Annotation Food packaging performs an essential function, but packaging materials can have a negative impact on the environment. This collection reviews bio-based, biodegradable and recycled materials and their current and potential applications for food protection and preservation. The first part of the book focuses on environmentally-compatible food packaging materials. Part 2 discusses drivers for using alternative packaging materials, such as legislation and consumer preference, environmental assessment of food packaging and food packaging eco-design. Chapters on the applications of environmentally-compatible materials for particular functions, such as active packaging, and in particular product sectors then follow.