Renewable polymers and plastics: performance beyond the green.

  title={Renewable polymers and plastics: performance beyond the green.},
  author={Alessandro Pellis and Mario Malinconico and Alice Guarneri and Lucia Gardossi},
  journal={New biotechnology},

Towards a Circular Economy of Plastics: An Evaluation of the Systematic Transition to a New Generation of Bioplastics

Plastics have become an essential part of the modern world thanks to their appealing physical and chemical properties as well as their low production cost. The most common type of polymers used for

Bioplastics for a circular economy

Bioplastics — typically plastics manufactured from bio-based polymers — stand to contribute to more sustainable commercial plastic life cycles as part of a circular economy, in which virgin polymers

Contribution of Fermentation Technology to Building Blocks for Renewable Plastics

Large-scale worldwide production of plastics requires the use of large quantities of fossil fuels, leading to a negative impact on the environment. If the production of plastic continues to increase

Enzymatic Polymerization as a Green Approach to Synthesizing Bio-Based Polyesters

The present review focuses on the most promising, commercially available aliphatic and alipharomatic polyesters that can be synthesized enzymatically and concludes that important steps have been taken toward synthesizing sustainably green polymers.

Towards Next-Generation Sustainable Composites Made of Recycled Rubber, Cenospheres, and Biobinder

The manufacturing and characterisation of the three-component bio-based composites are described and the properties’ dependence on the DCR and CS fraction are investigated, finding that the maximum compression strength observed was 79.3 MPa, while the second-highest value of compression strength was 11.2 MPa.

Achievements and Trends in Biocatalytic Synthesis of Specialty Polymers from Biomass-Derived Monomers Using Lipases

New technologies for the conversion of biomass into high-value chemicals, including polymers and plastics, is a must and a challenge. The development of green processes in the last decade involved a

A Review of Bioplastics and Their Adoption in the Circular Economy

The field of bioplastics is reviewed, including standards and life cycle assessment studies, and some of the challenges that can be currently identified with the adoption of these materials are discussed.

The Use of Thermal Techniques in the Characterization of Bio-Sourced Polymers

The state of the art of the last two years, as regards the use of thermal techniques in biopolymer design, polymer recycling, and the preparation of recyclable polymers as well as potential tools for biopolymers design in AM are reported.

Scotland's Rural College Towards Next-Generation Sustainable Composites Made of Recycled Rubber, Cenospheres, and Biobinder Irtiseva,

The utilisation of industrial residual products to develop new value-added materials and reduce their environmental footprint is one of the critical challenges of science and industry. Development of

Utilisation of Bio-binder Made of Homogenised Peat in Crumb Rubber-containing Composites

The utilisation of the industrial residual products to create new value-added materials and to reduce footprint is a modern challenge of science and industry. Development of the new multifunctional



Biofibres, biodegradable polymers and biocomposites: An overview

Recently the critical discussion about the preservation of natural resources and recycling has led to the renewed interest concerning biomaterials with the focus on renewable raw materials. Because

Renewable building blocks for sustainable polyesters: new biotechnological routes for greener plastics

The next generation of plastics are expected to contribute to a massive reduction in the carbon footprint by the exploitation, in industrial productive processes, of renewable monomers such as

Post-polymerization modification of bio-based polymers : Maximizing the high functionality of polymers derived from biomass

The renaissance of the bio-based chemical industry over the last 20years has seen an ever growing interest in the synthesis of new bio-based polymers. The building blocks of these new polymers, so

Environmentally degradable, high-performance thermoplastics from phenolic phytomonomers

The mechanical performance of these materials surpasses that of current biodegradable plastics, with a mechanical strength of 63 MPa, a Young’s modulus of 16 GPa, and a maximum softening temperature of 169 ∘C.

Biodegradable and compostable alternatives to conventional plastics

It is the view of the authors that biodegradable packaging materials are most suitable for single-use disposable applications where the post-consumer waste can be locally composted.

Itaconic acid – a versatile building block for renewable polyesters with enhanced functionality

The increased implementation of renewable resources in the chemical industry is mainly driven by environmental reasons. However, as a rather underestimated side-effect of this development, new

Biodegradation of Agricultural Plastic Films: A Critical Review

The growing use of plastics in agriculture has enabled farmers to increase their crop production. One major drawback of most polymers used in agriculture is the problem with their disposal, following

An overview of polylactides as packaging materials.

The aim of this paper is to review the production techniques for PLAs, summarize the main properties of PLA and to delineate the main advantages and disadvantages of PLA as a polymeric packaging material.

Biobased Polyamides: Recent Advances in Basic and Applied Research.

This article aims at collating the recent developments in the field of biopolyamides and elucidating their properties and potential for different applications.