Unwrapped: Plastic Packaging Matters

The plastic packaging sector continues to have a strong focus on sustainability, with companies and industry groups committing to environmental protection pledges, and governments presenting regulations focused on managing plastic and plastic waste.

This report covers the latest trends and developments in plastic packaging and recycling, including the following topics:

 • Trends: The current economic reality and highly inflationary environment have led consumers to look for affordability. Also, the ‘on-the-go lifestyle’ has increased the demand for convenience and practicality, leading to smaller-sized products and meals that can be consumed on the go.

• End of Life: There are viable options for end-of-life scenarios for plastic packaging once it reaches the consumers’ recycling bin, such as advanced recycling, or compostable and biodegradable plastics.

• Legislation: The US and the EU have made commitments to manage plastic packaging and plastic packaging waste and to achieve circularity.

• Industry spotlight: Some recent investments and partnerships in advanced recycling are likely to improve post-consumer recycled content.