A Brief Overview on Current and Potential Applications of Thermoplastic Starch
Mehar Fatima and Roohi*
Protein Research Laboratory, Department of Bioengineering, Integral University, Lucknow, U.P., India
*Corresponding Author: Roohi, Protein Research Laboratory, Department of Bioengineering, Integral University, Lucknow, U.P., India.
August 12, 2021; Published: November 15, 2021
The production of plastics was a great idea until it started polluting our environment. To move towards a sustainable environment and prevent the disposal of plastic waste in the environment, the bioplastics have gained a lot of interest due to their high biodegradable ability. Bio-based polymers can be obtained from biomass. i.e., polysaccharides (starch and cellulose) and proteins (casein and gluten), or via renewable bio-based monomers (poly-lactic acid) or microorganisms, and they play a very significant role in protecting the environment because of the kind of properties they bring in the bio-plastics. This paper focuses on a starch-based bioplastics known as thermoplastic starch, their properties and their applications, in a large niche of market, as the best replacement to traditional plastics. It also draws light on the future prospects of TPS that can be accessed by modifying their properties and cost issues.
Keywords: Bioplastic; Biodegradable; Thermoplastic Starch; Starch-based
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