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Starch-based biodegradable packaging materials: A review of their preparation, characterization and diverse applications in the food industry

BackgroundSynthetic plastics are extremely versatile and convenient materials that can be used to create a diversity of useful products, but their widespread use is causing increasing damage to the planet. As a result, there has been considerable efforts towards the development of more biodegradable and environmentally-friendly materials. Among various alternatives, starch is considered as a good substitute for synthetic polymers due to its abundant supply, low cost, complete biodegradation, high biocompatibility, and good film-forming properties. However, a number of technical challenges need to be overcome to increase the practical of starch-based materials for manner applications.

Publication date: 01/08/2021

Author: Hao Cheng, Long Chen, David Julian McClements, Tianyi Yang, Zipei Zhang, Fei Ren, Ming Miao, Yaoqi Tian, Zhengyu Jin

Trends in Food Science & Technology


This project has received funding from the Bio Based Industries Joint Undertaking under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 837761.