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Scientists Hope New Technology Will Replace Non-Recyclable Food Packaging

March 10, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
To replace non-recyclable plastic food packaging, researchers in Lithuania are developing cellulose-based packaging that would be biodegradable – turning into fertilizer within two years – anti-oxidative (keeping foods fresher longer), and antimicrobial to help reduce foodborne illnesses. To achieve these goals, they are testing active components of clove ethereal oil – a combustible liquid that is soluble in ether – that enriches packaging with anti-oxidizing qualities, keeping food fresh. They added ionic silver particles to the packaging, making it antimicrobial, more elastic and stronger. The researchers hope to commercialize their technology “in the near future.” [ Image credit: © Kaunas University of Technology ]
"Biodegradable Packages Will Keep Your Food Fresh", News release, Kaunas University of Technology, March 10, 2017, © Kaunas University of Technology (Lithuania)
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