Sustainable Packaging Grows to One-Third of Global Market

Sustainable packaging will grow to 32% of the total global market by the end of this year, according to a study by Pike Research. “Green” packaging is produced from sustainable, renewable, and recyclable raw materials, including paper, plastic, metal and glass. It is lightweight and/or biodegradable, and produces less toxic emissions once it is discarded. And it is valuable: that nearly one-third of the overall packaging market is a $170 billion industry. Consumer demand, government legislation, and technology advances will create a sustainable packaging market of $244 billion market by 2018, according to a report by Smithers Para. From reduced costs to increased profits, sustainable packaging is a business strategy with “win-win” written all over it.

John Howell, Editorial Director

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