IIT Roorkee creates paper packaging from pine needle waste
In an innovative move towards sustainability, IIT Roorkee researchers have developed ethylene scavenging functional paper from pine needle waste, further creating possibilities for sustainable packaging materials in the future. As consumers become more aware, use of single-use plastic is avoided.
This research will enable the efficient valorisation of pine needles into novel functional paper and contribute towards sustainable development goals (SDGs).
In addition, due to their high cellulosic content, pine needles are perfect for transformation into a sustainable packaging material, which is what the researchers from IIT Roorkee did. This innovative paper-based product has the potential to ethylene gas due to the porous structure and active compound incorporated in the paper. After harvesting, ethylene gas is generated by fresh produce itself, and ethylene is responsible for the speedy ripening of fruits and vegetables.