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Sustainable Packaging

Meet consumer and regulatory demands to reduce packaging waste and minimize environmental impact

Meet consumer and regulatory demands to reduce packaging waste and minimize environmental impact.

Packaging waste is a rapidly increasing problem, spurred on by the growing worldwide consumer population and the increase in online shopping, which was intensified by the COVID-19 pandemic. The surge in packaging waste is having a devastating effect on the environment, overloading landfills and contributing to greenhouse gas emissions.

Consumers are aware of the problem and are choosing to purchase products with minimal or recyclable packaging. Meanwhile, governments around the world have enacted an array of regulations targeting packaging waste – from banning plastic bags and single use-plastic items to introducing fees for non-recyclable packaging.

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How can you achieve greater sustainability in packaging?

SGS offers a range of services to help manufacturers produce and supply more sustainable packaging for clients operating around the world. These include:

  • SGS Green Mark certification of specific positive attributes of packaging:
    • Recycled content
    • Industrial compostability
    • Biodegradability
    • Biobased
    • PVC-Free
  • Sustainability services for paper-based packaging
    • Testing/vetting new paper-based alternatives to plastic
    • Assistance with light weighting
    • Failure analysis to reduce product losses
  • Recycled content percentage range testing for polyethylene (PE), polypropylene (PP) or paper determination
  • Biodegradability and compostability testing for various media and conditions
  • Recyclability assessment for packaging
  • Testing of reusable packaging for durability, microbiological activity, allergens/odor and food contact suitability
  • Consultation, labeling support and guidelines
  • Life cycle analysis
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What are the benefits?

With our one-stop solution for environmentally preferable packaging, you can:

  • Comply with regulations
  • Increase brand loyalty
  • Save money and decrease impact from waste
  • Ensure more efficient storage
  • Reduce your carbon footprint
  • Ensure transparency in consumer labeling
  • Facilitate the transition away from plastics

Why SGS?

As the world’s leading testing, inspection and certification company, we are recognized as the global benchmark for sustainability, quality and integrity. Our innovative solutions, delivered by our global network of experts, employ the latest technologies to help you meet the demands of the market.

Contact us for more information on our sustainability services for packaging.

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