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Introduction

  • Lina Fernanda Ballesteros
  • Michele Michelin
  • António Augusto Vicente
  • José António Teixeira
  • Miguel Ângelo Cerqueira
Chapter
Part of the SpringerBriefs in Molecular Science book series (BRIEFSMOLECULAR)

Abstract

Lignocellulosic materials (LCMs) are the most available materials in the world. They are a source of biopolymers with outstanding features, which can be used in bio-based packaging. Encouraged by governmental policies and investments, the development of bio-based packaging boosted in the last years and is expected to reach values of 6.1 million tonnes in 2021. This chapter provides a broad overview on the economical and environmental interest of using LCMs in bio-based packaging and the recent numbers and developments on bio-based packaging materials.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Lina Fernanda Ballesteros
    • 1
  • Michele Michelin
    • 2
  • António Augusto Vicente
    • 3
  • José António Teixeira
    • 4
  • Miguel Ângelo Cerqueira
    • 5
  1. 1.Centre of Biological EngineeringUniversity of MinhoBragaPortugal
  2. 2.Centre of Biological EngineeringUniversity of MinhoBragaPortugal
  3. 3.Centre of Biological EngineeringUniversity of MinhoBragaPortugal
  4. 4.Centre of Biological EngineeringUniversity of MinhoBragaPortugal
  5. 5.International Iberian Nanotechnology LaboratoryBragaPortugal

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