A global Packaging Design for Recycling Guide has been developed by ECR Community, the World Packaging Organisation (WPO) and FH Campus University of Applied Sciences, Austria and is available for download.
The government has sought public comments on the Draft Bill to declare the Indian Institute of Packaging (IIP) as an Institution of National Importance (INI) that would let it develop and conduct courses for graduate and post-graduate degrees, and post-doctoral courses, and undertake research on international marketing in packaging.
The food industry wants the label to be a guideline informing the consumer about the quantity of salt, sugar, sodium and fats in the packet without giving a health warning, saying that the aim should be to enable consumers to make an informed decision and not discourage consumption of packaged food.
Recent innovative packaging developments have predominantly revolved around different aspects of sustainability, such as recyclability, biodegradability, compostability, refillability, reusability and the use of biosourced materials or raw materials derived from renewable resources. These trends are being pushed by multiple drivers, starting with individual consumers being more eco-conscious, along with brands wanting to be more forward thinking and focusing on the 3 R’s (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle).
Elcoflex Ltd, based in Finland, an AIPIA member manufacturing copper based RFID antennas, has developed a new low-cost Smart Label concept based on a printed battery and readily available RFID chips. Current Smart Sensors use an embedded microprocessor system for analogue signal processing which, says the company, leads to a higher unit price.