Natural Polymeric Materials: A Solution to Plastic Pollution from the Agro-Food Sector

Year of Publication

2021

This review covers available results on the application of methods used in the last 10 years for the design of biomaterials obtained from formulations made with both fruits and vegetables by-products in creating bioplastics.

Source:

MDPI

Author(s):

Maria Assunta Acquavia, Raffaella Pascale, Giuseppe Martelli, Marcella Bondoni, Giuliana Bianco

Geography:

Global

Type:

Primary Data

Purpose of Measurement:

Solution Sets and Impact Potential, Understanding the Problem

Impact theme(s):

Material Flows, Capital Flows, Oceans

In order to reduce dependence on fossil resources, bioplastic materials are being proposed as safer alternatives. Bioplastics are bio-based and/or biodegradable materials, typically derived from renewable sources. Food waste as feedstock represents one of the recent applications in the research field of bioplastics production. The present review covers available results on the application of methods used in the last 10 years for the design of biomaterials obtained from formulations made with both fruits and vegetables by-products. Particular attention will be addressed to the waste pretreatment, to the bioplastic formulation and to its processing, as well as to the mechanical and physical properties of the obtained materials.