The world population will continue to grow in the 21st century to become nine billion by 2050. The need for new sustainable products and materials will grow with it as well. This asks for an efficient way of using and re-using materials. Brightlands Materials Center will take up this responsibility and dedicate its research and development programs and other activities to a sustainable society.Continue reading “Brightlands Materials Center is partner of the Packaging Design 4 Sustainability Conference”
The debate about sustainable packaging is heating up. What are the best choices? Which concepts are the most sustainable and why? In many cases the obvious choice turns out to be more harmful to the environment than the less obvious choice.
As supplier of raw materials for multilayer barrier packaging, but also additives for reccyling of (mixed) plastic waste, we have a quite good view of possibilities to deal with packaging waste in a sustainable waste.Continue reading “Recycling of multilayer packaging – Views and tips from a raw material supplier”
The circularity of multilayer films has been a challenge to recyclers and film manufacturers. Different solutions are proposed, each of which has its pros and cons. Design for recycling is a good candidate to close the loop in the packaging value chain. However, comparing to modern recycling technologies, a question will arise : novel recycling technologies vs design for recycling, which one is more sustainable. Within our expertise in TNO, we have conducted extensive research on recycling of multilayer packaging using dissolution as well as novel mechanical recycling methods.Continue reading “Circularity of multilayer films: novel recycling technologies vs design for recycling”
This presentation will discuss the sustainability of packaging applications from a Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) point of view.
A presentation by Pouya Samani, Assistant Professor, Aachen-Maastricht Institute for Biobased Materials (AMIBM), Maastricht UnviersityContinue reading “Don’t leave your package unattended: Sustainable packaging from an LCA point of view”
presentation by Kévin Le Blévennec, VITO, at Online Packaging Design 4 Sustainability Conference (10 November 2020, 12:00 – 16:00 CET). REGISTER HERE to attend.
Recent VITO research results on 1) the quality of collected packaging waste, 2) a comprehensive review on the progressive integration of material efficiency requirements within EU sustainable product policy framework, or 3) on the role of digital technologies for enhancing waste management activities, can only reinforce this need to integrate holistic approaches connecting different product life-cycle stages and stakeholders at an early design & development phases.Continue reading “Design 4 the circular economy: let’s rethink our brake 4 packaging sustainability”
duo presentation by An Vossen, Executive Manager, PLAREBEL vzw/asbl, Belgian Catalyst for the Circular Plastic Value Chain & Gian De Belder, Technical Director Packaging Sustainability, Procter & Gamble at Online Packaging Design 4 Sustainability Conference (10 November 2020, 12:00 – 16:00 CET). REGISTER HERE to attend.Continue reading “Digital Watermarks Initiative HolyGrail 2.0 – Revolutionizing Sorting and Recycling by Intelligent Packaging Containing Digital Watermarks”
presentation by Yvonne van der Meer, Scientific co-director Aachen Maastricht Institute for Biobased Materials, Professor Sustainability of Chemicals and Materials, Maastricht University, at Online Packaging Design 4 Sustainability Conference (10 November 2020, 12:00 – 16:00 CET). REGISTER HERE to attend
Public concerns on the burden plastic packaging poses on the environment have induced policies to reduce single use plastics and to improve plastic waste management. This development is driving innovation in plastic packaging, e.g. by enhancing recyclability or increasing recycled content. To answer the question which innovations or solutions are favorable from an environmental point of view, Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) is a valuable tool.Continue reading “Life Cycle Assessment to evaluate sustainability of packaging”
by Marnix van Gurp, Managing Director, Brightlands Materials Center
Although PET bottles are already reasonably well recycled, the recycling rates for PET trays are virtually zero. Among a number of different reasons why this is the case, the design of the trays plays an important role. The waste fraction of PET trays contains a considerable amount of other polymers than PET, in particular due to the lidding films which consist in many cases of multimaterial laminates.Continue reading “Challenges of PET Trays Recycling”
by Dennis van den Beuken, GBO
GBO is a full-service design agency that is at the forefront of innovation to achieve success for entrepreneurial clients. Founded in 1990 and rooted in product development, we have grown into a full-service design agency that focuses on the entire product development spectrum, including sustainable products.
Sustainable design has been discussed during projects for years. However if we want to be in the lead of this matter, we still highly depend on external factors. During this presentation I would like to show you some of these factors based on client cases.Continue reading “Sustainable design driven by external factors”
by Karen van de Stadt, Packaging Expert, Netherlands Institute for Sustainable Packaging
How to design your packaging now and in the future? What boundaries are in place at the moment and which possibilities are there in the future? Looking at the publication ‘The state of sustainable packaging’ and the innovation tracks that the KIDV describes in there, what can you do with your packaging to move forward.Continue reading “Packaging sustainability in three tracks”