Natural packaging material that’s biodegradable, bactericidal, and waterproof

Read the full story at Food Engineering.

A team of scientists from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) and Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, U.S., has developed a “smart” food packaging material that is biodegradable, sustainable and antimicrobial. It could also extend the shelf life of fresh fruit by two to three days.

Packaging Recyclability & Design reports from RECOUP

RECOUP, a UK organization committed to securing sustainable, circular, and practical solutions for plastic resources, has released a series of reports related to recyclability and design of plastic packaging. The series includes:

EPA confirms fluorinated containers leach PFAS

Read the full story at Chemical & Engineering News.

Plastic containers made of fluorinated high-density polyethylene (HDPE) are likely to leach per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) into pesticides and other liquid products that are stored in them, results from the US Environmental Protection Agency suggest.

The data, released Sept. 8, show that the amount of PFAS that migrates into liquid products increases with storage time.

Producers need to start getting ready for the UK’s EPR packaging regulations

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The implementation of the Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) regulations in the UK has been delayed until 2024, but packaging data specialist Ecoveritas is cautioning producers to not be complacent and to start making plans now.

As state PFAS in packaging laws loom, restaurants mull serviceware alternatives

Read the full story at Waste Dive.

As fast food chains face lawsuits related to PFAS in packaging, and numerous states prepare to enact related packaging bans, restaurant franchisors should consider proactively changing their foodware offerings, attorneys recommended during an Aug. 10 webinar from legal services firm Lathrop GPM.

Franchisors must closely monitor upcoming changes to state regulations, which could dictate how they source or purchase items like cups, takeout containers and other food serviceware — and what kinds of products eventually end up in disposal sites, they said.

Ten states have passed laws banning intentionally-added PFAS in packaging, with New York’s law taking effect at the end of the year. With more such laws expected to pass in the next few years, experts suggested finding PFAS-free packaging alternatives, even if businesses are complying with current state and local regulations related to per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances.

How supply chain visibility improves your sustainability

Read the full story in Packaging Digest.

Improving collaboration between customers and suppliers will reduce waste, which benefits businesses and the environment.

Good laptop packaging design can reduce waste and help our tech necks

Read the full story at Treehugger.

This is a little post about a little box that comes with a little computer. But the box tells a big story about packaging design.

Computers are high-value products and need solid, durable packaging. I keep all the boxes my Apple products come in (recycled and FSC content) and stack them up to raise my notebook for Zoom calls—I don’t want people looking up my nose. But it is all sort of ad-hoc.

Now, Taiwan computer company ASUS, which makes the thin and expensive ExpertBook B9, is changing the game.

Reusable and refillable packaging becomes a major trend for 2022

Read the full story at Environment + Energy Leader.

Reusable and refillable packaging is one of the most dynamic sectors of the packaging market in 2022, with rapid growth fueled by innovative formats and the need to enact more planet-friendly business models, says a new targeted market study from Smithers – The Future of Refillable and Reusable Packaging to 2027. 

Sustainable packaging in high demand, food industry seen as a leader: Shorr

Read the full story at Food Industry Executive.

More than three-quarters (76%) of U.S. consumers made a conscious effort to purchase more sustainable products in the past year, and 57% have made an increased effort to purchase sustainable products or products with sustainable packaging over the course of the pandemic, according to a new report from Shorr

P&G uses life cycle assessment for sustainable packaging design

Read the full story at Packaging World.

Victoria Jung, Packaging Technology Leader for P&G’s Surface Care Portfolio, explains how the company uses LCA to guide its packaging design, using Swiffer, Mr. Clean, and Dawn as examples.