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What is Green Packaging?

2019-01-25 17:36 Friday


Many industries are looking for ways to move away from traditional packaging and quickly adopt sustainable, environmentally friendly, biodegradable or natural products to meet the packaging needs of the market. This is known as green packaging.

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What is Green Packaging?

Green packaging refers to any changes made by product manufacturers or service providers to reduce the impact of packaging on the environment in the process of providing products and services to consumers.

Packaging materials, especially those made of plastics that are not easily decomposed or disposable, have a huge impact on the environment. Green packaging is the use of biodegradable or recyclable materials, reduction in the number of packaging materials, or the use of refillable or reusable packaging containers. This also includes the use of various methods to limit waste and emissions from the manufacturing of packaging materials.

Packaging material can cause a massive amount of waste, because it becomes useless after the product is purchased. Plastic, the most common packaging material, can stay in landfills for years.

To address these environmental problems, environmental groups and government agencies are advocating for product manufacturers and service providers to increase the use of green packaging products -- which are less harmful than those previously used. The term "green" packaging can be misleading because some "green" packaging materials are still harmful, just a little less so. However, most green packaging can lead to real environmental improvements.

Global Overview

Although the global green packaging trends are just emerging, the trend is clear. Green ideas are rapidly permeating every aspect of the packaging industry, from raw materials selection to production processes.

A recent report by Transparency Market Research noted that the green packaging market will see huge growth, with the industry likely to grow by nearly 60% over the next five years. The industry is now worth nearly $109 billion. According to the report, if the market grows by 60%, it will grow at a compound annual rate of 7.6% over the next few years.

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