PITA (Paper International Technology Association) has published a new whitepaper by Aquapak Polymers that explores how recyclability can be designed into fibre-based packaging using commercially available, fully soluble bio-digestible barrier materials.
Key findings highlighted by the whitepaper
- There is a need to focus on existing solutions to recycling and using established infrastructure more effectively.
- The industry needs to change materials but still provide completely functional packaging in terms of product protection, safety, and ease of use.
- Packaging needs to be recognisable to the consumer as recyclable and accepted by collection schemes.
- There needs to be value/financial incentive for the waste industry – it needs to be easy to separate and then sold to paper mills who can then claim 100% of the fibre back, completing the circular economy.