In a new report by SPRING, ‘Recover’ is called the “New Third ‘R’”, replacing ‘recycling’ in the typical ‘Reduce, Reuse, Recycle’ triad of waste management. The conclusion of the report emphasises the importance of using a diverse range of approaches to sustainable packaging development.
November 24, 2021
In a new report presented by SPRING (a packaging-focused, cross-value chain thinktank), a novel approach to the much-talked-about issue of sustainability in packaging is discussed including some practical solutions.
As per the views shared in the report, the overarching goals of sustainable packaging, irrespective of geographical location or place in the value chain, should be – reduce greenhouse gas generation, enhance resource conservation, and minimise toxicity and contaminants. While the SPRING report acknowledges that there isn’t any ‘one-size-fits-all’ solution, it contends that these key principles should guide companies towards continual progress, rather than a fixed, ‘perfect’ endpoint.
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Notably, the research highlights four core strategies for reaching these overarching goals. SPRING has called ‘Recover’ as the “New Third ‘R’”, replacing ‘recycling’ in the typical ‘Reduce, Reuse, Recycle’ triad of waste management.
In the report, packaging materials like cardboard, mixed paper, aluminium, steel, PET, and HDPE are some materials that can be subjected to mechanical recycling, which includes a 25 percent post-consumer recycling rate and 60 percent availability of local collection resources in the USA.
In the conclusion of the report, the importance of using a diverse range of approaches to sustainable packaging development is further emphasised, which is defined as a complex process that “requires top-down involvement, focus, and leadership”.