In this Packaging 360 Leadership
Never in our lifetime, the world has witnessed such a calamity as that caused by the pandemic, due to the lethal corona virus. Its reach has been unlimited and spread across almost all geographical regions of earth causing severe devastation, such that millions of people have got impacted, many have succumbed to the disease. Governments in most countries had no alternative but to declare lockdowns to stem the progress of this deadly virus and save precious lives of their citizens.
In the last couple of decades consumerism has increased at an alarming pace and so has the quantum of waste; which has led to serious waste management issues. Reuse of materials and waste utilization is not widely prevalent in the production-consumption cycle.
Every year, between June to September, South Asia encounters extremely heavy rainfall. Rainfall turns into a downpour and leads to a flood situation. Monsoon does not appear out of the blue; pre-monsoon showers heighten the arrival of monsoon, which welcomes moisture in the air.
Market conditions are driving up the cost of many raw materials and manufacturers continue to
face cascading supply chain challenges that have plagued the industry throughout the pandemic:
shortages, bottlenecks, logistical concerns and escalating oil prices have been pushing up prices of
raw materials used in the production of laminating adhesives for flexible packaging.
The last 12 months saw a considerable increase in e-commerce, driven by the global pandemic with many retail commentators believing this is an irreversible behavioural shift.
The Global Aluminium Foil Roller Initiative (GLAFRI) organised the first”Alufoil Sorting and Recycling Webinar“ recently, focussing on thin aluminium foil based laminates. With more than 130 participants from the whole supply chain from Asia incl. India, Europe, Middle East, North and South America, and South Africa the coverage was beyond expectations.
A recent Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) study has provided significant evidence on the environmental advantages of flexible packaging in almost all environmental impact categories, including carbon footprint. This study provides valuable scientific insights into the impact of multi-material flexible pouches in comparison to other commonly used packaging formats.
Botta Packaging has conceived a new innovative and sustainable packaging solution, the Eco-Envelopes, to substitute the currently used plastic air bubble bags with grocery home deliveries. During these unprecedented times in this global pandemic and higher use of single-use plastic, Eco-envelope serves as a more sustainable alternative.
We have been practicing biomimicry to get inspired by nature for packaging solutions and this has made the packaging industry more sustainable as the ecosystem. Derived from the Latin bios meaning organic life, and mimesis meaning to imitate, biomimicry is the study of gaining design inspiration from natural processes to solve human problems.