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Promising Developments in Bio-Based Products as Alternatives to Conventional Plastics to Enable Circular Economy in Ukraine

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Scientific Department, Sumy National Agrarian University, 40031 Sumy, Ukraine
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Department of Economics and Statistics “Cognetti de Martiis”, University of Turin, 10153 Turin, Italy
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Department of Environment, Land, and Infrastructure Engineering (DIATI), Politecnico di Torino, 10129 Turin, Italy
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Energy Center Lab, Politecnico di Torino, 10138 Turin, Italy
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Recycling 2022, 7(2), 20; https://doi.org/10.3390/recycling7020020
Received: 15 February 2022 / Revised: 9 March 2022 / Accepted: 16 March 2022 / Published: 25 March 2022
Transforming the plastic industry toward producing more sustainable alternatives than conventional plastics, as an essential enabler of the bio-based circular economy (CE), requires reinforcing initiatives to drive solutions from the lab to the market. In this regard, startups and ideation and innovation events can potentially play significant roles in consolidating efforts and investments by academia and industry to foster bio-based and biodegradable plastic-related developments. This study aimed to present the current trends and challenges of bioplastics and bio-based materials as sustainable alternatives for plastics. On this basis, having conducted a systematic literature review, the seminal research themes of the bio-based materials and bioplastics literature were unfolded and discussed. Then, the most recent developments of bio-based sustainable products in Ukraine, as alternatives to petroleum-based plastics, that have gained publicity through local startup programs and hackathons were presented. The findings shed light on the potential of the bio-based sector to facilitate the CE transition through (i) rendering innovative solutions most of which have been less noticed in academia before; (ii) enhancing academic debate and bridging the gap between developers, scholars, and practitioners within the plastic industry toward creating circularity across the supply chain; (iii) identifying the main challenges and future perspectives for further investigations in the future. View Full-Text
Keywords: bio-based plastics; biodegradable plastics; plastics strategy; circular economy; bio-based circular economy; circular bioeconomy; plastic waste; bio-based material; bio-based products; petroleum-based plastics bio-based plastics; biodegradable plastics; plastics strategy; circular economy; bio-based circular economy; circular bioeconomy; plastic waste; bio-based material; bio-based products; petroleum-based plastics
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Shevchenko, T.; Ranjbari, M.; Shams Esfandabadi, Z.; Danko, Y.; Bliumska-Danko, K. Promising Developments in Bio-Based Products as Alternatives to Conventional Plastics to Enable Circular Economy in Ukraine. Recycling 2022, 7, 20. https://doi.org/10.3390/recycling7020020

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Shevchenko T, Ranjbari M, Shams Esfandabadi Z, Danko Y, Bliumska-Danko K. Promising Developments in Bio-Based Products as Alternatives to Conventional Plastics to Enable Circular Economy in Ukraine. Recycling. 2022; 7(2):20. https://doi.org/10.3390/recycling7020020

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Shevchenko, Tetiana, Meisam Ranjbari, Zahra Shams Esfandabadi, Yuriy Danko, and Kseniia Bliumska-Danko. 2022. "Promising Developments in Bio-Based Products as Alternatives to Conventional Plastics to Enable Circular Economy in Ukraine" Recycling 7, no. 2: 20. https://doi.org/10.3390/recycling7020020

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