Canadian Packaging

Earth Day 2016 Special: Breaking down sustainable packaging

PMMI recognizes gains in processing and packaging sustainability.

April 22, 2016
by Canadian Packaging staff

RESTON, VA—Forty-six years after the first Earth Day in 1970, consumer awareness of the environment and their ensuing demand for sustainable products has prompted the processing and packaging industry to respond with sustainable initiatives in operations and packaging.

The Breaking Down Sustainable Packaging infographic, produced by PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies, shows how the industry, particularly food and beverage, household and personal care, and healthcare packaging segments are adopting sustainable practices to meet the increased demand of consumers.

“We’re seeing more green options in packaging — recyclable, reusable and degradable — as manufacturers reduce source material creating lighter primary and secondary packaging thus reducing waste,” says PMMI director of business intelligence Paula Feldman. “We expect this practice to increase in the coming years as CPGs strive to meet consumer demand.”

For more detailed information on sustainability in the processing and packaging industry, download a complimentary Executive Summary for any of the PMMI Business Intelligence reports listed below, full reports are available for $500 per report:

The latest sustainable processing and packaging solutions can be found at PACK EXPO International and Pharma EXPO 2016 (Nov. 6–9; McCormick Place, Chicago).

Register for PACK EXPO International and Pharma EXPO 2016 online at Registration for PACK EXPO and Pharma EXPO is $30 through Oct. 14, when it increases to the on-site fee of $100.

About PMMI
PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies, represents the voice of more than 700 North American manufacturers of equipment, components and materials for processing and packaging. PMMI works to advance a variety of industries by connecting consumer goods companies with manufacturing solutions through the world class PACK EXPO portfolio of trade shows, leading trade media and a wide range of resources to empower our members.
The PACK EXPO trade shows unite the world of processing and packaging to advance the industries they serve: PACK EXPO International, PACK EXPO Las Vegas, Pharma EXPO, PACK EXPO East, EXPO PACK México, EXPO PACK Guadalajara and ProFood Tech, launching in April 2017. PMMI Media Group connects manufacturers to the latest solutions, trends and innovations in processing and packaging year-round through brands including Packaging World, Automation World, Healthcare Packaging, Contract Packaging and Packaging + Processing OEM. PMMI Business Drivers assist members in pursuing operational excellence through workforce development initiatives, deliver actionable business intelligence on economic, market and industry trends to support members’ growth strategies, and actively connect the supply chain throughout the year.

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