Packaging Sustainability Trends Highlighted at Interpack 2023
After a six-year gap, Interpack 2023 had a lot of ground to cover. With packaging producers facing mounting pressure to meet EU recyclable packaging regulations by 2030, sustainability remains at the top of the agenda on a global scale. We take a look at some of the highlights of the show.
Revolution – evolution of food packaging at Interpack 2023
Last month, Interpack 2023 opened its’ doors for the first time in six years in Dusseldorf, Germany. With 18 halls, 2,800 exhibitors and 140,000 visitors, the show highlighted the importance of the sector and how packaging is still playing a key role for brands of all sizes.
High pressure and increasing demand across the sector has prompted levels of positive collaboration and Interpack highlighted some of the resulting innovation. The world’s largest packaging show has always had a reputation for bringing leading-edge technologies to the fore and this year did not disappoint. Some of the show’s highlights included:
Mono-material films and flexible packaging
Making the switch from non-recyclable laminates to mono-materials is a growing priority, placing pressure on packaging manufacturers across the world. At Interpack 2023, innovation in mono-materials was seen in polypropylene (PP) to replace polyethylene-based laminates.
Low shrink, high integrity OPP film was also seen as a broad replacement for PET laminates, ticking an additional important box for brands looking for a lightweight option. New materials are now being designed to prevent distortion during heat-sealing, making them a more viable option for food packaging.
Recyclable paper pouches
Innovation in paper-based packaging is soaring, as demonstrated throughout the Interpack halls this year. New materials include fully-recyclable paper packaging suitable for frozen foods. Promising to be revolutionary, the design of these paper pouches could answer both consumer and regulatory demands for packaging that is more easily recycled.
Supporting a Transition to Sustainable Packaging Materials
Making the transition to sustainability is a widespread responsibility that is important to both industry and consumer. We’re seeing more care taken in purchasing decisions at all levels and all aspects are considered, from the raw materials to the environmental footprint and energy consumption.
These considerations can make all the difference, but for packaging businesses, where do you begin? Jacob White packaging can help. We support our clients with the transition, not only to sustainable packaging materials, but also to explore solutions for wider environmental and business benefits.
We take our environmental responsibilities seriously, and continuously strive to minimise our social impact in our own operations. By working closely with our clients, we provide support and guidance in making the right choices for your operations and the environment. Talk to us today or visit this page to find out more about our commitment to sustainability.