The project is financed by the Innovation Fund from the budget of the Republic of Serbia from the division of the Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development, through the Serbia Competitiveness and Jobs Project (loan agreement with the World Bank).
What we are trying to do is to mix plastic, which we already know to do, with zeolite which contains silver ions. Zeolite is going to release silver inside the packaging. Silver ions are very strong antimicrobial agents and at very small concentrations they will kill the most of pathogenic microorganisms. It is important to say that at this concentrations silver ions do not interfere contain of packaging.
Main goals of Active packaging is:
- To kill pathogenic or stop reproduction microorganisms
- Making product safer for consumer
- Increasing shelf life without conservans which is more better for consumer.
Granulate mixed with zeolite which contains silver ions will be used for packaging in pharmaceutical, food, cosmetic and other industries that needs to be Active packaging. Project for research and development will be 2 years and after that will be commercialized.