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Welcome to the knowledge portal of the VDMA initiative pack4sustainability. Here you will find information about packaging and sustainability. As an association of the food processing and packaging machinery industry we deal with all types of packaging and packaging technologies. Due to the current social debate, we are initially focusing here on plastic packaging and would like to make an objective contribution to the discussion.
Expert interview with Dr. Horst-Christian Langowski: Many observations in the packaging industry focus on changing packaging concepts in order to realize improved recycling cycles. Instead of multi-layer films, mono films are now to be used, which are easier to recycle.
Plastic packaging today consists almost exclusively of composite films, which are difficult or impossible to recycle. Legislators are therefore striving to ensure that materials and material combinations are used for packaging that can be recycled to the highest possible percentage.
In order to obtain plastic packaging that is optimally adapted to the product to be packaged, additives are used during production to improve the processability of the plastic and the packaging material properties. For longer shelf life and better product protection, packaging is provided with special barrier functions.
Plastics are very versatile due to their properties such as mouldability, hardness, elasticity, breaking strength, temperature and heat resistance and their chemical resistance. To find out which plastics are available and what the most common packaging plastics are and the selection criteria, click here.
The regulation for plastic food contact materials, which has been in force since May 2011, lays down the rules that these materials must be manufactured in such a way that, among other things, they do not pose a risk to human health and that they have been produced in accordance with good manufacturing practice (GMP).
Prof. Dr. Frank Miletzky is honorary professor for paper technology at the Technical University of Dresden. He talks to us about the latest developments in natural fibre-based plastics and the potential of "hybrid" packaging.
Prof. Dr. Jens-Peter Majschak is head of the Fraunhofer Institute for Process Engineering and Packaging IVV in Dresden. He talks to us about the challenges of alternative plastic packaging materials in high-speed packaging machines.
Materials and articles intended to come into contact with food, as well as combinations of those materials and articles or recycled materials and articles used in those materials and articles, shall be manufactured in accordance with good manufacturing practice. Regulation (EC) No 2023/2006 lays down these rules.
Active and intelligent packaging helps to reduce food losses. They provide information on whether the cold chain has been maintained and also provide information on the quality status of the product. In Regulation (EC) No 450/2009 of 29 May 2009, the EU Commission defines the conditions that must be met in order to place active and intelligent materials and articles on the market.
In June 2019, the European Parliament adopted Directive EU 2019/904. According to this directive, from 2021 onwards certain disposable plastic products may no longer be sold in the EU if affordable alternatives are available. The aim is to reduce consumption of the others.
Carelessly disposed of packaging pollutes seas and landscapes. Whether in industrialized countries, emerging economies or developing countries - we all know the pictures of environmental pollution and the need for action is high. Each individual bears responsibility.
Packaging is one of the most important keys to protecting food from premature spoilage and to supplying people around the world with high-quality food - whether in industrialized, emerging or developing countries.
Plastic packaging has come under criticism, but it is no longer possible to imagine everyday life without it - at least not everywhere. Here you can read where, why and when the use of plastic makes sense.
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