R3PACK is the acronym for Reduce, Reuse, Rethink PACKaging: towards novel fiber-based packaging and reuse schemes uptake.

This project aims to tackle the challenge of revolutionizing sustainable packaging in alignment with the Green Deal’s objectives – carbon neutrality by 2050 and economically viable, 100% reusable or recyclable packaging in the EU market by 2030.

R3PACK is a Horizon Europe project that started on June 2022 and will run for 36 months.

From 2022 to 2025, the 24 partners’ goal is (i) to secure fast and extensive uptake of innovative technologies allowing immediate substitution of complex multilayer plastic packaging with high-performing fiber-based packaging and (ii) to optimize reuse schemes for packaging covering the needs of 13 different food product types. These innovations will be deployed in parallel to economical, industrial, and environmental optimisation of reuse schemes demonstrated at a large scale.

The R3PACK consortium gathers 24 organisations from 7 different countries, bringing together key actors from the food value chain, from the packaging manufacturer to the retailer, combined with experts in the food sector from companies providing innovative solutions to Universities. Discover our partners below:

Aarhus University ALTHO BRETS BIM Kemi Bioextrax AB Candia (Coopérative Sodiaal) Carrefour Europe Snacks France FiberLean Technologies Floréale Holding Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft GASCOGNE Groupe GUILLIN Innovhub-Stazioni Sperimentali per l’Industria ISTC-CNR Groupe LSDH Politecnico di Milano The (RE)SET Company RISE Research Institutes of Sweden SAFE – Safe Food Advocacy Europe Schreiber Foods SGS Agriculture & Food SYSTEME U THIOLAT PACKAGING Alma Mater Studiorum – Università di Bologna

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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon Europe Research and Innovation programme under Grant Agreement No 101060806. 

For more information, check out the project webpage on the European Commission website


From 01 June 2022
to 31 May 2025