RENEWABLE FIBERS AND BIO-BASED MATERIALS FOR PACKAGING APPLICATIONS – A REVIEW OF RECENT DEVELOPMENTS

Caisa Johansson, Julien Bras, Inaki Mondragon, Petronela Nechita, David Plackett, Peter Simon, Diana Gregor Svetec, Sanna Virtanen, Marco Giacinti Baschetti, Chris Breen, Susana Aucejo

Abstract


This review describes the state-of-the-art of material derived from the forest sector with respect to its potential for use in the packaging industry. Some innovative approaches are highlighted. The aim is to cover recent developments and key challenges for successful introduction of renewable materials in the packaging market. The covered subjects are renewable fibers and bio-based polymers for use in bioplastics or as coatings for paper-based packaging materials. Current market sizes and forecasts are also presented. Competitive mechanical, thermal, and barrier properties along with material availability and ease of processing are identified as fundamental issues for sustainable utilization of renewable materials.

Keywords


Bio-materials; Fibers; Bioplastics; Composites; Packaging; Paper; Coating

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