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Emerging Food Packaging Technologies by D Lee, K Yam

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Utilization of biobased polymers in food packaging: assessment of materials, production and commercialization*

S.H. Imam and G.M. Glenn,     WRRC, USA

E. Chiellini,     WRRC, USA; University of Pisa, Italy

Abstract:

This chapter reviews alternatives to conventional synthetic food packaging materials. It discusses the environmental impact of synthetic plastic packaging. It then goes on to review biobased food packaging materials such as starch-based PHB and PLA polymers as well as PHAs and PVA. It outlines production methods for these materials together with hybrid blends and composites. The example of recycled lignocellulosic fiber is used as a case study. The chapter concludes by looking at ways of assessing the biodegradability of ...

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