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The latest in sustainable packaging

In a world that is demanding sustainability, companies in the print, packaging, and paper industries are coming up with inventive sustainable solutions for everyday applications and forming partnerships that are committed to environmentally friendly practices.

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Sustainable solutions in abundance in the packaging industry

Asia Pulp and Paper (APP) recently won a Green Supply Chain award for its compostable packaging solution, Foopak Bio Natura. The Green Chain Supply awards, hosted by Supply & Demand Chain Executive, recognises companies that put sustainability at their core and actively help customers achieve truly sustainable solutions.

Foopak Bio Natura can completely break down in as little as 12 weeks and by working with Mexican packaging manufacturer Paptech has brought its solution to a large restaurant chain in the country. 

“A core value of APP, sustainability is embedded throughout our operation including our products and development,” says Felix Koh, senior vice president and global business unit head at APP. “We are happy to partner with companies like Paptech to deliver packaging solutions that combine both functionality and sustainability to meet consumers’ demands.”

There is so much to do in the packaging industry to bring what is a diverse industry together

Elsewhere, businesses are pledging allegiance to using suppliers with green credentials. Communications agency PHD Marketing and Strategy recently teamed up with The Packaging Collective to manage its marketing activities and spread the word of the packaging industry’s sustainable agenda. The packaging-focused community brings together businesses in networking events, education and training, and awards programmes in the print and packaging industries.

PHD’s foundations were built on experience within the plastics, packaging and print industries through managing director Joanna Stephenson’s extensive experience. She comments: “There is so much to do in the packaging industry to bring what is a diverse industry together, to lobby and educate in way that benefits the sector and consumers alike.

“The Packaging Collective has great expertise and a vision for how the packaging industry can move forward against what is a very tough media backdrop and consumer situation. We're delighted that the team have put their trust in us to drive their strategy forward."

Food manufacturers, brands and retailers are seeking packaging solutions which strengthen their green credentials

Parkside continues to drive compostable solutions for packaging, its latest collaboration sees the company pair with wholefoods firm Alara to produce a natural and sustainable liner for its range of organic muesli carton boxes.

The compostable laminates took seven years of research and development before it was ready to replace traditional plastic packaging, as the requirements of food packaging is often a huge challenge for packaging producers. The cellulose film laminates are made using sustainably sourced bio-based materials.

Head of innovation and new product development at Parkside, Phil O’Driscoll, says: “Food manufacturers, brands and retailers are seeking packaging solutions which strengthen their green credentials. For Alara, sustainability is a core value of their business and this is reflected in the products they produce and the packaging they use.

"We are extremely proud to have been able to partner with them and help them to achieve a superb pack solution that is sustainable in every way."

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