Sustainability and packaging
The packaging industry is one of the leading generators of waste worldwide, and growing concern about the environmental impact of this waste has led to an increase in demand for more sustainable packaging solutions. In this article, we will discuss the challenges and opportunities facing the packaging sector in terms of sustainability.
Challenges facing the packaging sector in terms of sustainability
One of the biggest challenges facing the packaging sector in terms of sustainability is the amount of waste it generates. Packaging accounts for a large share of municipal solid waste in many countries, and is often difficult to recycle due to the complexity of materials and production processes.
Another major challenge is the growing demand for packaging due to the rise of e-commerce and home delivery. As more people shop online, the amount of packaging needed to transport products increases, which in turn increases the amount of waste generated.
Opportunities for sustainability in the packaging sector
Despite these challenges, there are many opportunities for the packaging sector to become more sustainable. One of the main opportunities is innovation in materials. Sustainable packaging materials, such as paper and cardboard, glass and bioplastics, are gaining popularity due to their ability to be recycled or biodegraded. In addition, advances in recycling technology are making it possible to recycle materials that were previously considered too difficult or costly to recycle, such as multilayer plastics.
In terms of contribution, companies in the labeling, coding and marking world, such as United Barcode Systems, can make the difference:
One of the ways UBS is addressing this challenge is through innovation in ink materials, working to develop a more sustainable oil-based ink that can be used on a variety of porous surfaces and substrates, and that also does not condition the recyclability of these.
A further focus for the world, in this case labeling, would be to promote the use of more sustainable labels, such as biodegradable and compostable labels, to help reduce the amount of waste generated.
How to improve sustainability in our company?
So far, we have mentioned initiatives that depend directly on our customers, even if they come from the coding companies. If that ink or those labels are not purchased, it doesn't start that sustainability wheel rolling. To proactively take sustainability a step further, we must:
○ Promote initiatives that have a direct impact on corporate culture, both our own and that of others, as is the case with Blue Minds.
○Adopt more sustainable production practices to reduce our carbon footprint through the use of renewable energies and the optimization of our production processes, switching to additive manufacturing in order to reduce material waste.
○ Promote, prescribe and demand that concern to our partners, customers and suppliers.
So become a driver of change and value solutions from manufacturers with Blue Minds.
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