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Sustainability Efforts Reshaping Some Brands’ Food Packaging

Brand owners and major retailers are responding to consumer demands and increasingly stepping up to “do the right thing” environmentally as they publicly commit to sustainable food packaging. These initiatives are designed to reduce packaging waste and encourage a shift to the circular economy.

The goal of the circular economy – currently a better-known concept in Europe than in North America – is to move from our traditional take-make-dispose economy, to one that has a closed loop, where materials, nutrients and data are continuously repurposed. One impact of such a concept is that it encourages greater use of biopolymers and recycled content in all appropriate types of packaging, including in food and beverage packaging.

Sustainability Efforts Reshaping Some Brands’ Food Packaging

Earth Day Texas Event in Dallas Brings Together Experts to Tackle Plastic Pollution at Scale

Plastic is among the most common types of pollution on Earth and is rapidly making its way into the oceans. Research published in the journal Science estimated that at least 5.3 million tons of plastic debris entered the world’s oceans in 2010.

On Friday, several environmentalists, financial experts and companies that manufacture and use plastic will meet in Dallas to work on tackling plastic pollution and potentially slow that flow.

Earth Day Texas Event in Dallas Brings Together Experts to Tackle Plastic Pollution at Scale

Plastic Opportunities for Change

Whether or not the ocean and our waters upstream are drivers for needed improvements in plastic pollution reduction, the health of our communities, and the customers we all need, should be incentive enough to demand and encourage management to really focus on being an active participant in the circular economy. Plastic pollution is now on the top of many environmental agendas, as it directly impacts the abilities of cities to be resilient, and “smart.” Governments can facilitate circularity and waste avoidance, but it is the private sector which will thrive on it once some good case studies are promoted, scaled and replicated.

Plastic Opportunities for Change

Recycling issues continue to plague shrink sleeve labels

By Robert Rath

Bottle-hugging shrink sleeve labels have continued to gain popularity due to their attractive design and large amount of label landscape – but recycling remains a challenge. Thankfully, industry leaders are discussing options.

Recycling issues continue to plague shrink sleeve labels
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