Researchers at IIT Kharagpur have developed cellulose nano-crystals from cucumber peels, elevating the likelihood to create environment-friendly food packaging supplies in future.
While single-use plastic is being principally prevented by environmentally aware shoppers, however such kind of polymers nonetheless stay in circulation as food packaging objects.
The cellulose nano-material developed from uncooked cucumber waste by Professor Jayeeta Mitra and analysis scholar N Sai Prasanna at IIT Kharagpur has addressed this problem of discovering an environment-friendly substitute to food packaging supplies, an institute assertion stated on Tuesday.
“Cucumbers generate about 12 per cent residual wastes after processing both the peels or complete slices as waste. We have used the cellulose extract from this processed materials, Dr Mitra, an Assistant Professor of IIT Kharagpur on the Department of Agricultural and Food Engineering stated.
Speaking in regards to the findings, she defined “our study shows that cellulose nanocrystals derived from cucumber peels possess modifiable properties This resulted in better bio- degradability and bio-compatibility.” “These nanocellulose materials emerged as strong, renewable and economical material due to their unique properties,” she stated.
Mitra stated the rise in use of petroleum-based plastics in food packaging for years has turn out to be the supply of environmental air pollution.
The research additionally discovered that cucumber peels possessed better cellulose content material (18.22 per cent) than different peel wastes making it extra viable.
The researchers are optimistic about its scope in varied fields like paper making, coating components, bio- composites, optically clear movies.
“More research and product development focussed on various bio-polymers would help people become more aware about the sector and how it can provide alternative bio-friendly products at economic prices,” Mitra stated.