Responsible food packaging could connect consumers to the environment

Research reveals that 80% U.S. food shoppers agree that reducing food waste is as important as reducing packaging waste. According to Mintel’s 2016 US Food Packaging Report 52% of consumers indicate they would prefer to buy foods with minimal or even no packaging to reduce waste.

81% of consumers say they would choose resealable packaging over non-resealable packaging to extend the shelf life of food. 54% would pay more for packaging with added features, such as being resealable or portion controlled. 30% indicated they often reuse food packaging for other purposes. However, recycling of food packaging is far from a universal behavior, as only 42% consumers report recycling most of the food packaging they use.

A lack of clear communication on labels may be a contributor to the relatively low recycling rate, 25% of consumers said it’s not always clear which food packaging is recyclable. Only 13% of consumers make an effort to avoid foods in packaging that cannot be recycled.

“Our research shows that reducing food waste is top of mind for consumers,” says John Owen, senior food and drink analyst at Mintel. “This presents opportunities for food brands and retailers to address these concerns through innovative packaging and product messaging.”

However, in 2015, only 21% of food product launches in the U.S. included on package claims regarding environmentally friendly packaging.

“The prevention of food waste can be positioned not only as a good way for consumers to save money, but also as a way to work toward reversing the growing food waste trend through conscious consumption,” says Owen.

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Source: Packaging Digest

Food packagers prefer recyclable over compostable materials

The latest finding from Packaging Digest’s Sustainable Packaging Study is that recycling is preferred over compostable packaging. In the survey 57% of brand owners and packaging suppliers sited recyclability as the most important environmental claim. Recyclability has the advantage of already having a large infrastructure in place that can collect, sort and sell the recycled materials.

Commercial composting facilities, which are necessary to create composted materials that can be reused, are less available and often require a drive to offload the materials for composting. This additional use of gas negates some of the green benefits of composting. Since only 20% of the total respondents polled selected compostable as important to their environmental claims, compostable might not offer a good return on investment.

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Source: Plastics Today

The outlook for the green packaging market to 2020

Global Green Packaging Market 2016-2020, from Infiniti Research conducted a new study predicting the global green packaging market will experience growth at a CAGR of more than 7% during the forecasted period. With the consumer demand for eco-friendly and sustainable packaging material on the rise, vendors are focused on developing materials that have the traditional qualities but can also be recycled.

Europe leads the market with more than 31% in 2015; the rest of the world is well diversified as well. The leading countries in this region are Germany, United Kingdom and Italy.

According to the report, one of the major drivers of the market is the demand for bioplastics. Bioplastics are considered more sustainable than conventional plastic packaging products because they consume less energy and natural resources during the manufacturing process, generate lower CO2 emissions, and are lightweight by nature.

Click here to read the full article: http://www.packworld.com/sustainability/bioplastics/outlook-green-packaging-market-2020

Source: Packaging World

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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Source: Healthcare Packaging

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

5 exciting, emerging sustainable packaging materials to watch in 2016

Every year technology advancements in the packaging industry become more innovative, widespread and tangible. These advancements are key contributors in propelling new safety and sustainability opportunities. Manufacturers and technology providers are working together to provide the most sustainable packaging solutions for end users. Here are some of the latest packaging materials to keep an eye on.

 

  1. Sustainable Aqueous Barrier Coatings

New sustainable coatings improve fiber products by preventing moisture from penetrating them material and possibly contaminating food. New sustainable coatings also present alternatives to laminated structures that cannot be recycled.

 

  1. Molded Fiber Printing

New technology enables high-res four-color graphics to be applied directly to the molded fiber packaging.

 

  1. Light Weight Insulation

There is a new lightweight, durable insulation material for cold and hot applications called Chill Buddy. The packaging material is temperature controlled and offers a sustainable substitute to expanded polystyrene foam.

 

  1. Micro-Fibrillated Cellulose Specialty Fiber

Micro-Fibrillated Cellulose is a fiber derived from plant waste. It is used to strengthen and lighten fiber products sustainably; resulting in reduced material with maintained performance,  improved crack resistance and a stronger fiber that is lighter weight.

 

  1. Micro-Pattern Material Enhancement

This new technology improves the grip, comfort and handling of hot beverages, while slowing down the condensation process.

 

 

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http://www.packagingdigest.com/packaging-design/5-exciting-emerging-sustainable-packaging-materials-to-watch-in-2016-2016-02-24

 

Source: Packaging Digest

Packaging trends for 2016: Sustainability still rules

Sustainability is a trendy buzzword that has made its way from every day business verbiage to something which all companies, in any business, must focus on to survive in business today. Sustainability has evolved from LED light bulbs in the office and recycling bins under every desk to its incorporation company policy and values. The effects of a company on the environment are wide reaching; finding their way from the boardroom downwards and are strictly enforced in environmental policies. Balancing the demands of the consumer and the limited resources of the Earth is the key challenge companies are facing today. We live in a world of fast pace and convenience are both expected and the throw away nature of our products creates a problem, but a balance that must be struck and many companies are focusing their efforts on doing just that.

 

One of the biggest brands, Apple, is focusing on the sustainability of their product. They started with the weight of their package, between two iPhone generations they have decreased the weight of their carton by 34% less volume and the iPhone itself being 20% lighter than the first generation. Along with designing a lighter product and package, the company’s electricity is 93% sourced from renewable energy, with 23 countries boasting 100% renewable energy. Apple has also teamed up with WWF and The Conservation Fund to ensure sustainable forests in the United States are protected, and the forests in China that had previously been plundered are sustained and managed.

 

Despite these efforts, the United States is still behind when it comes to recycling. The US ranks far behind other developed countries with an average packaging recycling rate of about 51% (Natural Defense Council, 2015). However, many US companies are joining sustainable initiatives to ensure their product is a recyclable and/or sustainable product.

 

Source: Packaging News

Sustainable Packaging in the Cosmetic and Personal Care Industry

The cosmetic and personal care industry are embracing and contributing to the innovations that are coming from the sustainable packaging culture. The push for packaging that limits the environmental impact through the use of reuse/recycling/reduction of natural materials. Pangea Organics has been developing innovative packaging that combines creative designs, while minimizing their environmental footprint. The Pangea Organics origami fold box made from WindPower 80 has a goal of zero waste by utilizing Aaron Mickelson’s disappearing package. This package is made with PVOH plastic film that dissolves in water. This is just one of the intriguing packaging designs that highlights the boundless potential of sustainable packaging. The range of materials that can be used to create packaging appears endless. Leslie Sherr, co-author of Material ConnXion, discusses the amount of renewal resources that can be used to create packaging. Sherr highlights the potential for material created using mushrooms. Ecovative, a company that specializes in bioplastics using mycelium offers an alternative to synthetic polymers.

 

There is no shortage of sustainable packaging material; the place to be looking for innovative sustainable packaging is the Sustainable Packaging Coalition. Sherr explains they have an extensive list of members, some of the world’s leading consumer brands. The coalition also offers curriculum services that provide the fundamentals of a system drive approach to packaging and design innovation. The contemporary beauty packaging is setting the standard to sustainable packaging and making good use of renewable resource packaging.

 

To read the full interview, please visit:

http://www.cosmeticsdesign.com/Packaging-Design/Cosmetics-and-Personal-Care-Packaging-sustainable-materials

 

Source: Cosmeticsdesign.com

 

Flexible Packaging and Source Reduction

Is flexible packaging as sustainable as it claims to be? Yes flexible packaging is manufactured using less plastic than rigid packaging resulting in less plastic to transport and dispose of, but flexible packaging’s sustainability may not be as straightforward as perceived.

 

Flexible packaging advocates boast its sustainable advantages, which are mainly true, however if these claims are exaggerated they could result in serious backlash. Unfortunately the method for quantifying sustainability is subjective. Flexible packaging’s source reduction can be a competitive advantage. Although the more easily quantifiable benefits, such as storage and transport, might reside more with supply chains than with the consumer.

 

To win the consumer, companies should make true product sustainability claims. Companies should avoid overselling product sustainability claims and expect consumers to think of sustainability as a tie breaker when all other factors are equivalent.

 

Growth for flexible packaging could be attributed to the utilization of technologies to provide competitive advantages. Examples of this are innovations that allow for multilayer structures for better barrier protection, the ability to create an interlocking strip system to store product for long periods of time without exposure, and producing see-through packaging for product visibility.

 

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http://www.greenerpackage.com/source_reduction/flexible_packaging_and_source_reduction

 

Source: Greener Package

Why Sustainable Packaging is a must have for Restaurant Success

While the farm-to-table trend continues to grow, consumers are becoming more aware of what goes into the food they purchase and consume. This translates into more demand on restaurants to provide not only transparency in the nutrition label but also the sustainability of their packaging for food products. In a recent survey performed by Asia Pulp & Paper, American consumers want sustainable food packaging labeling to be clear and concise in reflecting the materials they use.

Previously, consumers may have viewed sustainable packaging labels as a nice bit of information. However, sustainability has shifted to a priority for Americans, restaurants, and the entire food industry. Meeting consumer demands is important for business and consumer loyalty. In another survey that focused more on consumer loyalty and likelihood to recommend a brand, 51% of Americans are more likely to recommend a brand if it includes environmental and sustainability related information. Based on consumer attitudes, paired with business, regulatory and environmental pressures have pressed world well-known brands to make the move to sustainable packaging.

Companies are making the transition to sustainable packaging options; recognizing that the need for transparency across global supply chains and operations and manufacturing processes. The industry predicts that many companies will make the transition for social responsibility and to ensure brand loyalty. Companies are now prioritizing the integration of environmental practices.

To read the entire article please visit: http://www.fastcasual.com/articles/why-sustainable-packaging-is-a-must-have-for-restaurant-success/

Source: FastCasual