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A roadmap towards green packaging: current status and future outlook for polyesters in the packaging industry

Abstract

Approximately 99% of the plastics produced today are petroleum-based, and the packaging industry alone consumes over 39% of these plastics. In this review, we argue that renewable polyesters can provide a key milestone as renewable plastics in the route toward green packaging. This review describes different classes of polyesters with particular regard to their potential use as packaging materials. Some of the families of polyesters discussed include poly(ethylene terephthalate) and its renewable analogs, polylactides, polyhydroxyalkanoates, and poly(epoxy anhydrides). A structure-property correlation among the various polyesters is also discussed. The challenges that currently hinder the widespread adoption of polyesters as leading packaging materials are also reviewed. Finally, future research directions are summarized as a possible roadmap towards the widespread adoption of renewable polyesters as sustainable packaging materials.

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The article was received on 17 Aug 2017, accepted on 07 Sep 2017 and first published on 07 Sep 2017


Article type: Tutorial Review
DOI: 10.1039/C7GC02521A
Citation: Green Chem., 2017, Accepted Manuscript
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    A roadmap towards green packaging: current status and future outlook for polyesters in the packaging industry

    M. rabnawaz, I. Wyman, R. Auras and S. Cheng, Green Chem., 2017, Accepted Manuscript , DOI: 10.1039/C7GC02521A

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