Flexible plastic packaging expected to grow

Market research by the Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies (PMMI) estimates 3,271 billion packaging units sold in 2018, led by flexible plastics and PET bottles; expects both material types to also see greatest increases by 2023

Survey quantifies consumer perceptions by packaging types

2019 EcoFocus Trends Survey finds consumers perceive glass and paper-based packaging as most healthy and eco-friendly, 64% of millennials willing to pay for eco-friendly products

Colombia regulates heavy metals in glass, ceramics

Colombian health ministry publishes emergency technical regulation setting migration limits for lead and cadmium in food contact glass and ceramics; new limits effective until July 2020

Industry sets 90% glass collection target for EU

European glass container industry association sets target for glass collection to 90% by 2030; launches ‘Close the Glass Loop’ stewardship program

Glass recycling at 76% in the EU

European Container Glass Federation (FEVE) reports record rate of 76% recycling of glass packaging in 2017 in the EU

California adjusts metal limits in recycled glass

State legislative bodies pass bill raising combined limit of four heavy metals in recycled glass packaging from 100 to 200 ppm temporarily; State’s governor vetoes bill, permitted levels set to remain at 100 ppm

Food Dive article on resurgence of glass

Article discusses the benefits and shortfalls of glass as a food packaging material, sees glass as viable option for the future as brands commit to recyclable and reusable packaging

EU reviews metal limits in ceramic and glass FCMs

European Commission initiative to consider lowering migration limits for lead, cadmium, other heavy metals in ceramic, glass, and enamel food contact materials; feedback on roadmap open until June 26, 2019, full public consultation to follow

Glass packaging continues to grow

Industry group reports 1% growth in glass packaging production, attributes increase to environmentally conscious consumers

74% of glass packaging recycled in the EU

Recycling statistics from 2016 confirm recycling rate of glass packaging in the EU stably at 74%; the figure is ‘set to rise’ following recent investments, FEVE says