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

Publication: Research - peer-reviewJournal article – Annual report year: 2012


  • Author: Johansson, Caisa

    Karlstad University, Sweden

  • Author: Bras, Julien

    Grenoble-INP Pagora, France

  • Author: Mondragon, Inaki

    University of the Basque Country, Spain

  • Author: Nechita, Petronela

    Pulp and Paper Research and Development Institute, Romania

  • Author: Plackett, David

    The Danish Polymer Centre, Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering, Technical University of Denmark

  • Author: Simon, Peter

    Slovak University of Technology, Slovakia

  • Author: Svetec, Diana Gregor

    University of Ljubljana, Slovenia

  • Author: Virtanen, Sanna

    VTT - Technical Research Centre of Finland, Finland

  • Author: Baschetti, Marco Giacinti

    Universita degli Studi di Bologna, Italy

  • Author: Breen, Chris

    Sheffield Hallam University, United Kingdom

  • Author: Clegg, Francis

    Sheffield Hallam University, United Kingdom

  • Author: Aucejo, Susana

    Packaging, Transport and Logistics Research Institute, Spain

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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
Issue number2
Pages (from-to)2506-2552
StatePublished - 2012


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