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Do you keep up-to-date with all the new environmental requirements relating to packaging?

There's a lot going on when it comes to packaging. New initiatives are springing up, with both authorities and the industry playing active roles. These initiatives affect the way packaging needs to be designed if it is to be accepted in the international market.

The Miljöpack Trade and industry group monitors new rules that are being drawn up both in Sweden and internationally.

Miljöpack carries out external monitoring through active involvement in development projects and through its network of contacts, which includes both Swedish authorities and global players. This provides the opportunity for influence and proactive action. Information is gathered and various actions are discussed between members, which include global companies such as IKEA and Ericsson. Swedish companies coming together in this way to monitor developments within packaging provides an international advantage that all members can benefit from.

The following are examples of current initiatives monitored by Miljöpack:

ISO: New global packaging and environmental standards are being drawn up. These are based on European packaging standards.

GPPS (Global Protocol on Packaging Sustainability): The protocol aims to reach a consensus on how packaging can contribute towards sustainability, and to devise indicators for ensuring measurability. It was developed by global companies such as Tesco, Wal-Mart, Unilever, Procter & Gamble and Coca-Cola.

The Essential Requirements: The European Commission is currently working towards member states emforcing the EU Packaging Directive to a greater extent, particularly the rules on packaging construction – the Essential Requirements.

Preventing waste: Based on an EU initiative, member states are now developing strategies to prevent waste.

Carbon footprint: A number of retail chains and companies have set targets to reduce their carbon dioxide emissions. Various systems for labelling packaging have been discussed.

Food waste: Food waste is a highly topical environmental issue, both in Sweden and within the EU, which affects packaging.


Cathrine Löfgren
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