The Evolution of Clean Packaging

Design innovations play a key role in the evolution of clean manufacturing, especially in the area of packaging. All of clean manufacturing’s top goals, from waste minimization to energy efficiency to supply chain sustainability, can be accomplished through the improvement of packaging design. Unfortunately, the packaging industry has been slow to adopt impactful innovations. According to the United Nations Environment Programme, the packaging sector is the world’s largest producer of single-use plastic waste, accounting for roughly 36 percent of all plastics currently produced. The bulk of that plastic — as much as 85 percent by some accounts — ends up in landfills.

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