Bio Plastics from Biomass

Alcides L. Leao, Ivana Cesarino, Milena C. de Souza, Ivan Moroz, Mohammad Jawaid

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Plastics represent a huge issue nowadays in terms of pollution and/or contamination in water bodies, soils, and air. Bioplastics were developed aiming to mitigate and/or solve the problem of inadequate disposal or low value for recycling of plastic wastes and rejects generated in packaging, agriculture, livestock, forestry, agro-industrial, and routine activities. The environmental impact of improperly disposed plastics and their consequences on the human, animal, and environmental food chain are clear, and actions toward the use of more environmentally friendly materials are a must. The presence of microplastics in the ocean and, more recently, in the food chain is a result of inadequate plastic use or disposal. The bioplastics, derived from biobased polymers, may provide a solution. Nevertheless, it is important to consider the whole cycle of bioplastics, their properties, and how they compare to their chemical synthetic counterparts available nowadays.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPlant Biomass Derived Materials
Subtitle of host publicationSources, Extractions, and Applications
Number of pages19
ISBN (Electronic)9783527839032
ISBN (Print)9783527350766
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2024
Externally publishedYes


  • agri wastes
  • bioplastics
  • biopolymers
  • circular economy
  • residues

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Biochemistry,Genetics and Molecular Biology
  • General Chemistry
  • General Chemical Engineering


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