The sustainable development of human society makes plastic packaging face increasing environmental pressure, but plastic packaging will not be replaced by other packaging materials because of its unique advantages. In the future, with the advancement of technology, plastic packaging materials will be used in a way that reduces carbon emissions and is environmentally friendly, and improves the use value of plastic packaging materials.
The recycling rate of plastic is only 10%, which means that 90% of the plastic is incinerated, landfilled or directly discarded into the natural environment. Plastics typically take 20 to 400 years, or more, to decompose. Decomposed plastic creates debris, or microplastics, that remain in the atmospheric circulation, in everything we do, from water to food and soil. Packaging with sustainable materials can break this negative cycle.
In 2021, Australia announced the National Plastics Plan, which aims to ban single-use plastics by 2025. In addition to Australia, a growing number of countries and cities around the world are taking action to ban single-use plastics. In the EU, the 2019 Single-Use Plastics Directive aims to combat the 10 most common single-use plastic items found on European beaches, which account for 70% of all marine litter in the EU. In the United States, states such as California, Hawaii and New York have begun legislation to ban single-use plastic items such as plastic bags, forks and food containers. In Asia, countries such as Indonesia and Thailand have led calls for measures to ban single-use plastics.
According to Ranpak and Harris Research, e-commerce customers in the US, UK, France and Germany are willing to work with companies that use sustainable packaging. In fact, more than 70% of consumers in all these countries have this preference, while more than 80% of consumers in the UK and France prefer sustainable packaging.
Environment, Society and Governance, commonly referred to as ESG strategy, are listed as a key part of many companies’ development as consumers and investors become more eco-conscious. By improving a business's resource efficiency, businesses can improve their scores and potentially gain more business value, including increased brand reputation, customer and employee loyalty, and access to capital.
With the increasing need for environmental protection actions and the need for enterprises to achieve a win-win situation between economic profits and sustainable development goals, it is safe to say that in the near future, the development of greener, recyclable and sustainable plastic packaging materials will be the development of the packaging industry. mega trend.
Post time: Aug-02-2022