2. EDIBLE PACKAGING- AN ALTERNATIVE TO PLASTIC PACKAGING OF MUSCLE FOOD by SARITA KUMARI1 AND ANURAG2
Packaging defined as a socio-scientific discipline which operates in society to ensure delivery of goods to the ultimate consumer of those goods in the best condition intended for their use (Lockhart, 1997). Approximately 30% of the plastics is used for packaging applications in worldwide and this utilization is still expanding at a high rate of 12% per annum (Sabir, 2004). Mulder, 1998 reported European countries usage averages100 kg of plastic per person each year. Plastic is a non-biodegradable organic and inorganic compounds generally derivative of petrochemicals like olefins, and absence of degradation of plastic, their accumulation posing an ever-increasing ecological threat to flora and fauna (Bhardwaj et al, 2012).