The primary and secondary packaging has been the subject of numerous debates and discussions about the short life cycle. At the same time, however, we recognize the fundamental and strategic role of protection and conservation of the products we use daily.
Companies, Consortia and designers are committed every day to make more sustainable packaging, reducing size, amount of material used and promoting recycling process at end of life.
In recent years we have seen the development of a new concept of sustainability, which places particular importance to the choice of material used in relation to environmental impact: life cycle assessment of product, optimization of materials, reuse and recycling.
For this reason, in addition to the most common recycled materials (such as paper, aluminum, glass, steel, …), we can find a new generation of packaging that use natural materials such as beeswax, potato starch, the wood fiber or coffee as alternatively or in combination to traditional materials or with other innovative materials.
Thanks to materials from renewable sources there are new end of life packaging scenarios, which provide, in addition to the concept of recycling, also biodegradability and compostability, not only with bio-plastics.
The report Sustainable Products: PACKAGING 2015, presents 60 international examples of innovative packaging analyzing the different aspects of environmental sustainability that characterize them. The report is a tool to know the market trends of packaging sector and sustainable materials used.
Since 2002 Matrec is a consulting company on the issues of environmental sustainability of materials, products, and market trends.
Thanks to an international observatory and the cooperation with companies, Universities and Research Centers, daily information is collected and selected on materials and eco-innovation.
The consultancy is divided into several strategic actions to meet the needs of business.