SUSTAINABLE PACKAGING TRENDS TO LOOK FOR IN 2023
Sustainable packaging is becoming increasingly important as consumers demand more environmentally-friendly products. In 2023, we can expect to see a variety of new sustainable packaging trends emerge. This blog post will explore the latest trends in sustainable packaging, including statistics and insights from industry experts.
BIODEGRADABLE AND COMPOSTABLE MATERIALS
According to Golden West Packaging, biodegradable and compostable materials are expected to become increasingly popular in 2023. These materials break down quickly in the environment, reducing the amount of waste in landfills. Resource Label reports that compostable packaging is expected to grow at a CAGR of 15.3% between 2021 and 2028.
Recyclable packaging is another trend that is gaining momentum. Brown Packaging notes that in 2023, we can expect to see more companies using recyclable materials like paper and cardboard for their packaging. This is good news, considering that only 9% of plastic is recycled globally. By using recyclable materials, companies can reduce their environmental impact while also meeting consumer demand for sustainable products. Here at Felins, an example of recyclable packaging is our banding material. Felins helps companies looking for recyclable packaging with our new TRUE PAPER material and by providing the banding machinery and packaging equipment.
Another trend to watch in 2023 is reusable packaging. According to Golden West Packaging, more and more companies are exploring ways to use packaging that can be reused multiple times. This can help reduce waste and improve sustainability. Resource Label reports that reusable packaging is expected to grow at a CAGR (Compound Annual Growth Rate) of 6.8% between 2021 and 2028. A clothing company called Zara uses recycled paper packaging. They do this to enforce 100% elimination of single use customer plastics.
Minimalist packaging is also becoming increasingly popular. Brown Packaging notes that in 2023, we can expect to see more companies using packaging that is simple and streamlined, with fewer materials and less waste. This can help reduce environmental impact and improve sustainability. An example of minimalist packaging usage is Apple. A simple white box with metallic fonts grabs consumers attention. It is minimal yet visually appealing.
Finally, plant-based packaging is expected to be a major trend in 2023. According to Resource Label, plant-based packaging is expected to grow at a CAGR of 8.8% between 2021 and 2028. This type of packaging uses materials like cornstarch, sugarcane, and bamboo to create eco-friendly packaging that is biodegradable and compostable. Plant-based packaging is extremely popular in the food and beverage industry, most specifically in restaurant and carry-out places. Many restaurants are switching from Styrofoam take-out containers to plant-based sugarcane containers.
In 2023, we can expect to see a variety of new sustainable packaging trends emerge. Biodegradable and compostable materials, recyclable packaging, reusable packaging, minimalist packaging, and plant-based packaging are all expected to gain traction. As more companies adopt sustainable packaging practices, we can hope to see a reduction in waste and an improvement in environmental sustainability. By staying on top of these trends, businesses can meet consumer demand for eco-friendly products while also reducing their environmental impact.
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