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Advances in Biorefineries by Keith W. Waldron

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The use of biomass for packaging films and coatings

H.M.C. De Azeredo,    Institute of Food Research, UK

M.F. Rosa, M. De Sá and M. Souza Filho,    Embrapa Tropical Agroindustry, Brazil

K.W. Waldron,    Institute of Food Research, UK

Abstract:

Because of concerns involving the continual disposal of huge volumes of non-biodegradable food packaging materials, there has been an increasing tendency to replace petroleum-derived polymers with bio-based, environmentally friendly biodegradable macromolecules. There are a variety of biomass-derived structures which can be used as packaging materials, especially as films and coatings. Moreover, there are several biomass-derived compounds which can be used as additives for these materials such as plasticizers, ...

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