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Recycling of Residual Polymers Reinforced with Natural Fibers as a Sustainable Alternative: A Review

Environmental Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Universidad de La Guajira, Riohacha 440003, Colombia
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Polymers 2021, 13(21), 3612; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym13213612
Received: 23 September 2021 / Revised: 7 October 2021 / Accepted: 18 October 2021 / Published: 20 October 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Sustainable Biopolymers)
The latest advances in green alternatives are being addressed with bio-based solutions, with uses and applications in new areas due to their wide potential, low cost, lightness, renewability, biodegradability, impact toughness, fatigue resistance, and other specific properties. Natural fibers are sustainable materials that have led researchers to test their viability as alternative reinforcements in residual polymers to meet required engineering specifications; therefore, it is essential to continue making progress in replacing conventional materials. This review is expected to provide an overview of the current scopes and future prospects of biocomposites from polymers reinforced with natural fibers with a focus on the following: i. recycling of residual polymers; ii. available natural fibers and their components in the context of engineering applications; iii. the behavior of the structural modifications of the natural fibers with the physical and chemical treatments in the matrix interaction as reinforcements of the residual polymers; and iv. applications for the development of innovative, efficient, and sustainable solutions for successful, environmentally responsible products. View Full-Text
Keywords: residual polymers; natural fibers; biocomposites; environmental sustainability residual polymers; natural fibers; biocomposites; environmental sustainability
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Fuentes Molina, N.; Fragozo Brito, Y.; Polo Benavides, J.M. Recycling of Residual Polymers Reinforced with Natural Fibers as a Sustainable Alternative: A Review. Polymers 2021, 13, 3612. https://doi.org/10.3390/polym13213612

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Fuentes Molina N, Fragozo Brito Y, Polo Benavides JM. Recycling of Residual Polymers Reinforced with Natural Fibers as a Sustainable Alternative: A Review. Polymers. 2021; 13(21):3612. https://doi.org/10.3390/polym13213612

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Fuentes Molina, Natalia, Yoleimis Fragozo Brito, and Jesús M. Polo Benavides. 2021. "Recycling of Residual Polymers Reinforced with Natural Fibers as a Sustainable Alternative: A Review" Polymers 13, no. 21: 3612. https://doi.org/10.3390/polym13213612

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