Processed mangos can now be shipped inside a package made of coconut fiber, as Brazilian researchers developed a biodegradable packaging for mango exportis. The package is made of coconut fiber and was specifically designed to ship the processed fruit.
The packaging was developed as part of the Gesfrut project, by Bruna Machado from Bahia’s National Service of Industrial Training (SENAI) in partnership with the Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation (Embrapa) at the Cassava & Tropical Fruits unit.
The coconut fibers that make up the packaging are part of the residue from processing the fruit, and the polymer blend used biodegrades in the environment in six months after disposal. The idea is making the packaging more sustainable and improve profitability in sales as the processed fruit has a higher added value compared to the whole fruit.
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