1st Mile has secured funding from EU Horizon 2020 SME program for EcoXpac. In August 2014 The EU-Commission received 2,666 proposals and awarded 155 projects. 4 of these were from Denmark and 1st Mile wrote 2 of them.
EcoXpac has found a way to make it possible to replace all kinds of plastic products with biodegradable fibre products. Replacing plastic bottles with Green Fibre bottles is the mission for EcoXpac. EcoXpac has a very ambitious plan for the development and has used 1st Mile to secure funding from different funding programs, including Horizon 2020, EU’s innovation and research program from 2014-2020.
Disposable plastic bottles are an increasing threat to our environment. 50 billion water bottles alone are consumed every year and 80 % of all plastic bottles end up in landfills. EcoXpac owns the technology to produce a 100% biodegradable bottle – the Green Fibre Bottle. The fibre material is not new in itself, but so far it has not been possible for packaging manufacturers to produce a bottle at a competitive prize – primarily due to the extremely energy consuming and complicated drying process and long production cycle. EcoXpac owns the rights to an energy saving impulse-drying technique that will disrupt the market for moulded fibres. The technique will make it possible to replace all kinds of plastic products with biodegradable fibre products.