Petroleum-Based Packaging Is History; Cellulose-Derived Packaging Rules

June 2014
Thomson Reuters Predicts What the World Will Be Like in 2025
Petroleum-Based Packaging Is History; Cellulose-Derived Packaging Rules

Bio-nanocomposites based on nanocellulose make 100% fully biodegradeable packaging pervasive. Petroleum-based packaging products will be no more.

For a look forward, Thomson Reuters analysts studied the Web of Science and Derwent World Patents Index to identify rapid progress and emergent trends in scientific research and technological innovation, gauging the advances most likely to affect health and the quality of life in the next decade. Download the full report or see the 10 predictions.

An environment currently littered with petroleum-based packaging materials will benefit from a biodegradable approach.

Research is emerging today focused on the use of bio-nanocomposites and nanocellulose for packaging. In 2025, these materials will be staples of choice in the packaging industry.

Nanocellulose is material comprising nano-sized cellulose fibrils with a high length/width ratio. In layman’s terms, it is pseudo-plastic. Bio-nanocomposites are derived from bio matter, whether biomass or some other plant matter. Advancements in the use of these elements will, in 2025, provide packaging materials that are fully biodegradeable.

Toxic plastic-petroleum packaging that litters cities, fields, beaches and oceans, and which isn’t biodegradable, will be nearing extinction in another decade. Thanks to advancements in the technology related to and use of these bio-nano materials, petroleum-based packaging products will be history.

Whether for food, medicine, electronics, textiles or consumer products, all packaging will be made from cellulose-derived products.

Additionally, the new cellulosic packaging will play a part in pharmaceutical packaging that is ingested, such as in controlled–release medicines.

Emerging research front: "Integrated conversion of hemicellulose and cellulose from lignocellulosic biomass" Scientific research points to the growing importance of biocomposite cellulose-alginate films for packaging (May 2014)

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