Identifying packaging options to meet both functional and sustainability needs


Our client wanted to use paper packaging that
was fully recyclable but that also met their
specific functional requirements, in terms of
its barrier and sealing properties.

The project story:

We proposed several strategies with the potential to meet our
client’s functional criteria and technologies were identified across
numerous industries that would fit these strategies. Interviews were
then undertaken with paper packaging technology developers to
better understand these options. We assessed the options available,
including how they could be combined to achieve the required
functional properties.

Paper recycling requirements in different countries were explored
in parallel, including interviews with recyclers, to establish and
evaluate the requirements and constraints of existing paper recycling
processes. This gave a set of country specific criteria which would
need to be met for the packaging to be recyclable in practice.
Potential technologies were evaluated against the recycling criteria.

Results: deliverables and outcomes

We made recommendations on the best technical solutions for
different regions and how to implement them, so that the packaging
could be recycled in practice as well as in theory.

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