In the past several years, the food industry has been moving towards more sustainable packaging. Two of which we will focus on in this article are bio-based materials and antimicrobial packaging. We’ll get an overview of each one and what makes them popular candidates for food packaging. After this we will review a joint project in which a team at UW Stout was looking to develop new packaging material that would meet the new demands of the food industry for food packaging. We’ll discover what they found and why permeation testing of their barriers was such an important piece to their success.
1. Bio-based Packaging