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“Over the last decades, the use of polymers as food packaging materials has increased considerably due to their advantages over other traditional materials such as glass or
tinplate. A selleck chemical great advantage of plastics is the large variety of materials and compositions available, so the most convenient packaging design can be adapted to the very specific needs of each product (López-Rubio et al., 2004). However, it is widely accepted that the use of long-lasting polymers for short-lived applications (packaging, catering, surgery, hygiene) is not entirely adequate (Avérous, 2004). A huge amount of garbage is generated daily, in which food packaging www.selleckchem.com/products/Avasimibe(CI-1011).html plays a considerable part. This waste is composed of many different types of material, some of which is not biodegradable and will remain without decomposing for hundreds, sometimes thousands of years. In this context, the development of biodegradable films (BF) for packaging materials that can be used as a substitute for petrochemical polymers is an interesting perspective, since it provides an alternative to non-degradable products, and increases income in the agricultural sector (Souza, Ditchfield, & Tadini,
2010). Starch has been considered as one of the most promising candidates for the future primarily because of an attractive combination of its large availability and relatively low price (Chivrac, Angellier-Coussy, Guillard, Pollet, & Avérous, 2010). Cassava starch has been extensively used to produce BF (Alves et al., 2007, Chen and Lai, 2008, Chillo et al., 2008, Famá et al., 2006, Famá et al., 2007, Flores et al., 2007, Henrique et al., 2008, Kechichian et al., 2010, Mali et al., 2006, Müller et al., 2008, Paes et al., 2008, Parra et al., 2004, Shimazu et al., 2007, Teixeira et al., 2007, The Tobramycin et al., 2009,
Veiga-Santos, Oliveira et al., 2005, Veiga-Santos, Suzuki et al., 2005 and Veiga-Santos et al., 2008) and the results indicated that these carbohydrates are promising materials in this regard (Müller et al., 2008). Films developed from starch are described as isotropic, odorless, tasteless, colorless, non-toxic and biologically degradable (Flores et al., 2007). Unfortunately, there are some strong limitations for developing starch based products, since they present poor tensile properties and high water vapor permeability when compared to conventional films derived from crude oil (Souza et al., 2010) on account of their hydrophilic nature and their sensitivity to moisture content, a factor that is difficult to control (Wilhelm, Sierakowski, Souza, & Wypych, 2003).