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The unprecedented accumulation of plastic waste forms a serious threat to the biosphere, and current recycling efforts are not living up to their promise. Replacements for synthetic plastics are therefore critically needed, which has led to a rapid growth in research surrounding the development of sustainable materials, such as bioproducts. Still, commercialization has been limited, as knowledge gaps separating publicly funded research from industrial implementation need to be overcome. The food-packaging sector is currently undergoing drastic transformations in phasing out plastics and can therefore provide a blueprint for catalysing the adoption of bioproducts that could be applicable to other sectors.
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This work received funding from the European Research Council under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme (grant agreement no. 788489, ‘BioElCell’). J.J.R. is the recipient of an Australian Research Council Future Fellowship (project no. FT210100669) funded by the Australian government and JSPS Fellowship P20373 from the Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science. B.L.T. is the recipient of the Khalifa University of Science and Technology (KUST) Faculty Startup Project (Project: FSU-2022-021).
These authors contributed equally: Blaise L. Tardy, Joseph J. Richardson, Luiz G. Greca.
Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems, School of Chemical Engineering, Aalto University, Aalto, Finland
Blaise L. Tardy, Luiz G. Greca & Orlando J. Rojas
Department of Chemical Engineering, Khalifa University, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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School of Engineering, RMIT University, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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Bioproducts Institute, Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, Department of Chemistry, and Department of Wood Science, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
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