Plastics from renewable sources as green and sustainable alternatives


This appraisal provides an up-to-date overview of the existent renewable, biomass-derived, and more sustainable alternatives to conventional oil-based plastics, namely, high-market share polyolefins, polyesters, or polyamides. Special focus on polymers derived from ubiquitous carbohydrates and vegetable oils is provided. The end-of-life solutions are highlighted.



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Chemistry; Science & Technology - Other Topics


Sousa, AF; Silvestre, AJD

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This publication is based on work from the COST Action FUR4Sustain-European network of FURan-based chemicals and materials for a sustainable devel-opment, CA18220, supported by COST (European Cooperation in Science and Technology) . This work was also supported within the scope of the project CICECO-Aveiro Institute of Materials, UIDB/50011/2020 & UIDP/50011/2020, financed by national funds through the FCTe FundacAo para a Ciencia e a Tecnologia/MEC and when appropriate co-financed by FEDER under the PT2020 Partnership Agreement. This research is also sponsored by national funds through FCT, under the project UIDB/00285/2020. FCT is also acknowledged for the research contract under Scientific Employment Stimulus to AFS (CEECIND/02322/2020) .

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