Research article


Sangeeta Mund1, Dr. Shilpi Shrivastava2*

Online First: April 25, 2023

Environmental, economic, and waste management concerns are growing as a result of the proliferation of plastics in the environment. As a potential solution to the problem of plastic pollution, glycerol plasticized starch-based bioplastics were investigated for their biodegradability. There are numerous uses of starch, a biopolymer derived from organic waste, due to its unique characteristics, such as its flexibility, degradable nature, and low cost. In the present work, starch was extracted from Solanum tuberosum (potato) peels, and starch-based bioplastics with different concentrations, i.e., 2.4 %, 24.3 %, 36.5 %, 48.6 %, and 97.2 % of glycerol plasticizer were prepared by following the casting method. Starch and bioplastics were analyzed using Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy, and their physicochemical properties were evaluated. The water absorption test revealed that the bioplastic with high glycerol concentration, i.e., 97.2%, had a more significant percentage of water absorption, i.e., 79 percentage, compared to 37 % for bioplastic with low, i.e., 2.4% glycerol concentration.


Potato peels; Bioplastic; FTIR; Plasticizer.