Renewable fibers and bio-based materials for packaging applications: A review of recent developments

Caisa Johansson (Corresponding Author), Julien Bras, Iñaki Mondragon, Petronela Nechita, David Plackett, Peter Šimon, Diana Gregor Svetec, Sanna Virtanen, Marco Giacinti Baschetti, Chris Breen, Francis Clegg, Susana Aucejo

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This review describes the state-of-the-art of material derived from the forest sector with respect to its potential for use in the packaging industry. Some innovative approaches are highlighted. The aim is to cover recent developments and key challenges for successful introduction of renewable materials in the packaging market. The covered subjects are renewable fibers and bio-based polymers for use in bioplastics or as coatings for paper-based packaging materials. Current market sizes and forecasts are also presented. Competitive mechanical, thermal, and barrier properties along with material availability and ease of processing are identified as fundamental issues for sustainable utilization of renewable materials.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2506-2552
Number of pages47
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2012
MoE publication typeA2 Review article in a scientific journal


  • Bio-materials
  • Bioplastics
  • Coating
  • Composites
  • Fibers
  • Packaging
  • Paper


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