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Circular Economy Strategies: Use of Corn Waste to Develop Biomaterials

Design Department, Arts and Humanities Faculty, Metropolitan Technological Institute (ITM), Medellín 050036, Colombia
Design Department, Production and Design Faculty, Universitary Institution Pascual Bravo, Medellín 050036, Colombia
Faculty of Industrial Engineering, Engineering School, Pontifical Bolivarian University (UPB), Medellín 050031, Colombia
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Academic Editors: Gaetano Chinnici and Giuseppe Antonio Di Vita
Sustainability 2021, 13(15), 8356;
Received: 27 June 2021 / Revised: 23 July 2021 / Accepted: 24 July 2021 / Published: 27 July 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Sustainability and Food Waste: Firm Strategies and Consumer Behaviour)
The circular economy is a process through which elements that have already been used are reincorporated and given a second use so that they can reduce the consumption of virgin raw materials. This article shows how, from the reuse of an agro-industrial waste such as corn husks, a biomaterial can be developed that manages to standardize the properties of materials such as paper and cardboard, thus allowing the development of single-use products that replace the excessive expense of materials such as polymers. In this article, it will be possible to show how from the process of transforming an agro-industrial waste into a raw material base, it is possible not only to reduce the number of raw materials discarded but also to redesign a product that not only contributes to the environmental component but also facilitates the processes of economic sustainability when generating products. As a practical case, a comparison is made between traditional fast-food packaging and how from these, a new packaging proposal can be generated, which starts from the principles of circular economy and complements sustainable design processes to make more efficient manufacturing of the mentioned product. View Full-Text
Keywords: sustainability; food waste; sustainable development; corn; raw materials sustainability; food waste; sustainable development; corn; raw materials
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Castrillón, H.D.C.; Aguilar, C.M.G.; Álvarez, B.E.A. Circular Economy Strategies: Use of Corn Waste to Develop Biomaterials. Sustainability 2021, 13, 8356.

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Castrillón HDC, Aguilar CMG, Álvarez BEA. Circular Economy Strategies: Use of Corn Waste to Develop Biomaterials. Sustainability. 2021; 13(15):8356.

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Castrillón, Hernán D.C., Carlos M.G. Aguilar, and Beatriz E.A. Álvarez. 2021. "Circular Economy Strategies: Use of Corn Waste to Develop Biomaterials" Sustainability 13, no. 15: 8356.

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