Surabhi Mukhi, APDN Textiles Project Manager

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What are the criteria associated with sustainable packaging?

  • Beneficial, safe and healthy for individuals and communities throughout its life cycle.
  • Meets market criteria for both performance and cost.
  • Sourced, manufactured, transported, and recycled using renewable energy.
  • Optimizes the use of renewable and/or recycled source materials.
  • Manufactured using clean production technologies and adheres to best practices.
  • Physically designed to optimize materials and energy.
  • Materials are effectively recovered and utilized in biological and/or industrial closed loop cycles.
  • Assess environmental impacts associated with all stages of a product’s life from cradle to grave.

What materials are used?

  • Bioplastics from non-food (cellulosic) biomass sources
  • Biodegradable (PLA)
  • Agricultural residues such as corn stover, bagasse or oat hulls
  • Focus on multi-product manufacturing (biorefinery) molded fiber packaging
  • Plastic pouch in molded pulp clamshell (Ecologic, GreenBottle)
  • Molded pulp protective packaging
  • Fiber based bottle, hemp

What is the conclusion?

Sustainability and sustainable packaging is a critical component of corporate strategy. Objective and science-based approaches are necessary to measure sustainability performance. Sustainable packaging presents several opportunities in value chain.