Plastic is the sustainable packaging choice according to new study

According to a new study titled Impact of Plastics Packaging on Life Cycle Energy Consumption and Greenhouse Gas Emissions in the United States and Canada by Franklin Associates for the American Chemistry Council and the Canadian Plastics Industry Association, six major categories of plastic packaging significantly reduce energy use and greenhouse gas emissions compared to packaging made with alternative materials. Using 2010 as a baseline year, the data shows replacing plastic packaging with alternative materials would result in 4.5 times more packaging weight, an 80% increase in energy use and 130% more global warming potential.

The study examines the six major packaging resins (low density polyethylene, high density PE, polypropylene, PVC, polystyrene, expanded PS, PET) against paper, glass, steel, aluminum, textiles, rubber and cork. The study considers the implications of the materials used in caps and closures, beverage containers, other rigid containers, shopping bags, shrink wrap, and other flexible packaging in a detailed life cycle assessment.

“The benefits hold up across a range of different kinds of applications and materials,” said Keith Christman, managing director of plastics markets for ACC. “Because plastics use so much less material in the first place it results in dramatic greenhouse gas reduction, and that’s just the start. It really adds up across the different types of packaging, to the equivalent of taking more than15 million cars off the road.”

Source: Plastics News

Flexible packaging to be worth $25 billion in North America

In the next five years flexible packaging will grow into a $25 billion business in North America.

In 2013 the market totaled $20.7 billion. 88 percent of those sales were from the United States, 7 percent were from Canada and 5 percent were from Mexico, according to a report by PCI Films Consulting Ltd.

North America represents about 30 percent of the global consumption of flexible packaging.

Annual growth is expected to grow at a rate of 4 percent during the next five years in North America.

“While the economic slowdown adversely impacted the flexible packaging industry’s profitability, volume growth has continued to be sustained by servicing primarily defensive markets such as food, pharmaceuticals and pet food,” PCI consultant Paul Gaster said in a statement.

Source: Plastics News

Consumer Trends Shaking up the Packaging Industry

Here are the current consumer packaging trends you need to know about to maximize the potential of your product’s packaging.


Consumers are busy and are looking for packaging that is easy to use and take on the go. Smaller, lighter weight and easily disposed packaging make consumption on the go easier.


Consumers today are more aware of global environmental issues and are changing their purchasing habits to be eco-friendlier. An example of this would be consumers seeking out packaging with semiotic signs to support green manufacturers.

Cost-effective shopping

There is a rising trend in consumers making purchases when they are running out of a product, rather than buying product in bulk, which had been the norm. Packaging that is smaller and easier to carry is ideal for these shoppers.

Healthy & Wellness

The health and wellness market is thriving. Consumers expect the packaging to clearly list the health credentials of the product, so consumers can quickly make an informed decision. Packaging should focus on unique benefits, such as natural ingredients. Innovative methods of displaying and preserving fresh food will be key for short term and long term success.

Authenticity and Trust

As a consequence of the numerous global food scandals, such as the discovery of horsemeat in beef burgers in Europe, pink slime in the U.S. and tainted milk in China, consumers are demanding transparency from food manufacturers. Product origins need to be traceable back to the supplier.

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