The industrial processing of avocados annually generates more than 1.2 million tons of avocado peels (APs) and avocado seeds (ASs) that have great potential in the production of active bioplastics, although they have never been considered for this aim until now. Separately, the APs and ASs, as well as a combination of avocado peels and seeds (APSs), were evaluated here for the first time for the preparation of antioxidant films, with application in food packaging. Films were prepared by casting, after their processing by three different methods: (1) hydrolysis in acid media, (2) hydrolysis followed by plasticization, and (3) hydrolysis and plasticization followed by blending with pectin polymers in different proportions (25 and 50 wt %). The results indicate that the combination of hydrolysis, plasticization, and pectin blending is essential to obtain materials with competitive mechanical properties, optical clarity, excellent oxygen barrier properties, high antioxidant activity, biodegradability, and migration of components in TENAX suitable for food contact applications. In addition, the materials prepared with APSs are advantageous from the point of view of the industrial waste valorization, since the entire avocado wastes are used for the production of bioplastics, avoiding further separation processes for their valorization.

Merino, D., Bertolacci, L., Paul, U., Simonutti, R., Athanassiou, A. (2021). Avocado Peels and Seeds: Processing Strategies for the Development of Highly Antioxidant Bioplastic Films. ACS APPLIED MATERIALS & INTERFACES, 13(32), 38688-38699 [10.1021/acsami.1c09433].

Avocado Peels and Seeds: Processing Strategies for the Development of Highly Antioxidant Bioplastic Films

Simonutti R.;
2021

Abstract

The industrial processing of avocados annually generates more than 1.2 million tons of avocado peels (APs) and avocado seeds (ASs) that have great potential in the production of active bioplastics, although they have never been considered for this aim until now. Separately, the APs and ASs, as well as a combination of avocado peels and seeds (APSs), were evaluated here for the first time for the preparation of antioxidant films, with application in food packaging. Films were prepared by casting, after their processing by three different methods: (1) hydrolysis in acid media, (2) hydrolysis followed by plasticization, and (3) hydrolysis and plasticization followed by blending with pectin polymers in different proportions (25 and 50 wt %). The results indicate that the combination of hydrolysis, plasticization, and pectin blending is essential to obtain materials with competitive mechanical properties, optical clarity, excellent oxygen barrier properties, high antioxidant activity, biodegradability, and migration of components in TENAX suitable for food contact applications. In addition, the materials prepared with APSs are advantageous from the point of view of the industrial waste valorization, since the entire avocado wastes are used for the production of bioplastics, avoiding further separation processes for their valorization.
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Articolo in rivista - Articolo scientifico
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active food packaging; biodegradable; biomass hydrolysis; low methoxyl pectin; nonedible waste;
English
38688
38699
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Merino, D., Bertolacci, L., Paul, U., Simonutti, R., Athanassiou, A. (2021). Avocado Peels and Seeds: Processing Strategies for the Development of Highly Antioxidant Bioplastic Films. ACS APPLIED MATERIALS & INTERFACES, 13(32), 38688-38699 [10.1021/acsami.1c09433].
Merino, D; Bertolacci, L; Paul, U; Simonutti, R; Athanassiou, A
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