A 24-month project, dubbed “Nanopack,” financed by the Valencian Institute of Business Competitiveness, is reportedly working to develop the first prototypes of packaging for cosmetics using nanomaterials. Packaging research institutes the Technological Institute of Plastic and AINA Technological Centre will collaborate on the research and development project, which offers the promise of adding the nanoparticles to biopolymers from renewable resources to give the plastics desirable properties, such as a higher gas barrier and improved mechanical and thermal properties relating to design, weight, strength, and durability. See Packaging Europe News, November 12, 2014.