Transparent Bioplastic Derived from CO2-Based Polymer Functionalized with Oregano Waste Extract toward Active Food Packaging

Catégorie : Recyclage Chimique
Date :20 novembre 2020
Thi Nga Tran; Mai, Binh T.; Setti, Chiara; Athanassiou, Athanassia.
Acs Applied Materials & Interfaces : 12 (DocId: 41) 46667–46677.
Active packaging materials, biodegradable and from renewable resources, are the most promising substitutes of nonbiodegradable, petroleum-based plastics, toward green and sustainable packaging solutions. In this study, an innovative bioplastic system, composed of carbon dioxide-derived poly-propylene carbonate) (PPC) and nature-originated cellulose acetate (CA), was developed. The extract from oregano waste was incorporated into the bioplastics as a low-cost and effective antioxidant resource. Thin, freestanding, and flexible PPC.CA bioplastic films were obtained by a simple, easily scalable solvent casting technique. The pristine films, without the oregano extract, featured good transparency and high water vapor barrier ability, along with suitable mechanical and thermal properties that are comparable to commercial plastics used for packaging. Interestingly, the incorporation of oregano waste extract added to the bioplastics high UV protection and high antioxidant activity, suitable features for active food packaging applications, without compromising the intriguing properties of the pristine films. The biocomposite films were not only biocompatible but also started biodegrading after just 1 week in seawater. The reported biocomposites are foreseen as promising candidates for several packaging applications, but in particular for sustainable active food packaging.