5 sustainable packaging trends to watch in 2017

    Companies have shifted their attention to packaging and are realizing the importance of sustainable packaging.

    A lot of waste comes from disposing packaging, most of the waste ends up in landfills. Because of this, sustainable packaging has gained popularity. Companies are looking into ways to incorporate sustainable materials and practices in their packaging to create less of an impact on the planet.

    Here are some of the sustainable packaging trends to look for in 2017

    1. Labeling will get clearer - Make it clear on the product packaging how to dispose of the packaging and clarify if there are sustainability claims. Clear labeling will also help your customers to be better informed. Being honest with customers will go a long way.
    2. Lightweight packaging will be embraced- Lightweight packaging has numerous benefits. Less material is needed to produce packages, manufacturing costs are lower, the environmental impact from transport is minimized and less waste is sent to landfills. The only negative is that when the recovery rates increase, it will remove the value from the recycling stream and undermine the economic incentive to recycle.
    3. Increased use of recyclable materials - The easiest way to ensure packaging has the least amount of impact is by using recyclable materials to manufacture the packaging.
    4. Edible packaging - Edible packaging eliminates packaging waste altogether; you would eat the packaging the product came in. Some of the challenges include: logistical problems like the risk of the packaging material being broken or consumer's impressions that the packaging is unhygienic.
    5. Packages will slim down - The extra space within the package is creating additional material that needs to be disposed of. The goal is minimal packaging.


    Full article: http://www.beveragedaily.com/Processing-Packaging/5-sustainable-packaging-trends-to-watch-in-2017

    Source: Beverage Daily

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