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Current Strategies for the Production of Sustainable Biopolymer Composites

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Rapid global population growth has led to an exponential increase in the use of disposable materials with a short life span that accumulate in landfills. The use of non-biodegradable materials causes severe damage to the environment worldwide. Polymers derived from agricultural residues, wood, or other fiber crops are fully biodegradable, creating the potential to be part of a sustainable circular economy. Ideally, natural fibers, such as the extremely strong fibers from hemp, can be combined with matrix materials such as the core or hurd from hemp or kenaf to produce a completely renewable biomaterial. However, these materials cannot always meet all of the performance attributes required, necessitating the creation of blends of petroleum-based and renewable material-based composites. This article reviews composites made from natural and biodegradable polymers, as well as the challenges encountered in their production and use.

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hal-03530215 , version 1 (17-01-2022)

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Ehsan Bari, Asghar Sistani, Jeffrey Morrell, Antonio Pizzi, Mohammad Reza Akbari, et al.. Current Strategies for the Production of Sustainable Biopolymer Composites. Polymers, 2021, 13 (17), pp.2878. ⟨10.3390/polym13172878⟩. ⟨hal-03530215⟩
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