Bioplastics for Packaging – More Sustainable than Plastic?

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It is one of the big trends in our society: if it can’t be entirely “organic”, these days merchandise –especially foods – should at least come from sustainable production. Consumers ask more often for these products, which is why retail also offers them more and more. But the demand for sustainability doesn’t end with the merchandise: packaging is also following this trend.

Interview with Winfried Batzke, Managing Director, German Packaging Institute (Deutsches Verpackungsinstitut e.V.)

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During the past few years the use and applications of bioplastics have steadily increased from 180,000 tons in 2008 to 724,000 tons in 2010. The trade association European Bioplastics estimates that in the year 2015 worldwide 1.7 million tons will be produced. Bioplastics are regarded as the salvation of the packaging industry, but they still eke out a niche existence despite promising beginnings. In our interview, Winfried Batzke, Managing Director of the German Packaging Institute, points out strengths and weaknesses of bioplastics.

Interview with Michael Kassig, JPack

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These days, environmental awareness is no longer a fringe phenomenon in society. The majority of consumers attach great importance on the sustainable production of foods as well as its packaging. Retail has to respond to this trend. In our interview, Michael Kassig of Packidee, the German affiliate of the Italian company JPack, explains what is important these days when it comes to packaging fresh foods and what trends will dominate the next few years.