Botanicals and Packaging

Time: 16:15 - 16:35

Date: 25 November 2020

“Botanicals” is a word that indicates the origin of a substance comes from the plant kingdom and can be applied in areas such as food science and cosmetics. Natural extracts however, may well interact with the primary packaging, causing a change in their characteristics, and sometimes even the safety of the product itself. The main interactions between the different components of the most commonly used extracts with the polymeric materials making up the main packaging shall be discussed.

Furthermore, the current state of awareness of the various environmental issues requires a behavior aimed at sustainability. From here different types of bioplastics are appearing on the market for the production of packaging including those based on cellulosic esters, starch derivatives, such as polyhydroxybutyrate, polylactic acid and polycaprolactone, which seem to associate high biodegradability with excellent barrier properties and relatively high thermal stability.

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