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PackForward is also a European knowledge base for sustainable packaging. The knowledge is classified according to main themes and sub-themes by using five perspectives on sustainable packaging. Per subject you will find the necessary background information, an international overview of publications, tips, guidelines and practical examples that should help you move forward.

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In general, biodegradable packaging materials can be broken down in industrial composting facilities if these meet the requirements of the EN 13432 standard. Contrary to popular belief, biodegradable plastics cannot currently be broken down in the natural environment. The breakdown process of biodegradeble plastic is largely dependent on the environment: temperature, the presence of microorganisms, the presence of oxygen and water. So, when biodegradable plastic ends up in the sea, it does not decay by itself.

 

More information about biodegradeble plastics can be found here.


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One of the potential solutions to make packaging more sustainable is to switch from single use to reuse. Reusable packaging has the potential to reduce the environmental impact of packaging. However, with the exception of a number of packaging types, reuse is still in its infancy. One of the challenges is to assure food safety and good hygiene of reused packaging.

More information about reusable packaging can be found here.


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Over the past decades, material innovations have led to a wide diversity in plastic types and combinations. These different plastics each have their own functionalities and properties. However, these materials are often difficult to recycle, such as laminate packaging. It is important that the product is sufficiently protected by the packaging, in which case functionality comes first. In addition, it is also important to take the recyclability of packaging into account in the design.


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