Developments in bioplastic materials for packaging food, beverages and other fast-moving consumer goods
T.A. Cooper, ARGO Group International, USA
This chapter discusses the current situation, developments and future trends in the use of biodegradable and biobased plastics in packaging for food, beverages and other fast-moving consumer items. Areas covered include the production, properties and processing of the various types of biodegradable polymer used for packaging, biobased versions of conventional polymers used in packaging and developments in the synthesis of monomers, chemicals and polymers by biobased routes. Particular emphasis is given to biobased polyethylene, polypropylene and polyethylene terepthalate. Definitions ...