Herein, we reviewed the potential of bio-based food packaging materials as an alternative to petro- materials. Effective deployment of suitable packaging material is a growing concern. The broader applied spectrum of polymeric materials is discussed with suitable examples.

Date: November 2020

Source: Science Direct (Abstract and link to purchase PDF)

Author: Muhammad Asghera, Sarmad Ahmad Qamara, Muhammad Bilalb, Hafiz M.N. Iqbal

Excerpt: “Microbial polymers (PHA and PLA), wood-based polymers (cellulose, hemicellulose, starch & lignin), and protein-based polymers (gelatin, keratin, wheat gluten, soy protein and whey protein isolates) were among the materials most widely exploited for the development of smart packaging films. These biopolymers are able to synthesize coatings and films with good barrier properties against food borne pathogens and the transport of gases.”