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What are people talking about in packaging right now?

All industries around the world are adapting to changes in workplace environments, commerce, and more. This spring, packaging professionals have been continuing the conversation about sustainability, packaging innovations, and helping customers to operate efficiently. The exponential rate of growth in packaging technology has also sparked conversation about leveraging technology for growth and longevity. Here’s what people are talking about in packaging right now.

Packaging trends in 2020 for food & beverage

These are the times when it is buyers who are mainly driving packaging selection of Consumer-Packaged Goods (CPG). Many reasons have contributed, like a heightened concern for sustainability and the big rise of e-commerce. As the retail environment continues to modify, food and beverage packaging must have to make scope for the changes to save brand integrity.

Also, selling to an empowered customer base is a challenging business. Never before the world has seen a generation so sharply focused on eating healthy, taking out their smartphones to read the reviews, look for ingredients and find an organization’s or brand’s back story.

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A New Dawn for Sustainable Packaging

We need to find new ways to eliminate waste and maximize the use of natural capital and, at the same time, create sustainable development. Everyone recognizes that plastic waste is bad for the environment. But plastic itself is a good thing – a practical and valuable resource that can be recycled and reused. Supporting the development of an efficient circular economy, in which our natural resources never become waste, is essential. We need to find new ways to eliminate waste and maximise the use of natural capital and, at the same time, create sustainable development.

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The Box from This Toy Doesn’t Get Thrown Out

If you buy a new toy rocket ship from a company called Educational Insights, the cardboard box it comes in isn’t supposed to be recycled (or end up in the trash). In a redesign for its latest line of toys, the company transformed its packaging to become something to play with.

“Our goal was to make something the child would actually want to keep, extending the life of the packaging,” says Joey Lopez, senior designer at Educational Insights. The box for the rocket, for example, unfolds to reveal a scene from a control center, launch tower, and moon landing. A toy recycling truck comes in a box that turns into a recycling center.

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Could Recyclability Give Aluminum an Edge Over Plastic

For many years, manufacturers have been searching for ways to reduce packaging in an attempt to cut down costs. However, of late, many are focused on how changes to packaging can help to limit their environmental impact and appeal to increasingly conscious consumers. One material attracting attention is aluminium, Earth’s most common natural metal.

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Survey Reveals Confusion Over Recycling

For several decades, packaging on plastic bottles and containers of various types and sizes has been labeled with a triangle surrounding a number. That number — one through seven — was supposed to help consumers determine what to do with that bottle or container when they were done with the contents. While it sounds easy, this method didn’t always work for consumers, who often felt confused about what was recyclable and what wasn’t.

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