A roadmap for bioplastics adoption in food packaging

June 24th, 2024

Presentation by Dr Mehran Ghasemlou (Deakin University)

Plastics have undeniably transformed our modern lives, providing unmatched convenience, durability, and versatility. However, their widespread use has come at a significant cost to the environment. Given the escalating danger of plastic pollution, there is an urgent requirement to develop novel plastics that are either biodegradable or recyclable. In recent years, numerous strategies have been suggested to address the hazards and difficulties associated with plastic waste or lessen the scale of the plastic issue. Bioplastics have emerged as a potential game-changer. Bioplastics play a vital role in ensuring the safety, quality, and convenience of food packaging, making them indispensable in the food industry. They can help to protect food from contamination, spoilage, and physical damage during transportation, storage, and display. This presentation will outline a comprehensive roadmap for the adoption of bioplastics in food packaging, highlighting their long-term viability and their contribution to a circular economy.