Worldwide Sustainability in Packaging Industry Report 2022 to 2026 – Metal & Glass to Benefit from Interest in Reusable Packaging –

DUBLIN–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The “Global Sustainability in Packaging 2022-2026” report has been added to’s offering.

The impact of public and private sustainability efforts continues to grow in the US packaging industry.

Driven by rising concern about the environmental effects of packaging production, use, and disposal, these efforts are driving a shift in product mix toward packaging that can help packaging producers and end users meet such targets as:

  • Source reduction (i.e., reducing packaging material volume)
  • Improved recycling rates, especially for plastics
  • Increased use of materials that are biodegradable and/or compostable
  • Increased use of recycled content in packaging
  • Expansion of reusable packaging programs

However, packaging sustainability is not straightforward, and cost and performance will continue to be the top priorities of packaging customers.

Companies Mentioned

  • Amcor
  • Berry Global
  • Danimer Scientific
  • Keurig Dr Pepper
  • L’Oreal
  • Nestle
  • PepsiCo
  • Sealed Air
  • Sonoco

Pandemic Accelerates Expansion of Private Sustainability Targets While Public Efforts Slow

The COVID-19 pandemic has been a backdrop for the expansion of private sector sustainability targets, even as the pandemic has caused public sector efforts to slow somewhat.

These efforts have been most pronounced in the food, beverage, and consumer markets, with major packaging firms as well as end users – including Nestle, Keurig Dr Pepper, PepsiCo, and L’Oreal – announcing aggressive new goals for packaging sustainability and introducing packaging solutions to meet established ones.

Sustainability efforts have also grown in the e-commerce market. For instance, in 2021, major shipping concerns in Europe launched reusable e-commerce packaging solutions that could translate to the US market.

Pledging to Cut Virgin Plastics, Packaging End Users Look to Paper, Bioplastic, & Molded Fiber

Reducing use of virgin plastics is a key goal of packaging sustainability efforts, and leading US packaging suppliers including Amcor and Berry Global are showing dedication to these trends by participating in the Ellen MacArthur Foundation New Plastics Economy Global Commitment and similar pledges.

While some companies are exploring ways to fulfill such pledges by making plastic more eco-friendly – such as by improving recyclability or increasing use of recycled content – others are looking to shift away from conventional plastics altogether, changes that benefit materials that are perceived as more sustainable, including paper, bioplastics, and molded fiber.

Though often higher cost and lower performance than plastics, these materials are increasingly the focus of product development efforts. A number of promising introductions have occurred in recent years, including Sonoco Products’ Natrellis molded sugarcane, PABOCO’s paper bottles, and Danimer Scientific’s Nodax PHA bioplastic resin for use in packaging.

Metal & Glass Also Benefit from Interest in Reusable Packaging

Reusable packaging programs are of increasing interest as a means to meet corporate source-reduction goals and provide consumers with further sustainable packaging options. Most reusable packaging is made from metal, glass, or other durable materials that do not quickly degrade under use and cleaning.

Though generally higher in cost and heavier in weight (which makes shipping less energy efficient), metal and glass packaging are highly recyclable and reusable, boosting their environmental profile when they exit circulation in reusable packaging programs.

Key Topics Covered:

1. Executive Summary

2. COVID-19 Pandemic

  • Overview
  • Impact on the Economy
  • Impact on the Packaging Industry
  • Impact on Sustainability Efforts

3. Packaging Introduction

  • Study Scope & Packaging Definition
  • Packaging Markets
  • Sales Outlook
  • Food Packaging
  • Beverage Packaging
  • Pharmaceutical Packaging
  • Foodservice Disposables
  • Other Markets
  • Key Packaging Product Trends
  • Corrugated & Paperboard Boxes
  • Rigid Containers
  • Flexible Packaging
  • Materials Competition
  • Key Materials & Market Trends
  • Shipment Outlook
  • Paper Packaging
  • Plastic Packaging
  • Metal Packaging
  • Glass & Other Packaging

4. What Drives Packaging Choice?

5. Consumer Attitudes & Packaging Preferences

  • Recycling Participation Rated by Material
  • Composting of Packaging
  • Willingness to Pay for Expanded Curbside Recycling & Composting Service
  • Who Should Pay For Waste Services
  • Packaging Materials Ranked by Perceived Eco-Friendliness
  • Sustainable Packaging Features Particularly Sought by Consumers
  • Attitudes About Recycling & Biodegradability
  • Attitudes About Recycling
  • Attitudes About Recyclable Packaging & Recycled Content in Packaging
  • Curbside Recycling Services: Consumer Access
  • Drop-Off Recycling Services: Consumer Usage

6. What Is Sustainability

7. Market Spotlight: Food Packaging

  • Market Scope
  • Demand Forecast
  • Materials Comparison
  • New Sustainable Packaging Developments
  • Suppliers & Sustainability Goals

8. Material Spotlight: Molded Fiber

  • Product Description
  • Demand Forecast
  • Suppliers

9. Product Spotlight: Bowls

  • Product Description
  • Demand Forecast
  • Materials Comparison
  • New Sustainable Product Development
  • Suppliers & Sustainability Initiatives

10. End User Strategies & Goals

11. Plastic Packaging Sustainability

12. Paper & Paperboard Packaging

13. Metal Packaging

  • Leading Packaging Products
  • Key Sustainability Metrics
  • Metal Recycling Rate
  • Recycled Content Usage
  • Source Reduction Efforts
  • Packaging Producer Strategies & Goals
  • New Product Development Efforts

14. Glass Packaging

  • Leading Packaging Products
  • Key Sustainability Metrics
  • Glass Recycling Rate
  • Recycled Content Usage
  • Source Reduction Efforts
  • Packaging Producer Strategies & Goals
  • Consumer Trends in Glass Container Recycling
  • New Product Development Efforts

15. Molded Fiber Packaging

  • Leading Packaging Products
  • Materials Overview
  • Molded Pulp
  • Molded Sugarcane
  • Other Molded Fiber
  • Key Sustainability Metrics Molded Fiber Recycling
  • Recycled Content Usage
  • Source Reduction Efforts
  • Biodegradable & Compostable Products
  • Wood Pulp vs. Agricultural Waste
  • Packaging Producer Strategies & Goals
  • New Product Development Efforts

16. List of Industry Participants

17. Appendix

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