Package Sustainability Now an Expectation

Smithers Pira’s report, “Ten-year Forecast of Disruptive Technologies in Sustainable Packaging to 2026,” says, “Sustainability will become an increasingly important factor for decision makers at all stages of packaging value chains. Sustainability is now a fast-growing and vitally important area of concern for packaging and addresses economic, environmental and social objectives.”

“The trend toward sustainability is an important influence on the packaging industry. Consumers, manufacturers and retailers are all demanding more sustainable systems, which are formalized in corporate social responsibility goals and publicized in product marketing,” says Dr Terence A. Cooper, author of the report.

“Consequently, sustainability is no longer just nice to have, but is now seen as a necessity for attracting consumers and protecting market share – i.e. it is now an expectation, not a differentiator.”

Smithers Pira’s report makes the following points:

• Mechanical recycling and sustainability are not synonymous and many different factors contribute to the carbon footprints of different packaging types and materials.

• The most important rigid packaging plastic is PET, followed by polyethylene (PE); PET and PE combined account for about 65% of plastics used for rigid packaging. Polypropylene is next. In contrast, the most important plastic material used for flexible packaging is PE, followed by PP and PET.

• There is presently no package that is completely sustainable and the various packaging materials (including plastics, paper, paperboard, metals and glass) all have advantages and shortcomings depending upon the product application.

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Plastic Packaging Better for Environment than Alternatives Made with Other Materials

A recent life cycle assessment analyzed the energy and climate benefits of alternative plastic materials in contrast to plastic material. The categories included caps and closures, beverage containers, other rigid containers carrier bags, stretch/shrink wrap, and other flexible packaging materials. Carol Hochu, President and CEO of the Canadian Plastic Industry Association noted, “Plastic packaging enables the safe and efficient delivery of various products which form part of our daily lives, everything from food to essential health and safety aids. However, many are unaware that plastics carry out these functions while at the same time conserving energy and lowering greenhouse gas emissions.”


In Canada, the LCA found that replacing all plastic packaging the non-plastic packaging would:


  1. Require nearly 4.4 times as much packaging material by weight. Increasing by nearly 5.5 million tons.
  2. This would also increase energy use by 2.0 times. This was calculated as being equivalent to the amount of oil transported by 18 supertankers
  3. This would result in 2.3 times more global warming potential. This was equated to adding 3.3 million more cars to the road.


Engineering in plastic packaging enables innovation and performance – the ability to extend the shelf life of foods and medicines. Plastic packaging viewed from the entire life cycle have more benefits than the snapshot that has been taken in years.


The afterlife of plastic is further contributing to sustainability in many ways. The ability to recycle, reuse and repurpose for energy value and converted to liquid oil, electricity and into other fuels.


There have been great strides made in the reusability and repurposing of plastic containers. These valuable resources are used to make fleece jackets, new plastic bottles, pipes, pallets, creates and buckets, decking and other lawn and garden products. The majority of product stemming from recycled plastic bottles, non-bottle rigid plastics such as deli and dairy containers, bakery, vegetable, fruit containers, and plastic film, bags and outer wrap.


Plastic enhances our lifestyles, our economy, and the environment.


Source: Canadian Plastics Industry Association

Cosmetic Packaging market worth $37.25 Billion by 2022

The global cosmetic packaging market is expected to reach $37.25 billion USD by 2022, according to Grand View Research. Driving increase in cosmetic and beauty products is the advancement in packaging technologies. This will be a key driver over the next several years. The light weight property, as well as the durability of flexible packaging in countries like China, Brazil and India is also expected to propel industry growth over the forecasted period. Also expected to see significant gains in the cosmetic industry is rigid packaging. Rigid plastic accounts for 35% of the global revenue as they are non-corrosive, light, and cheap. There is an increase demand for rigid plastics in hair care and skin care applications due in part to its superior properties of high impact strength, high stiffness, and high barrier properties.


Further findings from the report indicate a boom in fragrances, this growth is expected at CAGR of 6.3% from 2015 to 2022. There is a large demand from perfumes, deodorant, soaps, body washes and moisturizers for flexible and rigid packaging. In addition to the demand for cosmetic packaging for fragrances, there is a demand from cosmetic manufacturers like Unilever, Johnson & Johnson and Procter & Gamble in the United States for bio-base plastics and paper packaging as a departure from glass and can packaging. Also expected to see a significant rise are pouches. The ease of use and superior properties, including chemical resistance and high barrier ability, is a huge benefit for cosmetic packaging. This particular segment is anticipated to generate revenues exceeding $1.6 billion by 2022. Lastly, the cosmetic packaging market is fragmented in nature with key players like Amco, Mondi PLC, Bemis, Donoco and Ardagh Group making up 30% of the global share in 2014. With the introduction of bio-base packaging for cosmetics, we will see an outgrowth in the industry. The reduction of weight by replacing glass bottles will reduce energy required to produce and transport them will encourage growth.




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Source: Econo Times