EOHSI member Philip Demokritou, as part of a team of scientists from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, recently invented biodegradable food packaging made from corn protein and other naturally derived biopolymers. This move is intended to cut down the amount of plastic packaging existing in the current food industry. This plant-based waterproof packaging is made from a corn protein called ‘Zein’, designed to release “necessary amounts of antimicrobial compounds” in response to the presence of additional humidity or bacteria which will allow a more effective endurance to several types of exposure environments, including temperature and pressure, and last for several months. The research is also published in the peer-reviewed academic journal ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces.
(Source: Bio Market Insights – January 10, 2022)
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