What is sustainability? Let’s start discussing this concept first. Sustainability can be defined as satisfying our existing needs while avoiding risking the needs of future generations.
Today, increasing population, technological developments, elevated demand, and needs of people cause an increase in production and consumption and consequent damage to natural resources due to environmental pollution.
The rapid and changing nature of consumption has also enabled the packaging industry to grow and gain more importance. Therefore, packaging manufacturers need to develop environment-friendly products while keeping up with the changes in consumption habits and thrive to protect the future and contribute to sustainable production.
Sustainable Packaging Designs and Their Importance
Packages are to protect the freshness, quality, and smell of products they include, and now, they have to undertake another important role of protecting the environment, and therefore, the future. Today, the degree of global environmental pollution leads consumers to be aware of the problem and prefer brands that provide sustainable packaging.
Manufacturers must have high-tech standards and a strong R&D department for sustainable packaging design as it is important to manufacture packages from materials that are not only robust enough to protect products they include but also light enough to be recycled or decomposed without harming nature.
A package manufactured from sugar cane, also known as edible polyethylene, instead of using an environmentally hazardous petroleum-based PE film, is a very good example of sustainable packaging design. The reason is that sugar cane, a renewable resource, protects the environment by consuming CO2 in the air instead of releasing CO2 like petroleum.
Environment-Friendly Packaging Models
Here are some of the advantages of using recyclable materials in environment-friendly packaging designs: it reduces water use and storage waste, does not cause air pollution, prevents greenhouse gas emission, and does not risk human health. Moreover, thanks to the reduction in materials used for packaging, less energy is required, thereby providing a more economical production.
SESA, known for its expertise in high-barrier flexible packaging solutions, is an important manufacturer that has surpassed global players with the success of introducing single polymer materials in different forms and attracts attention with its environment-friendly packaging models.
Polyethylene (PE), an important cost-effective material that can be easily obtained and recycled, is easily flexible due to its low melting point, making it a material hard to shape and imprint as a mono-material solution. However, SESA has developed its own PE film, which is more durable than a common PE, with robust R&D works, and has succeeded in providing a stable production with this sensitive material.
Another example of an environment-friendly packaging model is packages decomposed into minerals enriching the soil after a certain period at a certain degree of humidity and temperature. These compostable packages can be manufactured as cellulose and PLA-based multi-layer structures with metalized and paper alternatives.