The movement to fully recyclable and biodegradable packaging materials has been gradual as consumers become more educated about the danger plastics pose to natural habitats like oceans. It’s a slow tide rising, but many experts predict that sustainable packaging is about to wash over most consumer packaged goods (C.P.G.s) within the decade. The question for baked foods and snack producers… Read more »
Researchers at the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) have developed an edible and biodegradable packaging film, which is made from the milk protein casein.
A European project called the Bio-Board project has been instituted to develop sustainable protein-based paper and paperboard coating systems to increase the recyclability of food and beverage packaging materials. The BIO-BOARD project will build on past research that has revealed that whey protein coating can provide bio-degradable plastic layers that can replace existing plastic coatings in multilayer packaging and enhance their recyclability by separating the individual fractions of the multilayer packaging.
U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists and university cooperators have developed a biodegradable plastic that could be used in disposable food containers. The thermoplastic becomes soft when heated.