Researchers from Lithuania’s Kaunas University of Technology have developed a biodegradable, anti-microbial material for packaging food.
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With hundreds of kilograms of packaging waste thrown away annually by individuals, a biodegradable version could make an immediate impact on levels of pollution. Researchers from Lithuania’s Kaunas University of Technology’s Department of Polymer Chemistry and Technology have developed a biodegradable food packaging material that is also anti-microbial. The World Health Organisation says that hundreds of thousands of people die each year from food borne illnesses, so the new packaging could provide further health-related benefits, too.
The key ingredients in the new packaging are clove ethereal oil and ionic silver particles. The clove oil provides the packaging with additional anti-oxidation properties, which helps keep food fresher longer. The silver particles provide extensive anti-microbial properties, and the packaging degrades naturally in about two years. Researchers are already working on plans to make the material commercially available as soon as possible.
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