Packaging trends are focused on circularity

The study of Packing Compass: An Assessment of US Packaging Design Trends Over the Next Decade and Implications for the Future of the Circular Packaging System Packaging and Processing Technology Association (PMMI), identifies key design trends and packaging materials and its implications in legislation.

The report aims to bridge the gap between design and recovery needs by stimulating conversations about trends, presenting forecasts for the next decade and recognizing the role of multiple stakeholders in progress circular packaging system.

Also, it is pointed out that considering the awareness of consumers about the impact of packaging on the environment, the packaging industry tries to reduce its waste and emissions.

The packaging industry in Mexico

In Mexico systems circular packaging and sustainability are common and relevant topics in the consumer goods (CPG) industry, according to the report “PMMI Vision 2030: Packaging Machinery Market and Trends in Mexico 2023

However, the change is currently being pushed through a legislative initiative for enactment General law on packaging and containers. Which regulates the production, import and trade of packaged products for the consumer. As well as its collection, recycling, reuse or final disposal.

The aforementioned law aims to promote the use of biodegradable or recyclable materials and to minimize the use of plastics or materials that affect the environment. In addition, CPGs are required to take responsibility for the waste of their products and their impact on the environment.

Although this law is still awaiting approval, the states of Durango, Michoacán, Quintana Roo and Zacatecas have already issued laws prohibiting the use of certain packaging materials. Mostly non-biodegradable plastics, which means more likely that the Federal Act will be approved and put into effect in the short term.

Compostable packaging or recycled materials are trends in the packaging industry in the next decade. Photo: Freepik

Implications for a more circular packaging system

Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR). It transfers financial and operational responsibility for managing the useful life cycle of products to manufacturers. Instead of taxpayers and the state.
Universal access. Its goal is to provide households with easy and constant access to recycling and composting services.
Standardized definitions. Have clear definitions of recycling, composting and other recovery terms to reduce confusion among consumers.
Prohibition of material. Move from banning materials to dialogues about how best to collect, sort and recycle to reduce environmental impact.
Innovation. Plan federal investments in programs that uncover new science and data. This increases efficiency in packaging design and waste management.
Data collection. Encourage consistent data collection to measure and benchmark the impact of the circular economy of packaging.
Infrastructure. Promote a collaborative strategy to foster innovation and, at the same time, plan for the development of new system infrastructure for reuse/recovery.

Products that are designed with circular packaging in mind have several advantages. Photo: Freepik

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