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An Overview of the Alternative Use of Seaweeds to Produce Safe and Sustainable Bio-Packaging

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MARE-Marine and Environmental Sciences Centre, Department of Life Sciences, University of Coimbra, Calçada Martim de Freitas, 3000-456 Coimbra, Portugal
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Department of Biology and CESAM, University of Aveiro, 3810-193 Aveiro, Portugal
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Academic Editor: Sergio Torres-Giner
Appl. Sci. 2022, 12(6), 3123; https://doi.org/10.3390/app12063123
Received: 29 January 2022 / Revised: 28 February 2022 / Accepted: 15 March 2022 / Published: 18 March 2022
In modern times, seaweeds have become widely involved in several biotechnological applications due to the variety of their constituent bioactive compounds. The consumption of seaweeds dates to ancient times; however, only from the last few decades of research can we explain the mechanisms of action and the potential of seaweed-derived bioactive compounds, which has led to their involvement in food, cosmetic, pharmaceutical, and nutraceutical industries. Macroalgae-derived bioactive compounds are of great importance as their properties enable them to be ideal candidates for the production of sustainable “green” packaging. Diverse studies demonstrate that seaweed polysaccharides (e.g., alginates and carrageenans) not only provide health benefits, but also contribute to the production of biopolymeric film and biodegradable packaging. The dispersion of plastics and microplastics in the oceans provoke serious environmental issues that influence ecosystems and aquatic organisms. Thus, the sustainable use of seaweed-derived biopolymers is now crucial to replace plasticizers with biodegradable materials, and thus preserve the environment. The present review aims to provide an overview on the potential of seaweeds in the production of bioplastics which might be involved in food or pharmaceutical packaging. View Full-Text
Keywords: seaweed; bioactive compounds; bioplastic; sustainability; biodegradable packaging seaweed; bioactive compounds; bioplastic; sustainability; biodegradable packaging
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Lomartire, S.; Marques, J.C.; Gonçalves, A.M.M. An Overview of the Alternative Use of Seaweeds to Produce Safe and Sustainable Bio-Packaging. Appl. Sci. 2022, 12, 3123. https://doi.org/10.3390/app12063123

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Lomartire S, Marques JC, Gonçalves AMM. An Overview of the Alternative Use of Seaweeds to Produce Safe and Sustainable Bio-Packaging. Applied Sciences. 2022; 12(6):3123. https://doi.org/10.3390/app12063123

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Lomartire, Silvia, João C. Marques, and Ana M.M. Gonçalves. 2022. "An Overview of the Alternative Use of Seaweeds to Produce Safe and Sustainable Bio-Packaging" Applied Sciences 12, no. 6: 3123. https://doi.org/10.3390/app12063123

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