“Consumers must commit to ecological packaging”


CATEGORY: Sustainability and environment BRAND: Fraunhofer Institute for Process Engineering and Packaging (IVV)

We spoke with Sven Sängerlaub, Business Development Manager Packaging at the Fraunhofer Institute for Process Engineering and Packaging (IVV), about the part played by packaging design in improving the recyclability of plastic packaging.

Plastic packaging has a lower rate of recycling than other materials. More needs to be done to ensure that even more plastic packaging can be recycled.



Where do you currently see the greatest movement in sustainable packaging design?

Sven Sängerlaub: The revised Packaging Act provides an important stimulus for packaging design. This specifies higher recycling rates for plastic packaging, which will rise to 63 percent by 2022. There is also increased environmental awareness among consumers and businesses. This is why manufacturers are dealing in greater depth with the subject of eco design, and looking at how they can structure their packaging to make it more recyclable. This includes developing packaging whose components or individual layers are easier to separate during the recycling process.


What kind of packaging are we talking about in this case?

Sven Sängerlaub: One example is sleeves or shrink labels, which are easy to separate from the packaging. Another option is...MORE ON

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