All roads lead to a circular packaging economy: In a year once again dominated by the drive for increased sustainability, suppliers and brand owners got more serious in their attempts to unearth truly “circular” packaging systems and concepts. The rising tide of public anti-plastic sentiment manifested itself in more stringent environmental regulations, notably the EU’s ban on single-use plastic items. Innovation in paper-based and other material alternatives to plastics came to the fore, as did a rise in reusable packaging innovations, encouraged by TerraCycle’s Loop initiative. In some quarters, however, faith in plastic as the ideal circular material remains strong, with recyclable and recycled plastic packaging launches grabbing headlines throughout the year.
Packaging Innovations 2020 in Birmingham, UK, was all about carbon footprint. Nobody will deny that the scourge of packaging pollution remains an urgent global issue, but increased attention to climate change has led the packaging industry to also reevaluate its role in bringing greenhouse gases back down to manageable levels. During the show’s ‘Big Carbon...View More
Snacks and candy packaging stole the show at ISM and ProSweets 2020, hosted in Cologne, Germany, February 2-5. Packaging suppliers exhibited the latest in machinery, materials and decorative techniques needed to bring confectionery safely, hygienically and attractively to retail shelves. A labyrinth of large-scale, fully and semi-automatic machinery gave visitors a closer look...View More
FachPack 2019 in Nuremberg, Germany, attracted around 44,000 visitors and 1,591 exhibitors in a year where the show declared its first-ever official key theme: Sustainability. The 12 exhibition halls demonstrated that the search for increased sustainability is a multi-faceted challenge and one that cannot be overcome with a single solution or a particular material. The rush to...View More
Packaging Innovations/Luxury Packaging 2019 in London celebrated its 10th birthday, exhibiting a wide range of innovative, environmentally responsible new packaging designs. The major theme of the show was sustainability in the context of circular material economies and the debate centered around the contest between plastic packaging and plastic-free alternatives. The Plastic...View More
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