Journal of Polymers and the Environment

, Volume 28, Issue 1, pp 123–130 | Cite as

Development of Biodegradable Films with Improved Antioxidant Properties Based on the Addition of Carrageenan Containing Olive Leaf Extract for Food Packaging Applications

  • Gabriela Silveira da RosaEmail author
  • Sai Kranthi Vanga
  • Yvan Gariepy
  • Vijaya Raghavan
Original paper


This study aims at evaluating the bioactive compounds from olive leaf extract and to develop biodegradable carrageenan films with antioxidant properties by incorporating varying concentrations of olive leaf extract. The olive leaf extract obtained by MAE solvent-free had high antioxidant activity and has great potential for use as functional ingredient in food packaging. The results of thickness of biofilms were in the range of 0.097 to 0.162 mm and showed significant difference. Despite the addition of extract into biofilm resulted in a slight increase in the stretching capacity, reduction in its tensile strength and a higher water vapor permeability, the biodegradable films based on carrageenan containing olive leaf exhibited good barrier properties and mechanical properties. The total phenolic compounds and antioxidant activity of films significantly increased with an increase in olive leaf extract concentration, which means that the process to obtain the films does not provoke a degradation of these bio compounds. The incorporation of natural antioxidants appears to be a potential strategy to add additives into packaging material suitable for food products.


Biodegradable Phenolic compounds Antioxidant activity 



The authors would like to thank the Coordination for the Improvement of Higher Education Personnel (CAPES) and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) for their financial support.

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Conflict of interest

The authors have no conflicts of interest to report.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Gabriela Silveira da Rosa
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • Sai Kranthi Vanga
    • 2
  • Yvan Gariepy
    • 2
  • Vijaya Raghavan
    • 2
  1. 1.Chemical EngineeringFederal University of PampaBagéBrazil
  2. 2.Department of Bioresource EngineeringMcGill UniversityQCCanada

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