOx™, a high-performance, plant-sourced barrier coating that protects packaged products from oxygen and oil and grease transmission. The company also developed Melodea VBcoat™ that protects packaged goods from water vapor and oil and grease transmission.
Unlike existing materials used for such purpose like plastics and aluminum, Melodea sources its barrier coating material for packaging from wood pulp, the same raw material used to make paper. The innovative green solution helps steer paper and packaging producers toward more socially responsible packaging routes and will enable them to meet sustainability goals more quickly. The coatings are sustainable and recyclable, and do not contribute to plastic waste pollution.
Plant cellulose replaces plastic
“Cellulose, the primary building block of the cell walls of all plants, is the most abundant biopolymer on the planet,” explains Shaul Lapidot, PhD, CEO and co-founder of Melodea.
“It provides plants with extraordinary strength, and is a lightweight—yet strong—material We found that this bounteous and renewable material can be utilized to produce novel, eco-friendly packaging alternatives for the packaging industry.”
The company applies proprietary technology to extract cellulose nanocrystals from wood pulp sourced from trees grown in industrial forests. The sustainable barrier coatings are uniquely designed to offer protection from oxygen, oil, grease, and water vapor transmission. The coatings helps maintain the quality and integrity of the packaged foods inside, while eliminating the need for aluminum and plastic. As a forestry by-product, it also is compostable, recyclable, and completely non-toxic for people and the environment.