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The Future of Plastic Packaging: Sustainability

Dec. 08, 2021

The Environment Ministry has issued draft rules requiring manufacturers of plastic packaging materials to collect all products by 2024 and ensure that a minimum percentage of them are recycled and used in subsequent supplies. It has also specified a system through which manufacturers and users of plastic packaging can collect and trade certificates - called Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) certificates.

Plastic packaging is divided into three categories: the first is "rigid" plastic; the second is "single- or multi-layer flexible plastic packaging, plastic sheets and sheets, plastic bags, totes (including those made of compostable plastic), plastic bags or pouches; and the third is called multi-layer plastic packaging, where at least one layer is plastic and at least one layer is a material other than plastic. Plastic producers would be obliged to declare to the government through a central website how much plastic they produce each year.

The government has called for a public-private partnership model to fund and operate materials recovery facilities (MRFs) to ensure compliance with regulations and improve resource efficiency. It recommends that urban local bodies in each state adopt the material recovery facility (MRF) model and implement it as a public-private partnership for the sustainable management of municipal plastic waste.

The Future of Plastic Packaging: Sustainability

Environmentally Friendly Packaging

A disposable culture will evolve into a consensus that product packaging will play a key role in reducing global food and product waste.

Innovations in shrink and flexible film packaging are working to extend food freshness, protect food ingredients and ensure safe delivery. Brands now need to take action and use packaging as a communication channel to guide consumers through the benefits it offers, from extending the shelf life of food to delivering efficient and safe base products to every region of the world.

Protecting the oceans

The plastic packaging floating in the world's oceans will be a catalyst for brands to reconsider product packaging in a context that consumers can understand and implement.

Consumers have elevated demands for different kinds of safe packaging, which in turn influences shopping decisions. Brands can only overcome the growing consumer barriers through diligent communication. Collecting plastic waste from the ocean for recycling into new packaging raises consumer awareness, but does not address the root of the problem. In order to keep plastic out of the ocean, a new effort in the circular economy is needed to ensure that greener packaging materials are put into use.

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