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 Debate,’ some argued that plastics are essential in this aim due to their relatively low energy-intensive production and shelf-life extending capabilities to fend off food waste. However, others contended that plastics-alternatives, including biodegradable and compostable solutions, offer viable sustainability without the pollution. This debate manifested itself in a wealth of plastic and plastic-free innovation, while suppliers were keen to demonstrate how their solutions could bring carbon footprint down without compensating for aesthetic pack appeal.
As 2021 draws to a close, we look back at the most popular stories of the year, as determined by our readers. Plastic waste escape routes dominated reader appetite, notably circular plastics economy solutions, fiber-based innovation and bioplastics proliferation. However, readers were also hot on greenwashing concerns, checking in to see where environmental sustainability...View More
FachPack made its long-awaited return after COVID-19 restrictions, once again bringing together the European packaging, technology and processing industry for three days of innovation showcasing and networking. This year’s event attracted 788 exhibitors from 33 countries and approximately 24,000 visitors. The event was dominated by environmental sustainability trends,...View More
Customization, robotization and material reduction were three central themes highlighted at Empack 2021, hosted September 8-9 in Den Bosch, the Netherlands. As Europe begins to regain some pre-pandemic networking normalcy, advances in packaging machinery, coding and labeling stood out at the show. Thinning plastic films, using recyclable mono-materials, and operating...View More
In an unprecedented year, the COVID-19 pandemic forced major changes in the packaging industry. Plastics packaging proved vital in preserving food freshness amid disrupted supply chains and heightened hygiene concerns. Meanwhile, e-commerce sales went through the roof, driving demand for corrugated packaging solutions, particularly in home food delivery. Manufacturers turned...View More
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