Learn more about Sustainable Plastic Packaging

Sustainable plastic packaging refers to creating solutions that have a minimal environmental impact and this can be achieved through reducing, reusing, and recycling plastic packaging solutions. This sustainable packaging solution brings along the new dimensions of innovation across the plastic packaging industry and is enabling manufacturers to explore the untapped opportunities of new materials compositions.

Even though plastics add a great contribution to environmental sustainability through recycling, reusing, and energy-saving options, it has become important for the companies to realize their carbon footprint and adopt more sustainably viable packaging solutions which can reduce the waste and CO2 emissions. The sustainable plastic packaging industry is driven by government laws and regulations which focus on maintaining environmental equilibrium through sustainable packaging solutions. The top manufacturers in the sustainable plastic packaging market are:

Top Manufacturers in the Sustainable Plastic Packaging Market

  1. Uflex Ltd.
  2. Berry Global Group Inc
  3. Amcor Limited
  4. Smurfit Kappa Group PLC
  5. Mondi PLC
  6. Sealed Air Corporation
  7. CCL Industries (Innovia Films)
  8. Huhtamaki OYJ
  9. Reynolds Packaging
  10. Essel Propack
  11. Gerresheimer AG
  12. Genpak LLC
  13. Sonoco Products Company
  14. Plastic Suppliers Inc. (EarthFirst)
  15. NatureWorks LLC
  16. Phoenix Technologies International LLC
  17. Novamont S.P.A

Market Overview

Sustainable plastic packaging refers to the use of reusable, recyclable, and biodegradable materials for various packaging solutions. The market can be segmented into three categories based on packaging type, packaging format, process, and end-user application industry. Sustainable packaging finds its application in all the sectors, however, food, beverages, FMCG, medical, and pharmaceutical are a few of the dominating industries.

The sustainable plastic packaging market is projected to grow from USD 84.0 billion in 2020 to USD 117.3 billion by 2025, at a CAGR of 5.6% during the forecast period. This growth is majorly attributed to the factors such as increasing food and beverages consumption, stringent regulations, and increasing technological advancements to innovate new materials for sustainability.

Companies are adopting different strategies to reduce their carbon footprint. These measures include the adoption of curbside recyclable materials, lightweight packaging, implementation of circular model, reducing plastic usage, and managing waste stock among others. Several companies have achieved the goals of developing 100% sustainable packaging solutions and the emerging players are still underway but are working towards sustainability.

The global sustainable plastic packaging market is expected to grow owing to stringent regulatory norms which are compelling manufacturers to adopt sustainable options. It is expected that APAC will lead the market owing to countries like India, and China which increasing development activities, ongoing rapid expansions, and growing environmental awareness.


The competitive leadership mapping section explains the plastic packaging solution manufacturers which contribute to the growth of the sustainable plastic packaging market. It describes the results of the analysis and ranks them based on the performance across each assessment criteria.

The evaluation criteria are based on two broad categories, namely, Product Maturity and Company Maturity on which packaging solutions manufacturers are rated. Each category encompasses various parameters based on which the active players in the sustainable plastic packaging market are evaluated.

Parameters considered under Product Maturity include breadth and depth of product offering, product features, and functionality, focus on product innovation, product differentiation and impact on customer value, and product quality and reliability.

Parameters considered under Company Maturity include geographic footprint/presence in emerging markets, breadth of applications served, channel strategy and fit, the effectiveness of organic growth strategy, and mergers and acquisitions strategy.


Visionary leaders are the sustainable plastic packaging vendors which are leading the market with their strong product portfolio, huge market presence, and effective business strategies. With a robust product portfolio, these companies cater services globally. The vendors listed under the visionary leaders primarily focus on acquiring the top positions in the market through their strong financial capabilities and well-established brand.

Top Entities in the Sustainable plastic packaging market

Uflex Ltd.

Uflex is a leading flexible plastic packaging materials and solutions and a global polymer science company. It is one of the largest end-to-end flexible packaging companies in India. The company’s business portfolio consists of packaging films, packaging, aseptic liquid packaging, chemicals, engineering, printing cylinders, and holography. It serves as a one-stop shop for flexible packaging solutions. Its applications span multiple sectors including FMCG, consumer product goods, pharmaceuticals, building materials, and automobiles among others.

The company has a huge production capacity for Biaxially Oriented Polyethylene Teraphthalate (BOPET), Biaxially Oriented Polypropylene (BOPP) films, Cast Polypropylene (CPP) films, facilities for printing and coating inks, adhesives, holography, metallization, and PVDC coating, gravure printing cylinders, gravure printing, lamination, and pouch formation. The company has taken several successful initiatives to reduce CO2 emissions and achieve substantiality goals. These include the usage of 100% PCR polymer content BOPET film and the development of paper-based tubes among others.

Berry Global Group Inc

Berry Global offers packaging solutions to several industries such as food, agriculture and horticulture, beverages, building and construction, healthcare, and others. Its product portfolio consists of packaging solutions for applications such as apparel, applicators, bags and bulks, bottles and vials, canisters and jerrycans, caps and closures, containers, tubs and pots, films, and laminates, filtration materials, jars, lids, medical devices, and others.

Amcor Limited

Amcor offers innovative and sustainable packaging solutions. Its flexible packaging solutions are used in several sectors such as food, healthcare, home care, pet care, personal care, technical application, and beverages industries. The company uses bio-based materials and post-consumer recycled resin to lower the carbon footprint of its packaging solutions. Additionally, the company also offers the ASSET tool for evaluating the carbon footprint of customers’ existing packaging solutions.

Smurfit Kappa Group

Smurfit Kappa is a leading manufacturer of paper-based packaging and corrugated packaging. It offers end-to-end solutions from manufacturing paper to packaging and then recycling. These solutions include packaging, bag-in-box, displays, packaging machinery, containerboard, paper and board, and recycling. The company caters its solutions to several industries such as eCommerce, retail, consumer, industrial, automotive, bakery, and other.  The company rigorously tests paper, board, and pack performance throughout the supply chain and tries to improve its paper, board, or packaging products.

Sealed Air Corporation

Sealed Air Corp. offers food, healthcare, and product packaging solutions. It uses different types of materials such as corrugated, flexible films, foams, paper, plant-based, recyclable materials, recycled content, semi-rigid, and others. The product portfolio consists of packaging solutions like Autobag, Bubble Wrap, Cryovac, Sealed Air, Nexcel, and Prismiq, which are available in various structural forms. Additionally, the company has introduced digital packaging capabilities which are based on smart packaging technology, digital printing, and services.  Such technological innovations enable the company to adopt a differentiated pricing strategy and become the leader in the market.


Dynamic Differentiators are having strong business strategies and are established in the market. However, these players have a weak service portfolio and usually are focused on a product-specific type of component or technology.

Essel Propack

Essel Propack, a global specialty packaging company, manufactures laminated plastic tubes. The company caters its services to FMCG companies which specifically include oral care, beauty and cosmetics, pharmaceuticals and health, food and nutrition, and home care. Its portfolio of products consists of laminates, laminated tubes, extruded tubes, caps and closures, and dispensing systems/applicators. To achieve sustainability goals the company has developed Platina Tube which is made from HDPE closure and was recently recognized by the APR (Association of Plastic Recyclers) as the world’s first fully sustainable and completely recyclable tube with a cap combination.

Gerresheimer AG

Gerresheimer is a global packaging company that mainly offers its solutions to drug packaging and drug delivery systems along with other industries such as pharma, healthcare, and biotech. The company specializes in glass and plastic packaging products which consist of prefillable syringes, bottles, containers, vials, cartridges, and ampoules. The company also offers a product selector guide to its customers which evaluates the needs and accordingly suggests the relevant product.  

Genpak LLC
Genpak has a strong portfolio of packaging solutions for the food industry. By using curb-side recyclable plastic materials such as P.E.T. plastic and polypropylene the company produces food containers and packaging solutions such as plastic plates and dinnerware and paper cone cups microwave-safe containers, to go containers, catering supplies, and compostable products. The company also offers a sustainable packaging range of products which are completely made from eco-friendly materials.


Innovators are the sustainable plastic packaging vendors which focus more on product innovations and solutions using advanced technologies. However, these companies do not have robust growth strategies for their overall business. These innovative companies make a prominent contribution to the development of the sustainable packaging industry.

Sonoco Products Company

Sonoco offers sustainable packaging solutions to the automotive, beauty and personal care, construction, electronics and appliances, food and powdered beverage, healthcare, household, and textile industry. The company’s sustainable packaging solution, PaperBlister provides alternatives to PVC blister packaging and completely eliminates the need of mixed material designs, making it an all-paper packaging solution. The packaging portfolio consists of flexible packaging, tubes and core, rigid paper containers, medical packaging solutions, blister packaging, EnviroSense sustainable packaging, and others.

EarthFirst Inc.

Earthfirst Biopolymer Films by PSI is a global manufacturer of compostable sealant and barrier sealant films for food, beverage, medical, personal care, office, industrial, and others. The company’s product portfolio consists of Non Barrier Sealant Film, Barrier Sealant Film, Print Web, Flow Wrap, Shrink Label, and Specialty Non Barrier Film. The sealant films offered by EarthFirst are compostable and are greenhouse gas favorable.

Natureworks LLC

NatureWorks manufacturers Ingeo, a material for plastics and fibers which is made by transforming greenhouse gases into fermentable sugars. Ingeo resins lower the carbon footprint and is available in the product forms as 2 Series for Extrusion and Thermoforming, 3 Series for Injection Molding, 4 Series for Films and Cards, 6 Series for Fibers and Nonwovens, 8 Series for Foam, and 3D Series for 3D Printing. These products are used in several industries such as 3d printing, beauty, and household, building and construction, medical, and others.


Emerging companies in the quadrant offer niche products and are gradually building up their position in the sustainable plastic packaging market. However, the growth strategies adopted by these companies are not effective as compared to the leading players in the market. Such companies may need some time to build a strong presence in the market.

Phoenix Technologies International LLC

Phoenix Technologies is a leading manufacturer of recycled polyethylene terephthalate (rPET). The company manufactures high-grade rPET resin pellets from post-consumer recycled plastic. The company’s product portfolio consists of Food Grade LNO p pellets and General Purpose Grade NLP pellets.

Novamont S.P.A

Novamont’s business model is based on developing bioplastics and bio-based products which are biodegradable and compostable. Mater-Bi is Novamont’s packaging solution which is used in carrier bags, food packaging, agriculture, food services, and organic waste collection.

Market Dynamics

This section provides an overview of the drivers, restraints, opportunities, and challenges for the companies in the sustainable plastic packaging market. This market dynamics will help the players to decide the strategies and devise their plan of action accordingly.


The main factors contributing to the rising demand for sustainable packaging materials can be understood from the points mentioned below:

Government initiatives toward sustainable packaging

Governments across the globe are encouraging the use of sustainable packaging solutions is one of the major driving factors of the sustainable plastic packaging market. Several countries have implemented a complete ban on plastic bag usage. For instance, in 2019, the Canadian government has adopted an action plan to implement the Canada-wide Strategy on Zero Plastic Waste. These zero plastic waste strategies include single-use plastics, performance standards for recyclable plastic content, repair, re-manufacturing, and refurbishment, and incentives for a circular economy among other initiatives.

Europe has also established packaging and waste directive initiatives to reduce the impact of packaging waste on the environment. The initiative ensures that the recovery and recycling of the packaging are made effectively, and usage of hazardous content is kept at a minimal level. Countries like the US have set standards for environmentally acceptable packaging, minimum requirements for recycled content, and an outright ban on certain types of plastics. Several other countries have also adopted such initiatives and are also supporting the manufacturers with the infrastructure and capital to support industry change, thereby boosting the sustainable packaging industry.

The shift in consumer preference toward recyclable and eco-friendly materials

Environmental issues such as rising temperatures, ozone depletion, and glacier melting have raised awareness about maintaining the ecological balance among consumers. Consumers are now shifting toward adopting more sustainable options. They are attracted to brands supporting sustainability and are making conscious efforts to refrain from brands that negatively impact the environment. Such efforts from the consumer end are compelling companies to adopt more eco-friendly options, thereby driving the sustainable plastic packaging market.

Breakthroughs in new technologies and innovations

Companies are constantly developing new technologies and strategies to incorporate sustainability across their plastic packaging range. They aim at maximizing the use of available resources by reusing them or by recycling them. Current advancements in technology such as digital printing, intelligent platforms, and research on developing biodegradable and compostable plastics are allowing these manufacturers to reduce their carbon footprint. Companies are developing several chemical compositions and are investing heavily in R&D every year to develop new techniques in order to reduce waste.


Poor Infrastructure facilities for recycling

Recycling waste material needs a robust and dedicated infrastructure facility, which is not available in several countries. In fact, this problem of sub-standard recycling infrastructure still persists in developed nations like the US. As per the UN Environment Programme, approximately 36% of all the plastics produced are used in packaging, which includes SUP products for food and beverage containers, out of which approximately 85% of which ends up as unregulated waste and remains untreated. The primary reason for this is the ill-equipped machineries which are unable to handle the changing packaging industry trends, due to which the maximum amount of packaging waste goes untreated causing a major impact on the environment. Another prominent factor responsible for lower recycling of wastage is the lack of knowledge and expertise in the field, which often has led to incineration of wastage instead of recycling. Such factors restrict the manufacturers from adopting new sustainable packaging options.

Packaging shifting towards non-plastic solutions

Due to the lack of recycling infrastructure and the harmful effects of plastic packaging, many companies are opting for biodegradable or easily recyclable alternatives. Usage of plant-based packaging, corrugated bubble wraps, cellulose packaging, etc. are trending and bears the potential to create a massive environmental impact, leading to lesser usage of plastic packaging solutions.


Growing e-commerce industry

The e-commerce industry is one of the fastest-growing industries. This growth is majorly driven by apparel, consumer electronics, pharmaceutical, and personal care industries. A huge number of users have shifted to online shopping due to the convenience and variety of options available. Such activities create an opportunity for several e-commerce companies such as Amazon, Flipkart, Alibaba, and others. These companies are exploring sustainable packaging options and constant efforts are being made both by the e-commerce companies and the packaging manufacturers to ensure that the packaging used is recyclable and reusable.


Fluctuations in raw material prices

The constantly increasing prices of raw materials used in sustainable packaging cause a major impact on the overall packaging industry. In addition to raw materials, the increasing prices of energy resources such as water and fuel (coal, hydrocarbon gas liquids, natural gas) are also fluctuating due to changing weather conditions, market fluctuations, currency control, and governmental norms. Such fluctuations are reflected through increased operational costs, resulting in the expensive end product.

Additionally, with a rapidly increasing demand for sustainable packaging solutions such as paper, corrugated packaging, etc. by the end-user, access to raw materials will become hard to secure and therefore causing disruption across the demand-supply chain, ultimately resulting in price volatility. In order to combat such unprecedented fluctuations in the cost of the raw materials, manufacturers should incorporate a circular economy where one industry’s waste is used as raw material by another, instead of a linear economy that disposes off the raw material after one use.

Sustainable Plastic Packaging Market – By Packaging Type

The sustainable plastic packaging market can be segmented into rigid, flexible, and industrial based on the type of packaging. Even though in recent years flexible packaging has been replacing many of the rigid packaging applications, rigid packaging still holds a strong position in some applications like high-end beverages, spirits, perfumes, and beauty products among others. These applications require strong structure, durability, and rigid protection and therefore remain the preference. However, in terms of sustainability flexible packaging requires lesser energy across its supply chain, thereby reducing the overall carbon footprint as compared to rigid packaging. Industrial packaging is classified as different since it caters to different sets of applications.

Rigid Plastic Packaging

Rigid plastic refers to materials that have no elastic deformation and have an inflexible shape or form. Such materials offer structure and provide strength to the products Some examples of these rigid plastics include food containers, corrugated boxes, cans, and bottles. To achieve sustainability companies are shifting towards recyclable rigid plastics. High-Density Polyethylene (HDPE) and Polypropylene (PP) are the highly used recyclable rigid plastic materials. These materials are eco-friendly and biodegradable and can be easily recycled. With proper design strategies for materials, recycling, and reusability for rigid plastics, a maximum recovery from the waste can be achieved for packaging solutions.

Flexible Plastic Packaging

Flexible packaging refers to the structures which can be easily deformed and are made from easy-yielding materials. These are significantly lightweight and are preferred for their excellent inside barrier protection from heat, oxygen, odors, and other environmental factors.  Flexible packaging has gained a prominent market share primarily due to lower material consumption, lower costs, easy customization, barrier protection, and reusability and recyclability. Its lightweight features aid in reducing the overall carbon emissions across the entire value chain, making it a more sustainable option for manufacturers.

Industrial Plastic Packaging

Industrial plastic packaging is an umbrella term used to describe specialized or heavy-duty packaging which needs added protection while transferring goods from one source to the other or while they are stored in one place. It is used to protect, ship, and store a wide range of goods. This type of packaging is used for products that usually need high stability or are hazardous or products that are sensitive. Sustainability in industrial plastic packaging will be usually driven by the reuse of materials like heavy drums, sacks or cans, etc.

Sustainable Plastic Packaging Market – By Packaging Format

Based on the packaging format, the sustainable plastic packaging market can be categorized as primary, secondary, and tertiary plastic packaging. Even though the primary packaging market has been dominating, both secondary and tertiary have had a strong presence in the sustainable plastic packaging market for a long due to its durable, strong, and reusable nature.


Primary packaging is the packaging that comes directly in contact with the product. This type of packaging is also referred to as sales or consumption packaging. The main aim of primary packaging is to protect the product against contamination. It also offers additional information such as shelf life, expiry dates, product description, etc. For instance, primary packaging in the beverages industry will be the bottle that directly comes in contact with the beverage stored inside it, and in the case of the food industry, the plastic wrappers for chocolate or snacks will be the primary packaging.

It is expected that the growing reliance on online shopping and awareness of sustainable primary packaging options will drive the growth of the sustainable primary packaging market.


Secondary packaging refers to the packaging which carries the products stored in the primary packaging.  This type of packaging provides supplementary support to primary packaging and serves as a shipping container for smaller items. For example, cardboard boxes, and plastic boxes consist of products inside them. This packaging is also called grouped or displayed packaging. It is also used to display multiple product units on sale which aids in restocking the products.


Tertiary packaging is used for the protection, handling, and transportation of a large group of stock-keeping units (SKUs). This type of packaging ensures the safe transport of heavy loads and eases the process of loading and unloading at warehouses and transport vehicles. Pallets are the most widely used mode of tertiary packaging. These palletized goods are given several layers of protection to avoid damages during transportation, making them withstand unfavorable transport conditions.

Sustainable Plastic Packaging Market – By End-Use Sector

Based on the end-use sector, the sustainable plastic packaging market is segmented into food and beverages, personal care, healthcare, and other end-use sectors. The main purpose of packaging is to ensure the safe transport of goods and protection against contamination from environmental conditions. It additionally, serves the purpose of marketing through attractive designs.

Food and Beverages

The food and beverages industry is the major contributor to the sustainable plastic packaging market. The plastics used for foods and beverages have always been a matter of prime concern. Beyond the environmental impacts, major factors such as shelf life, barrier protection, and food safety are the important aspects that need to be taken care of while designing sustainable packaging solutions.

Currently, the packaging manufacturers are working toward reducing the use of single-use plastics for packaging food materials in order to improve overall sustainability. The food industry is expected to adopt a holistic approach toward waste management and is encouraged to reduce, reuse and recycle packaging materials throughout its value chain. The expectations of having high food quality with well-maintained hygiene standards and growing health awareness are the driving factors of the sustainable packaging market in the food and beverages industry.

Personal Care

Personal care packaging consists of rigid packaging materials such as bottles, plastic tubes, caps, closure, nozzle, and metal applicators. It also includes flexible packaging in the form of pouches. It is one of the major stakeholders in the sustainable plastic packaging market and the main contributor to unsustainable plastic packaging which takes several years to decompose. The extent is huge and leads to the release of high amounts of toxins in the environment.

Manufacturers are now taking initiatives to reduce plastic usage and shift to sustainable alternatives like polymers and rPETs. Stringent governmental norms of using disposable and bio-degradable materials are compelling manufacturers to adopt eco-friendly and sustainable packaging options. Essel Propack is one such company that has developed a 100% sustainable tube for personal care range products. It is expected that with the increasing popularity of male grooming products the packaging market will bloom in the personal care industry.


The healthcare and medical packaging consist of drug, blister, IV bags, tubing packaging, and diagnostic device packaging among others.  Rigorous tests are performed on medical packaging in order to establish safety and preserve integrity while strictly adhering to medical standards. Due to these reasons, it becomes challenging for the packaging manufacturers to address the sustainable packaging demands in the health care sector. Factors such as consumer awareness, and expansion of healthcare facilities are the driving factors of the sustainable packaging market in the healthcare industry.

Sustainable Plastic Packaging

Comparing 18 vendors in Sustainable Plastic Packaging across 90 criteria.


Uflex is a flexible packaging and packaging films provider, catering its services to FMCG, consumer product goods, pharmaceuticals, building materials, automobile and other industries. The company also offers solutions such as aseptic liquid packaging, engineering, cylinders, holography and chemicals. Uflex’s up to 100% PCR polymer content BOPET film reduces the carbon footprint largely and has significantly lower net energy needs as compared to virgin BOPET grades. The company’s innovative 4D bags are designed with stand ability and shelf prominence rigid with functionality of flexible packaging. Uflex is also focused on achieving sustainability goals by reducing plastic usage by 70% and replacing it with alternatives. It follows 4R approach to transform ‘Waste to Wealth’- Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Return to manage plastic waste stock.

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Sealed Air Corp. is one of the leading companies in the sustainable plastic packaging market. The company offers innovative food and protective packaging solutions among other packaging solutions. These products could reduce the total packaging cost, package size and weight and therefore reduce loss from damage. The company dedicatedly works on sustainability and has also created special laboratories known as Packaging Design Application Centres to demonstrate the unique quality of its products. Sealed Air is setting standards in the packaging industry through innovation in sustainability, automation, and digital technologies. The company's digital packaging technology leverages the potential of smart packaging technology and digital printing to create a transformative and connected package. Sealed Air is committed towards designing 100% recyclable or reusable packaging solutions and aims to eliminate waste by using an average of 50% recycled or renewable content into its business solutions.
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Berry Global is one of the leading companies in the sustainable plastic packaging market. The company offers its packaging services to several industries such as agriculture and horticulture, beauty and personal care, food, commercial and industrial supplies, healthcare, transportation and others. The company develops its products to achieve sustainability goals with recycled content, reduced carbon footprint, reuse, renewable material, and improved recyclability. The company has also introduced several new packaging solutions which are made up from 100% recycled plastic. Berry Global offers 25% PCR non-food black caps, closures and jars by using curbside-collected materials. The company also reduces the overall carbon footprint by incorporating light weight packaging solutions. Through its Impact 2025 strategy, the company aims to minimize the product impact by 100% through its fast-moving consumer packaging to be reusable, recyclable, or compostable by 2025.

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Amcor, one of the global leaders in packaging market, offers flexible packaging solutions to food, healthcare, home care, pet care, personal care, technical application and beverages industries. The company recently, launched its light weighting technology PowerPost. The technology delivers a bottle which is nearly one-third lighter, has 30% energy reduction and 30% carbon savings over the 600 ml bottles. The company has also developed a 100% recycled bottle which reduced the overall carbon footprint by 21%. The company is committed to make all its packaging solutions recyclable, reusable or compostable by 2025.

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Smurfit Kappa Group is one of the leading paper-based packaging company. It offers its expertise to several sectors including automotive, bakery, beverage packaging, food, industrial goods and others. In order to achieve sustainability, the company uses circular model, where the loop starts with using 100% renewable, recyclable, and biodegradable primary raw materials. It further uses organic by-products as biofuel, and reuses fibres separated by water-treatment in the paper-making process. Smurfit Kappa also employs techniques of advanced data analytics for packaging and across supply chains to determine its customer’s carbon footprint and reduce the overall impact.

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Mondi is a sustainable packaging and paper group which operates in four segments namely, Corrugated Packaging, Flexible Packaging, Engineered Materials and Uncoated Fine Paper. The company’s business is stretched across the entire value chain, which starts from managing the forests, to developing and manufacturing industrial and consumer packaging solutions. It manages the natural resources and collaborates across the value chain to support the low carbon target. Mondi employs the circulation technique to make the packaging and paper solutions reusable, recyclable or compostable and prevent the waste and has set out its action plan 2030 to achieve its sustainability goals.

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Huhtamaki is a global food packaging supplier serving the foodservice and food packaging industries. The company uses molded fiber and paperboard packaging for fresh food and drinks. Its Huhtamaki blueloop is a collaborative platform for making flexible packaging recyclable, circular and sustainable.  By using the recovered fiber as the main material, the company produces new packaging items such as egg trays, fruit trays, and wine bottle separators. It developed Chinet, a retail disposable tableware brand which is made from 100% pre-consumer recycled materials for its North American customers. Additionally, the company’s flexible packaging uses multilayer films and foils which makes it light and suitable for food packaging.

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Reynolds Packaging manufactures a wide range of packaging solutions ranging from bags and pouches, stand-up pouches, child safety packaging to eco-friendly compostable packaging to ensure sustainability. Reynolds converting technology combines complex blends of compostable polymers which are converted into flexible packaging which are compostable. The company’s new DUAL SEAL technology is the sustainable packaging solution. This technology is a sealing technology to protect and extend the product freshness inside the bags and pouches which are made with a 100% compostable film.

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Sonoco offers consumer, industrial, protective and healthcare packaging services. It caters its packaging solutions to automotive, beauty and personal care, construction, electronics and appliances, food and powdered beverage, healthcare, textiles and household sectors. The company’s EnviroServe, a flexible packaging solution uses 70% recycled content which reduced the plastic by 35%. Sonoco also produces lidding films for its container using Sonoco’s SmartSeal technology. The company also offers PaperBlister packaging, which is a completely recyclable, plastic-free alternative to traditional blister packaging. Sonoco’s 2030 sustainability commitments include reducing its absolute Scope 1 and 2 emissions at least 25%, reducing normalized energy use by at least 8% by in manufacturing plant amongst its other commitments.

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Innovia Films, a division of CCL Industries is a global manufacturer of speciality BOPP packaging & labelling solutions. The company specializes in Biaxially Oriented Polypropylene (BOPP), Bubble and Tenter technologies and Cast Polypropylene (CPP) films. Its product portfolio of polypropylene films consists of clear, white, cavitated and metallised films. Innovia Films has launched two BOPP film ranges which are recyclable namely, Propafilm Strata and Encore. While the Propafilm Strata is a high barrier mono filmic solution which aids in easier recycling, Encore films can be manufactured from renewable non-food based, or recycled raw materials. This results in lowering carbon footprint and reduced usage of fossil-based resources. The company has adopted the United Nations “Sustainable Development Goals” to improve its sustainability performance.

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NatureWorks is a leading biopolymers supplier based completely on natural resources. The company is jointly owned by PTT Global Chemical and Cargill. NatureWorks uses its technology to convert greenhouse gases into a portfolio of polylactic acid (PLA) performance materials called Ingeo. It uses plants like corn, cassava, sugar cane, or beets. The company’s R&D team is researching the usage of microorganisms instead of using plants. NatureWorks’s flexible packaging solutions span multiple industries which include, food service ware, health and personal care, durable products in the home, appliance, and electronic categories, and 3D printing filament.

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Gerresheimer offers packaging solutions for pharmaceutical, cosmetic packaging, and drug delivery devices. The company uses various blends of recycled PET (rPET) and ocean-bound plastic for its cosmetic packaging range. The company also offers glass packaging solutions for which the Gerresheimer has developed sustainable glass production technology to build a glass melting furnace for white glass, resulting in lower CO2 emissions. The company is dedicatedly working toward developing more intelligent solutions for its applications.

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EPL is a global packaging company that produces laminated plastic tubes. The company caters its services to FMCG and pharma industries. The product portfolio consists of laminates, laminated tubes, extruded tubes, caps and closures, and dispensing systems. The company uses High-Density Poly Ethylene (HDPE) for making fully sustainable and completely recyclable tubes.  EPL also develops eco-friendly and recyclable barrier laminated tubes with >50% biogenic carbon content. It offers proprietary oxygen barrier-coated core layer to replace the EVOH tubes.

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EarthFirst is one of the leading producers of biopolymer packaging films. The company’s products include non-barrier sealant film, barrier sealant film, print web, flow wrap, shrink label, and specialty non-barrier film. These products span multiple categories such as food, beverage, quick-serve restaurants, and other consumer packaged goods (CPG) and industrial market segments. The sealant films offered by EarthFirst are greenhouse gas favorable and compost into safe, natural, and organic substances. In 2021, the company announced the successful completion of the commercial run of PHA (Polyhydroxyalkanoate) home compostable packaging film.

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Genpak is the leading company in the food packaging industry. The company uses P.E.T. plastic and polypropylene which are curbside recyclable plastic material and is used to manufacture its food packaging products. Genpak offers products that are recyclable and compostable. The company’s Harvest is an eco-friendly food container line, that is made from natural plant-based materials such as fiber, paper, and bagasse. Another solution GenZero is a plant-based, non-fossil fuel container which is made using Nodax PHA.

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Novamont offers bioplastics for applications such as carrier bags, food packaging, agriculture, food services, and organic waste collection. It develops and uses MATER-BI a biodegradable and compostable bioplastic material made from its proprietary technologies using starches, cellulose, vegetable oils, and their combinations. This material offers the characteristics of traditional plastics and is also biodegradable and compostable and improves the overall sustainability. The company also develops bio-lubricants and bio-based ingredients.

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Phoenix Technologies is one of the leading manufacturers of recycled polyethylene terephthalate (rPET). The company develops pellets using its patented technologies in combination with its proprietary blending methods and fine mesh melt filtration systems. Phoenix uses post-consumer PET flake which is recovered from bottles found in the curbside collection bins or from the recycling centers. These products include Food Grade LNO pellets and General Purpose Grade NLP pellets.

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Tetra Laval is one of the leading food processing and packaging solutions companies. Its Sidel division is responsible for packaging solutions for beverages, food, home, and personal care products in PET, cans, glass, and other materials food packaging. It delivers equipment and services for primary, secondary, and tertiary packaging. Sidel introduced its “Aseptic Predis X4”, its new integrated blow-fill-cap solution with “Predis” dry preform sterilization. This aseptic technology ensures efficient use of resources for aseptic bottling and helps in lowering the CO2 footprint. Sidel also supports its customers in reducing their GHG emissions, by helping them convert their packaging to recycled PET (rPET).

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Sustainable packaging is defined as the procurement, development, and usage of packaging solutions with a low environmental impact. Simply, sustainable packaging is environmentally benign and does not contribute to additional natural resource depletion.
Recyclable materials, such as PET or HDPE plastic, cardboard, and paper wrappings, are used in environmentally friendly packaging. Once properly separated for recycling, these materials can be shredded, pulped, or melted down and remoulded as raw material for new packaging or other purposes. Plastics, on the other hand, degrade each time their polymer chains are broken down (or melted), and can only be recycled so many times before being thrown away or burnt.
Reusable plastic packaging is frequently the most environmentally friendly alternative. This can be accomplished through minimising damage, lowering raw material use, extending product life, and reducing carbon emissions through efficient transportation.
Sustainable plastic packaging is made of glass, plastic, metal, and paper.
Bioplastics are an upgrade over typical petroleum-based plastics since they are made entirely of biological resources such as sugar, corn, and vegetable oil. PHA (polyhydroxyalkanoates), PLA (polylactic acid), and acetate are popular varieties that can function as well as many classic plastics.
From $80 billion in 2020 to $127.50 billion by 2028, the worldwide sustainable plastic packaging industry is predicted to grow at a CAGR of 6.0 percent. Plastic used for packaging, particularly across various industries, has been a major source of worry due to its involvement in generating packaging-related waste, increasing pollution, and contributing to climate change.
The following are some of the major participants in the market for sustainable plastic packaging: Amcor PLC, Sonoco Products Company, Sealed Air Corporation, Huhtamaki OYJ, and Berry Global Inc., Bemis Company Inc., Mondi, WestRock Company, Tetra Laval International SA., BASF SE, Smurfit Kappa, Gerresheimer AG, Ardagh Group S.A., BALL CORPORATION, DS Smith, Crown Holdings, International Paper, Genpack LLC, Reynolds, Uflex Ltd., DuPont, and Evergreen Packaging LLC.
Plastics have an excellent environmental record. Plastics account for only 4% of global oil production and need far less energy to manufacture than other materials. Plastics are strong but light, saving weight in automobiles, aircraft, packaging, and pipes.
Recycled plastics are typically of inferior quality and have less strength than new plastics. Products created from biodegradable plastics sourced from plant sources or loaded with oxygen and other compounds to allow them to degrade in the environment are increasingly being sold to customers.
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