Ban on single use plastic spells change for packaging industry

Collection of plastic food packaging containers

In October 2018, the European Parliament voted in favour of a blanket ban on single-use plastics, including packaging.

The move was in a bid to tackle the problem that is causing significant damage to oceans.

The bill, which was introduced by the Member of the European Parliament (MEP) Frederique Ries, was passed by 571-53 votes.

The introduction and the passage of the bill come after the European Commission proposed a ban in May. In early October, the UK Government launched a consultation on banning the distribution and sale of plastic straws, drinks stirrers and cotton buds.

So what does this mean for suppliers?

Multinational giants from the consumer goods industry have pledged to ensure all plastic packaging be either recyclable or compostable by 2025 through plastic reduction strategies.

Subsequently, packaging suppliers will have to develop sustainable and functional remedies to the packaging solutions that previously utilised plastics. The difficulty will be in finding alternative solutions which mimic the durability properties of plastic in an environmentally supportive way.

Imerys Kaolin has long been an expert in the production of kaolin solutions for compostable packaging. Our products offer barrier solutions to paper and card which protect against oil and grease, moisture vapour and mineral oil, improving the mechanical properties of paper and card packaging. We are able to offer a customised, cost-effective, environmentally sustainable and optimum solution for barrier coating to meet specific performance requirements.

To find out more about Imerys Kaolin’s barrier solutions, visit our applications pages, or contact us to speak to an expert to find out more.


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Published on: Oct 18, 2017

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