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Bio-Based Packaging: Materials, Modifications, Industrial Applications and Sustainability

Sustainable Packaging Institute SPI, Faculty of Life Sciences, Albstadt-Sigmaringen University, Anton-Günther-Str., 51, 72488 Sigmaringen, Germany
IRIS Technology Solutions S.L., Parc Mediterrani de la Tecnologia, Avda, Carl Friedrich Gauss 11, 08001 Barcelona, Spain
c/o Department of Civil and Industrial Engineering of University of Pisa, Inter University Consortium of Materials Science and Technology (INSTM), Largo L. Lazzarino 1, 56122 Pisa, Italy
Planet Bioplastics s.r.l., via San Giovanni Bosco 23, 56127 Pisa, Italy
Laboratori ARCHA Srl, via di Tegulaia 10/A, 56121 Pisa, Italy
Aimplas, Plastic Technologic Center, Valencia Parc Tecnologic, C/Gustave Eiffel, 4, 46001 Valencia, Spain
OWS, Dok-Noord 5, 9000 Ghent, Belgium
European Bioplastics, Marienstrasse 19/20, 10117 Berlin, Germany
Centexbel, Technologiepark 70, 9052 Zwijnaarde, Belgium
Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.
These authors contributed equally to this work.
Polymers 2020, 12(7), 1558;
Received: 11 April 2020 / Revised: 26 June 2020 / Accepted: 29 June 2020 / Published: 14 July 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Sustainable Bio-Based Polymers: Towards a Circular Bioeconomy)
Environmental impacts and consumer concerns have necessitated the study of bio-based materials as alternatives to petrochemicals for packaging applications. The purpose of this review is to summarize synthetic and non-synthetic materials feasible for packaging and textile applications, routes of upscaling, (industrial) applications, evaluation of sustainability, and end-of-life options. The outlined bio-based materials include polylactic acid, polyethylene furanoate, polybutylene succinate, and non-synthetically produced polymers such as polyhydrodyalkanoate, cellulose, starch, proteins, lipids, and waxes. Further emphasis is placed on modification techniques (coating and surface modification), biocomposites, multilayers, and additives used to adjust properties especially for barriers to gas and moisture and to tune their biodegradability. Overall, this review provides a holistic view of bio-based packaging material including processing, and an evaluation of the sustainability of and options for recycling. Thus, this review contributes to increasing the knowledge of available sustainable bio-based packaging material and enhancing the transfer of scientific results into applications. View Full-Text
Keywords: bioplastic; packaging; textile; polylactic acid; coatings; biodegradation; upscaling; end of life bioplastic; packaging; textile; polylactic acid; coatings; biodegradation; upscaling; end of life
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Reichert, C.L.; Bugnicourt, E.; Coltelli, M.-B.; Cinelli, P.; Lazzeri, A.; Canesi, I.; Braca, F.; Martínez, B.M.; Alonso, R.; Agostinis, L.; Verstichel, S.; Six, L.; Mets, S.D.; Gómez, E.C.; Ißbrücker, C.; Geerinck, R.; Nettleton, D.F.; Campos, I.; Sauter, E.; Pieczyk, P.; Schmid, M. Bio-Based Packaging: Materials, Modifications, Industrial Applications and Sustainability. Polymers 2020, 12, 1558.

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Reichert CL, Bugnicourt E, Coltelli M-B, Cinelli P, Lazzeri A, Canesi I, Braca F, Martínez BM, Alonso R, Agostinis L, Verstichel S, Six L, Mets SD, Gómez EC, Ißbrücker C, Geerinck R, Nettleton DF, Campos I, Sauter E, Pieczyk P, Schmid M. Bio-Based Packaging: Materials, Modifications, Industrial Applications and Sustainability. Polymers. 2020; 12(7):1558.

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Reichert, Corina L., Elodie Bugnicourt, Maria-Beatrice Coltelli, Patrizia Cinelli, Andrea Lazzeri, Ilaria Canesi, Francesca Braca, Belén M. Martínez, Rafael Alonso, Lodovico Agostinis, Steven Verstichel, Lasse Six, Steven D. Mets, Elena C. Gómez, Constance Ißbrücker, Ruben Geerinck, David F. Nettleton, Inmaculada Campos, Erik Sauter, Pascal Pieczyk, and Markus Schmid. 2020. "Bio-Based Packaging: Materials, Modifications, Industrial Applications and Sustainability" Polymers 12, no. 7: 1558.

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