Canadian Packaging

More bioplastics use in packaging

DuPont finds growing demand for renewable, compostable plastic


May 17, 2011
by PIC staff

WILMINGTON, DET.—Recycled and recyclable plastic will likely play a larger role in packaging, according to a new survey by DuPont.

DuPont sampled more than 500 packaging professionals around the globe.

For 40 per cent, sustainability was their toughest challenge—more than 33 per cent that named cost as a major factor.

“Sustainable, cost-effective solutions that reduce packaging’s environmental footprint are a top goal across geographies,” said William J. Harvey, president of DuPont Packaging & Industrial Polymers.

How packaging professionals are approaching sustainability:

  • 65 percent say they’re focusing on design for recyclability or use of recycled content
  • 57 percent are concentrating on weight reduction
  • 41 percent on renewable or bio-based materials
  • 25 percent say they are focused on compostable materials

“These survey results confirm that there are many pathways to improving packaging sustainability,” said Harvey.

“It starts with close collaboration throughout the value chain to spark innovation,” he added.