Physicochemical and mechanical properties of experimental coextruded food-packaging films containing a buried layer of recycled low-density polyethylene

 
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Physicochemical and mechanical properties of experimental coextruded food-packaging films containing a buried layer of recycled low-density polyethylene (EN)

Badeka, A. (EN)

Πανεπιστήμιο Ιωαννίνων. Σχολή Θετικών Επιστημών. Τμήμα Χημείας (EL)
Badeka, A. (EN)

Migrational, permeation, and tensile properties of experimental five- and eight-layer coextruded and laminated films containing a middle buried layer of recycled low-density polyethylene (LDPE) comprising 40-50% bw of the multilayer structure were determined. Respective films containing 100% virgin LDPE as the buried layer were taken as controls. Results showed that the percentage of recycled LDPE in the multilayer structure did not affect overall migration values to distilled water, 3% acetic acid, and iso-octane. In all cases, overall migration values were lower than the upper acceptable limit (10 mg/dm(2)) set by the European Union. Transmission rate values to O-2, CO2, and water vapor were also not affected by the percentage of recycled LDPE in the multilayer structure. On the basis of O-2 transmission rates, low-barrier, barrier, and high-barrier multilayer structures were produced. Likewise, tensile properties (tensile strength, percent elongation at break, and Young's modulus) were not affected by the percentage of recycled material in the multilayer structure. Finally, all experimental films produced no adverse effects in taste or odor of the food-contacting phase tested. The above findings are discussed in relation to the high quality of the primary LDPE scrap used throughout this work in combination with the functional barrier hypothesis. On the basis of the present results it is proposed that primary LDPE scrap may be used as a middle layer comprising 40-50% bw of multilayer food-packaging films without any compromise in migrational, barrier, mechanical, and organoleptic properties. (EN)

multilayer films (EN)

Πανεπιστήμιο Ιωαννίνων (EL)
University of Ioannina (EN)

J Agric Food Chem (EN)

Αγγλική γλώσσα

2003

<Go to ISI>://000182037000051

American Chemical Society (EN)



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