For years now, the amount of packaging waste has been increasing, namely to over 18 million tons in Germany (2017). Consumption of plastic packaging has even doubled since the year 1995 (UBA 2019). There are many and various reasons for this. In order to counter this development, material cycles should be closed, packaging saved and designed to be more sustainable and readily recyclable.
Policymakers are reacting to this challenge with ambitious targets in legislation, e.g. in the Packaging Act. In Germany, for instance, significantly more packaging is to be recycled by 2022 than is currently the case. In addition, consumers want less packaging and, if so, it should be more sustainable.
Since packaging is often an important element of a product, for instances to provide the necessary protection or to comply with hygiene regulations, the search for alternatives when it comes to materials and packaging is not easy for companies. This is why the Bavarian Chambers of Industry and Commerce, in cooperation with the Resource Efficiency Centre of Bavaria (REZ) has developed a guide for companies to give them an initial introduction to the topic. Amongst other things, it explains how packaging material can be saved and how to switch to sustainable and recyclable packaging. Examples from firms in Bavaria show what the changeover to sustainable packaging solutions can look like.
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- Assessment of recyclability
- Recommendations for more recyclingfriendly design
- Support with communication on the subject of "recyclingfriendly packaging”
- Assistance in developing a concept for the purchase of products with recyclingfriendly packaging
Oliver Friedrichs will be pleased to answer any questions you may have on recyclable and sustainable packaging if you call +49/40/750687-0 or send an e-mail message to firstname.lastname@example.org.