The convergence of our consumer society and the globalization of production give an important place to packaging in our life. Packaging protects our goods, informs us about the use and hazards of products, and even makes them more attractive. The reverse effect? Lots of resources are needed, and our bins are always full.
European directive 94/62/EC, related to packaging and packaging wastes, requires packaging producers to take into consideration the whole life cycle of their products, but overall to be responsible for their end of life treatment.
The “Enlarged Producer Responsibility” has become major principle. It is now applied to various products categories in Europe (ELV, WEEE, etc.), through the framework of the Integrated Product Policy.
For producers it means that packaging must be recycled, and they have to financially contribute to the system. They have to comply with detailed rules and prove the conformity to this directive, a group of standards has been released: EN 13427 to 13432, FD CR 13695-(1 and 2), and FD CR 14311. This initiative has been replicated worldwide and inspired several other regulations and systems. SGS is fully involved in this dynamic, as our ecodesign consultants team put on the market in 2011 two products: the packaging ecodesign diagnosis that has received the “Pack Innovation 2010” prize. It includes several standards and initiatives of the packaging industry, with a few SGS bonus embedded. The second product is PEAR, a quick LCA based solution designed to reduce cost.
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