Poly-paper: a sustainable material for packaging, based on recycled paper and recyclable with paper.

Abstract

BACKGROUND Until now, environmental sustainability issues are almost entirely unsolved for packaging materials. With the final aim of finding materials with a single recycling channel, cellulose fiber/poly(vinyl)alcohol composites were investigated. METHODS After extrusion and injection molding, samples of composite with different cellulose fiber content (30%, 50% and 70% w/w) were tested. RESULTS Tensile mechanical tests exhibited an improvement in composite stiffness when the reinforcement content was increased together with a decrease in composite elongation. Solubility tests performed at room temperature and 45°C showed different behavior depending on the water-resistant film applied on the composite (50% cellulose fiber content). In particular, the uncoated composite showed complete solubility after 2 hours, whereas at the same time point, no solubility occurred when a non-water-soluble varnish was used. CONCLUSIONS The proposed composites, named Poly-paper, appear to warrant further investigation as highly sustainable packaging.

DOI: 10.5301/jabfm.5000335

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@article{Curto2016PolypaperAS, title={Poly-paper: a sustainable material for packaging, based on recycled paper and recyclable with paper.}, author={Barbara del Curto and Nadia Barelli and Mauro Profaizer and Silvia Fare and M. Cristina Tanzi and Alberto Cigada and Giulia Ognibene and Giuseppe Recca and Gianluca Cicala}, journal={Journal of applied biomaterials & functional materials}, year={2016}, volume={14 4}, pages={e490-e495} }