Synthetic biodegradable packaging

This solution was shared by PRE-LAUNCH RESEARCH TEAM , 14 May 2021

Print date: 05 October 2022 12:43

Description of the innovative solution

Circular economy Convenient processing Food design Packaging Behavior change Food environment - external Consumer choice Retail promotion Perishable food

Rising environmental concerns about the volume of waste generated by packaging materials has led to a new interest in the development of synthetic biodegradable packaging. While most packaging material is typically made of synthetic, petroleum-based polymers, this innovation utilizes synthetic polymers that are specifically designed to be biodegradable, and thus will eventually break down into natural materials in shorter time spans than its predecessors. This can lead to a general decrease in the volume of solid waste produced globally, as well as have notable effects on decreasing contamination from traditional packaging materials.

Supply chain segment

Processing and packaging

Maturity level

Gaining traction

Criteria

Food safety Climate mitigation Reducing pollution

SDG target

SDG 6: Clean Water and Sanitation SDG 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities SDG 12: Responsible Consumption and Production SDG 13: Climate Action

Context

Urban Peri-urban Rural Marine/Coastal

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Types of biodegradable synthetic polyesters being developed
News article, popular press or blog post
In-depth view of the chemical composition of synthetic biodegradable polymers from the perspective United States companies
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Database for suppliers and manufacturers of certain bioplastics
Business case
Comprehensive database of various suppliers and manufacturers for specific types of bioplastics
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For a Greener Future: Biodegradable Packaging Materials
News article, popular press or blog post
Biodegradable polymers for sustainable packaging
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