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Smart packaging: current and future developments
Smart food packaging further develops the functions of traditional packaging introducing the ability to continuously monitor the quality of food throughout the whole chain to assess and reduce the onset of food-borne diseases and waste food. To this end, several detection systems have been implemented based on different food quality indicators, but commercial applications remain a challenge.
Antioxidant and antimicrobial nanocomposite packaging films based on biopolymer of ZnO / CuO particles deriving from the extract of nettle leaves
Green synthesized metal oxide (NP) nanoparticles have prominent applications in antimicrobial packaging systems. Focus of the article is the manufacture of nanocomposite films based on chitosan containing extract of leaves of Urtica dioica – copper oxide (CuO) and oxide of zinc (ZnO) NPs for extending the shelf life of packaged guava fruits.
Comparative effects on neurodevelopment of bisphenol A and bisphenol F
Bisphenol A (BPA) is considered to be one of the most widely synthesized chemicals and it is used for industrial and consumer products. Previous investigations have determined that the exposure BPA has been linked to developmental, reproductive, cardiovascular, immune and metabolic effects. Several jurisdictions have imposed restrictions and / or banned the use of BPA in the material packaging and other consumer goods. Hence, manufacturers have replaced BPA with his own analogues that have a similar chemical structure. Some of these analogues have shown effects bpa-like endocrines, while others have not been evaluated. In this survey, we have compared the neurodevelopmental effects of BPA and its major replacement bisphenol F (BPF) on rat foetal neural stem cells (RNSC).
The Challenges of Green Marketing Communication for Sceptical Consumers!
Effectively communicating the properties of environmental products to consumers can be difficult. This particularly concerns highly environmentally conscious (HEC) consumers, but sceptical, since this target group must balance the need for reliable product knowledge with a high sensitivity to non-verbal signals often ambiguous about the environmental compatibility of a product (for example, environmental images).
Active Edible Packaging
The development of active edible packaging is growing. Research studies are capitalizing on the efforts of using natural polymers which, being biodegradable, do not generate residues and have a low environmental impact.
Influence of two innovative packaging materials on quality parameters and on the aromatic fingerprint of extra virgin olive oils
The performance of two innovative packaging materials have been studied on two extra virgin olive oils of Sardinian olive (Nera di Gonnos and Bosana). In particular, a transparent plastic film loaded with a UV blocker (packaging B) and a metallized material (packaging C) were compared each other and to brown-amber glass (packaging A).
Thermomechanical multifunctionality in boron nitride nanotube composites (BNNT) and 3D printed polystyrene
In this work, polystyrene (PS) and boron nitride (BNNT) nanotube composites were manufactured, prepared and characterized using direct mixing and modified sonication processes. The polymer composites were extruded into filaments (10% wt. BNNT) for 3D printing, using the fused deposition modelling (FDM) technique to fabricate mechanical parts and thermal applications.