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Recycle or reuse? The packaging dilemma at the European PPWR challenge 

It is spelled PPWR, it reads Packaging & Packaging Waste Regulation. And we can summarize it like this: “Recycling is good, but it is not enough to reach the green targets we set ourselves in the EU. Consequently, the strategy of organizations and companies needs to shift towards reusable, rather than recyclable, packaging.”  A concept […]

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Innovation and research in packaging

Innovation and research in packaging are essential to respond to market needs and to guarantee the sustainability of the supply chain, as also required by the most recent European regulations. These are not the usual catchphrases: we are facing a turning point in the packaging sector, which requires us to rethink many of the paradigms that have

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Sustainability in packaging: where are we?

On the Open Day 2023 we discussed sustainability – a hot and increasingly important topic. Packaging plays a crucial role in our modern society. Every day, we are surrounded by products packaged in various materials, but we rarely stop to consider the environmental impact of these choices. However, in recent years, sustainability in packaging has

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Environmental labeling for packaging: the new regulations and market scenarios

New year, new rules: on January 1, 2023, environmental labeling of packaging officially became mandatory in Italy as well. A change that opens new interesting scenarios for the packaging sector and those who work in it, but also for all the realities of large-scale retail trade.  Let’s try to better analyze what it is about

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Tubettificio Favia becomes Tubettificio Perfektüp

More than 9 months have passed since the acquisition of Tubettificio Favia by Perfektüp. A dense and significant period, which has led the historic Lombard company to integrate seamlessly within the Bell Holding group. The official “debut” took place during the last edition of CphI in Frankfurt, which saw the joint pto announce another, significant

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Greenwashing and aluminum: let’s get some clarity

You hear us say it often: we are proud to be specialists in aluminum packaging. It is a material that can truly be called environmentally friendly because it can be 100 % and infinitely recycled with 95 % less energy consumption than production of raw material.  However, recently there have been several scandals highlighting greenwashing

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Less is more: why consumers demand less packaging

Choosing “lean” packaging is not only an environmentally sustainable choice: it is also a way to respond to a real market demand. This is confirmed by a recent research conducted by the Italian company DS Smith and taken up by Packaging Europe magazine (original article here). The project involved about 2 thousand UK citizens. The

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Eco-friendly packaging rush by 2025: maybe a too ambitious goal?

Year 2025 is scaring brands and manufacturers all over the world. And this time the cause is not the pandemic, or rather, not directly. It is a year that should represent the definitive stop to all packaging, especially single-use packaging, made of non-recyclable materials.  Many countries have already introduced plastic bans, including Australia, which last

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Alternatives to single-use plastics: aluminium tubes for sustainability and innovation

Here we go: EU Directive 2019/904 of 5 June 2019 – also known as Single Use Plastic (SUP) – came into force a few days ago.    Its aim is to reduce or ban the production (and therefore the sale) of the 10 most frequently found single-use plastic products on European beaches and seas.    The ban, however, covers a limited range of products, i.e. those that offer a sustainable alternative on the market: plates and cups, straws, cocktail stirrers, cotton swabs, polystyrene food and drink containers.    Manufacturers are asked to invest – and quickly – in alternatives to single-use plastics that not only meet sustainability requirements but also satisfy an increasingly aware consumer with new needs.  Fighting useless plastics, not manufacturers. The EU’s SUP Directive has caused some controversy. Packaging and disposable product manufacturers have voiced their disapproval: the ban would mean a huge number of lost jobs.    This directive would also apply to products made from a mix of different materials, such as paper cups with thin plastic coatings.    And manufacturers are now in turmoil.  However,

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Biodegradable, compostable, recyclable, recycled: the features of sustainable packaging.

Packaging materials became more important with the outbreak of the pandemic.    Not that it hadn’t been discussed before, of course. But it is clear that the Covid era has reaffirmed the need to take care of the environment by adopting alternative solutions with the lowest impact possible.   The motto ‘reduce, reuse and recycle‘ has long been emphasised, and we are all aware of it and try to apply it as much as possible. However, the our planet’s health has been seriously compromised by decades of indiscriminate – and in

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