Europe to lead green packaging market; bioplastics to flourish

Per Allied Market Research, the recycle content packaging segment is expected to grow with a CAGR of 4.92 percent to reach $207,543 million globally by 2022.

Bioplastic is a new ecological alternative to oil-based polymers with promising growth in pharmaceutical sectors. Bioplastics have flourished in healthcare and pharmaceutical markets and are accepted as an alternative for polymer oil-based products. Reverse logistics and an increase in the number of legislations for ecological packaging techniques have facilitated the recycle of municipal wastes.

The European region is expected to continue to lead the green packaging market, followed by North America. The German green packaging market is estimated at a CAGR of 5.10 percent, while the Middle East region is estimated to grow at a CAGR of 3.15 percent. The North American and Asia-Pacific regions jointly accounted for more than half of the total 2015 share.

Rise in hygiene and health concerns among consumers boosts the demand for green packaging with applications in sustainable packaging.


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4 key questions about 2 sustainable packaging paths

Using recyclable materials had taken a back seat to bio based polymers technologies, however recently recycling is on the forefront of the packaging world. At the Sustainability in Packaging event in 2014, the debate centered on two different philosophies: resources that are resource-intensive but have the ability to sustain in the long-term or practices that have a lower environmental footprint today, but not in the long term. Some highlights from the debate were whether companies should move to a lighter weight design to contribute to their sustainability efforts. Flexible packaging has a significant reduction in material used; energy consumed, and resources used in transportation. On the other side of the debate, renewable packaging. Whether the product has a second life in some other form.

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Source: Packaging Digest

Simplifying the Confusion in Recycling

As consumers today, recycling seems to be on the forefront of what we purchase but the act of recycling can often be frustrating and a struggle. It can be a challenge to understand what can be thrown in what bin, little numbers in a hard to find triangles add to the problem. To help break down these barriers, Recycle Across America has distributed standardized recycling bin labels. These labels will clearly point to what bin what product is to go. TerraCycle has partnered with RAA for their RECYCLE RIGHT! campaign. The website has video clips, standardized labels and tips for home recycling. This is the first step to making recycling more accessible.

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Source: Packaging Digest

The How2Recycle Label: Coming to a package near you

With the help of the Sustainable Packaging Coalition, GreenBlue has finally created a recycling label that the average consumer will be able to understand. The How2Recycle Label is a straightforward approach to responsible recycling and one that is poised to become a fixture in the plastics packaging world. The program employed a soft launch with brands such as Seventh Generation and Target but also decided to conduct a webinar in order to familiarize consumers with basic features and the program’s importance.

Anne Bedarf, senior manager at GreenBlue, explained that the labels are based on the On-Pack Recycling system, the same program used in the United Kingdom. Companies have the ability to customize each component of their packages using the four available options: Widely Recycled, Limited Recycling/Check Locally, Not Yet Recycled or Store Drop-off. Bedarf added that the How2Recycle Label program does not aim to replace the existing RIC (Resin Identification Code) system but rather, be compatible with it.

GreenBlue has estimated that the How2Recycle Label has been used on more than 100 million packages and is expected to take on several new clients within the near future.

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Source: Plastics Today

Packaging helps out recycling industry

Recycling is a growing industry that is largely supported by the packaging industry. In the era of sustainability, the packaging community recognizes that businesses will only flourish if both the packaging industry and recycling industry thrive. For the recycling industry to prosper supply and/or demand needs to increase and the packaging industry has the ability to influence both supply and demand.

The recycling industry encounters massive expense from their sorting and filtering operations. If the packaging industry can produce packaging that is easily sorted and free of contamination, then the recycler’s job is easier and their cost is lowered. Supply will also increase if consumers recycle more used packaging that is contaminate free.

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Canadian retailers address PET thermoform recycling

In a demand by grocery members of the Retail Council of Canada (RCC) in conjunction with the Association of Postconsumer Recyclers and the National Association for PET Container Resources to increase the availability of recycled packaging in their stores, a new protocol has been introduced to determine the environmental impact of labels and adhesives on PET thermoform packaging recycling capabilities.

The dilemma at hand is the glue used to attach labels to the container is often to strong and thus prevent the label from being removed and recycled properly. The protocol being developed will help identify and adhesive that both satisfies the need for the label adhere to the packaging and the need for proper removal and recycling. Also taking part in crafting new guidelines for adhesive labeling is The Adhesive and Sealant Council (ASC).

According to Allen Langdon, vice president of sustainability for RCC, “This protocol will play a pivotal role in allowing PET thermoformed packaging to be recycled in the most efficient way possible.”

One of the fastest growing types of packaging in the market is PET thermoformed packaging, according to RCC; its use is extensive by grocers ranging from the in-house packaging of food products such as produce, nuts, dried fruit, and baked goods. With support from Waste Diversion Ontario, Stewardship Ontario, and the Canadian Plastics Industry Association, RCC grocery members have been working with NAPCOR and APR to remove the obstacles preventing the recycling of PET thermoformed packaging.

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Source: Packaging World