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Circular Economy Strategies: Use of Corn Waste to Develop Biomaterials

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Design Department, Arts and Humanities Faculty, Metropolitan Technological Institute (ITM), Medellín 050036, Colombia
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Design Department, Production and Design Faculty, Universitary Institution Pascual Bravo, Medellín 050036, Colombia
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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; https://doi.org/10.3390/su13158356
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. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13158356

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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. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13158356

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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. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13158356

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