Paper-based Products as Promising Substitutes for Plastics in the Context of Bans on Non-biodegradables

Wei Liu, Huayu Liu, Kun Liu, Haishun Du, Ying Liu, Chuanling Si

Abstract


As a global environmental problem, plastic pollution has attracted worldwide attention. Plastic wastes not only disrupt ecosystems and biodiversity, but they also threaten human life and health. Countries around the world have enacted regulations in recent years to limit the use of plastics. Paper products have been proposed as promising substitutes for plastics, which undoubtedly brings unprecedented opportunities to the pulp and paper industry. However, paper products have some deficiencies in replacing certain plastic products. Research and development to improve paper properties and reduce production costs is needed to meet such challenges.

Keywords


Plastic; Plastic bans; Pulp and paper industry; Paper-based materials

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