What Are The Top 3 Sustainable Packaging Trends?

What Are The Top 3 Sustainable Packaging Trends?

By Manufacturing Technology Insights | Monday, July 06, 2020

In order to go green and to promote eco-friendly policy most of the manufactures are shifting towards sustainable packaging for the past several years.

FREMONT, CA: Packages come in different kinds, including compostable, biodegradable, natural, and cruelty-free designs. Nowadays, manufacturers are trying to depend more on eco-friendly and sustainable packaging, which sprout from the earth. Here are some methods provided to tackle potential shortcomings:

• Design for Recycling

Recycling is a significant development, and it is profitable too. If done properly, it can also throw a net positive effect on the environment and the economy. If a product is to be recycled, then the post-consumer packaging has to fulfill several requirements, including cleanliness, labeling, coloration, and separability. If the manufacturing sector tries to meet all these requirements, then they have to use more material and energy when they produce it.

Also, just because a product is designed for recycling does not automatically mean that it will be recycled. And even if it is recycled, the environmental footprint may not be improved. Most of the recycling technologies used need a lot of energy, and the quality of the recovered material is lower than virgin material. Designing an object for recycling is very urgent for the growth of business and economy.

• Design for Reuse

According to people’s mindsets, reuse is more difficult to imagine than recycling. It requires moving away from the way people presently handle packaging tearing open and throwing away or recycling. 

According to a recent screening study, the present version of a reusable PET bag has a much higher impact than its single-use alternative. So much so that the user would need to use the reusable bag more than 50 times to make it more sustainable. Therefore, manufacturers should make sure that reuse is realistic in the actual customer setting and that that behavior compensates for any added impact in the material design changes. Then they have to calculate the additional effect of transporting, washing, sanitizing, and refilling those reusable containers.

• Replace Plastics with Bio-plastics

Nowadays, the use of bio-plastics is increasing in the market. It is expected that in the coming years, it will replace fossil-fuel-based plastics. People tend to compare bio-plastics with compostable or biodegradable, but they are neither of those. Bio-plastics are also known as sustainable plastic packaging, but it may only escalate the plastic problem rather than reducing it.

Now the other question arises that how to get enough raw materials required replacing fossil-fuel packaging products with bio-plastics? It can be achieved by increasing the agricultural production of sugar cane or other feedstock.

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