bioplastics MAGAZINE Issue 02/2009

bioplastics MAGAZINE Issue March/April 2009
 

News

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From Science & Research

  • Use of Biopolymers in Antimicrobial Food Packaging

    The demand for safe, minimally processed, ‘fresh’ food products presents major challenges to the food-packaging industry to develop packaging concepts for maintaining the safety and quality of packaged foods. Recent outbreaks of foodborne pathogens such as Escherichia coli O157:H7, Salmonella spp. and Listeria monocytogenes continue to push for innovative ways to inhibit microbial growth in foods while maintaining quality, freshness and safety. As an additional hurdle to non-thermal processes, antimicrobial packaging can play an important role at reducing the risk of pathogen contamination of minimally processed foods. Antimicrobial packaging systems incorporate antimicrobials into the packaging to prevent microbial growth on the surface of solid foods and to reduce the need for excessive antimicrobials in liquid foods. Currently, food application of an antimicrobial packaging system is limited due to the availability of suitable antimicrobials, new polymer materials, regulatory concerns and appropriate testing methods. [more]

Opinion

  • End of Life Options for Biodegradable & Compostable Biopolymers

    In our modern consumer society especially for short life cycle products, their end of life phase becomes a key issue and providing as many flexible and environmentally friendly recovery options as possible becomes imperative: products made of MaterBi® by Novamont can be recovered through different ways as they meet the essential requirements of the European Directive on Packaging and Packaging Waste (94/62/EC) and satisfy the relevant standards EN 13430 (recycling), EN 13431 (energy recovery), EN 13432 (organic recovery).  [more]

Politics

  • End-of-Life: Recovery Options

    Common treatment options for plastic waste are the recovery routes of incineration (thermal recovery), mechanical (or physical [2]) recycling, chemical recycling [2], or the disposal on a landfill. Bioplastics offer in principle all the recovery options in place for conventional plastics - plus the additional option of organic recycling. [more]

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