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Biodegradable Polymers for the Production of Nets for Agricultural Product Packaging

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Department of Engineering, University of Palermo, Viale delle Scienze, 90128 Palermo, Italy
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Consorzio INSTM, Via Giusti 9, 50121 Firenze, Italy
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Faculty of Engineering and Architecture, Kore University of Enna, Cittadella Universitaria, 94100 Enna, Italy
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Materials 2021, 14(2), 323; https://doi.org/10.3390/ma14020323
Received: 1 December 2020 / Revised: 22 December 2020 / Accepted: 6 January 2021 / Published: 9 January 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Biodegradable Polymers: From Synthesis to the Market)
It is well known that the need for more environmentally friendly materials concerns, among other fields, the food packaging industry. This regards also, for instance, nets used for agricultural product (e.g., citrus fruits, potatoes) packaging. These nets are typically manufactured by film blowing technique, with subsequent slicing of the films and cold drawing of the obtained strips, made from traditional, non-biodegradable polymer systems. In this work, two biodegradable polymer systems were characterized from rheological, processability, and mechanical points of view, in order to evaluate their suitability to replace polyethylene-based polymer systems typically used for agricultural product net manufacturing. Furthermore, laboratory simulation of the above-mentioned processing operation paths was performed. The results indicated a good potential for biodegradable polymer systems to replace polyethylene-based systems for agricultural product packaging. View Full-Text
Keywords: biodegradable polymer; fruit packaging; fibers; films; elongational flow biodegradable polymer; fruit packaging; fibers; films; elongational flow
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La Mantia, F.P.; Ceraulo, M.; Testa, P.; Morreale, M. Biodegradable Polymers for the Production of Nets for Agricultural Product Packaging. Materials 2021, 14, 323. https://doi.org/10.3390/ma14020323

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La Mantia FP, Ceraulo M, Testa P, Morreale M. Biodegradable Polymers for the Production of Nets for Agricultural Product Packaging. Materials. 2021; 14(2):323. https://doi.org/10.3390/ma14020323

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La Mantia, Francesco P., Manuela Ceraulo, Paolo Testa, and Marco Morreale. 2021. "Biodegradable Polymers for the Production of Nets for Agricultural Product Packaging" Materials 14, no. 2: 323. https://doi.org/10.3390/ma14020323

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