Special Issue "Sustainable Polymer Technologies for a Circular Economy"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 10 July 2022 | Viewed by 9592
Interests: bio-based and biodegradable polymers; green composites; polymerization of biopolymers; processing of bioplastics; nanofibers obtained by electrospinning; sustainable polymer technologies for food preservation; controlled release of active compounds in plastic formulations; biopolymers for food packaging; bioeconomy; circular economy
Special Issues, Collections and Topics in MDPI journals
Special Issue in Materials: Environmentally Friendly Polymers and Polymer Composites
Special Issue in Polymers: Advances in Manufacturing and Characterization of Functional Polyesters
Special Issue in Foods: Circular Bioeconomy: Novel Processes and Materials for Food Preservation
Topical Collection in Polymers: Sustainable Plastics
Topics: Sustainable Polymer Technologies
We live in a defining moment in history, a moment where the scientific community has come together to agree on an ambitious framework to resolve the environmental issues associated with plastic waste. Plastics are the “workhorse” material of the modern economy, with multiple functions that help to tackle a number of the challenges facing our society. Plastic production has increased from 15 million tons in the sixties to 311 million tons in 2014 and is expected to triple by 2050, as plastics come to serve increasingly more applications. Plastic packaging is and will remain the dominant sectoral use of plastics globally, representing nearly 40% of the plastic market. However, after a first short use cycle, most of its value is lost to the economy. Furthermore, hundreds of millions of tons of plastics escape collection systems, ending up in the environment whether as microscopic particles or surviving in a recognizable form for hundreds of years. Therefore, it is high time to implement the Circular Economy principles in the plastic sector. The game-changing strategy is to promote sustainable polymer technologies that decouple plastics from fossil feedstocks, drastically reduce the leakage of plastics into natural systems, and increase the quality and uptake of plastic recycling. This Special Issue focuses on recent research studies devoted to enabling better economic and environmental advances in the plastic packaging value chain that can successfully accelerate the transition of the plastic industry from its traditional linear economy to a more valuable and sustainable model.
Prof. Dr. Sergio Torres-Giner
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- Plastics towards a Circular Economy
- Green composites
- Natural additives for plastic formulations
- Waste management of plastics
- Biorefinery system design
- Reduction of plastic packaging leakage
- Chemical and physical recycling
- Compostable plastic articles
- Sustainable packaging