Mapping organic packaging research: Environmental concern and health safety


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The adoption of biopolymer packaging materials to replace petroleum-based plastic packaging has become a global trend, which could reduce environmental impact and potential health threats. Therefore, the paper analyzes trends in organic packaging research and the prospects of its application. This study employs bibliometric methods to select relevant studies using a preset search string. The dynamics of publications, the most influential authors and articles, as well as the most productive institutions and countries on the topic for 2017–2022 were determined. To collect the data, Elsevier’s database Scopus was selected. The analysis revealed five salient research themes through text mining analysis: packaging and public health; packaging and children’s health safety; eco-friendly packaging and consumer behavior; food packaging and labeling; and packaging with a focus on marketing and advertising.
864 terms from 40 articles were analyzed. As a result, most selected publications focused on the impact of packaging on the environment. In addition, some publications consider it from the perspective of consumer safety. Moreover, consumers unconsciously associate organic packaging with products’ safety and quality. However, the marketing and advertising of organic packaging are insufficient, as well as the application of organic packaging in children’s food products.

The study was conducted within the framework of the ERASMUS+ Jean Monnet Project “Production and dissemination of circular economy ideas in accordance with the EU Action Plan.” Furthermore, Kseniia Bliumska-Danko gratefully acknowledges financial support from the Government of France within the framework of the PAUSE program (National Program of Urgent Assistance and Reception of Scientists).

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    • Figure 1. Dynamics of publications for the period 2017–2022
    • Figure 2. Top 15 most productive authors for the period 2017–2022
    • Figure 3. Top 15 most productive universities
    • Figure 4. Top 15 most productive countries
    • Figure 5. Main research clusters of safe packaging research
    • Table 1. Top 10 most influential articles for the period 2017–2022
    • Table 2. Salient research themes
    • Conceptualization
      Kseniia Bliumska-Danko, Tetiana Shevchenko
    • Data curation
      Kseniia Bliumska-Danko
    • Investigation
      Kseniia Bliumska-Danko, Sandra Charreire-Petit, Dongxu Qu, Tetiana Shevchenko
    • Project administration
      Kseniia Bliumska-Danko
    • Supervision
      Kseniia Bliumska-Danko, Sandra Charreire-Petit
    • Visualization
      Kseniia Bliumska-Danko, Dongxu Qu, Tetiana Shevchenko
    • Writing – original draft
      Kseniia Bliumska-Danko, Sandra Charreire-Petit, Dongxu Qu
    • Writing – review & editing
      Kseniia Bliumska-Danko, Sandra Charreire-Petit, Dongxu Qu
    • Formal Analysis
      Sandra Charreire-Petit, Dongxu Qu, Tetiana Shevchenko
    • Methodology
      Sandra Charreire-Petit, Tetiana Shevchenko
    • Validation
      Dongxu Qu, Tetiana Shevchenko