What is your Packaging Footprint? SGS Helps you Find out

More and more organizations across the world have shifted their focus to ecodesign because of their increased awareness of the effects of packaging in the economic, social and environmental aspects of their business.

Online PR News – 03-August-2010 – – Every day the environment suffers the impact of increased consumer numbers worldwide, which also means increased amounts of packaging introduced in the waste stream.

As the importance of environmental impacts is continuously rising, packaging manufacturers now have to worry about more than just the legal and technical requirements, cost optimization or marketing duty.

Consumers have high expectations from the packaging industry and constantly push manufacturers for greater changes by manifesting a widespread aversion toward waste and litter. Manufacturers have to consider new designs that rely on resource minimization, transportation optimization etc.

The future of ecodesign

Businesses strive to reach the markets faster and the challenge to meet all these requirements in a short period of time becomes even greater. Combining ecodesign principles with packaging functionality is a good solution as it helps achieve better product differentiation and also gaining a competitive edge.

SGS has created a packaging assessment tool (http://www.hardlines.sgs.com/packaging_and_paper_consumerproducts) – Packaging Eco-Assessment Rating (PEAR) to help clients enhance their packaging designs. The tool’s main function is measuring the environmental impact of your packaging designs and advice on greener solutions. PEAR provides a fast and economical diagnosis of several alternatives for packaging (including different materials, volumes, sizes and thickness), logistics, end of life characteristics etc.

The client receives a report with recommendations on optimizing packaging. These PEAR suggestions originate from the life cycle analysis methodology (http://www.sustainability.sgs.com/consumergoods/product-environmental-assessment.htm) which looks at the major stages of the packaging life cycle including raw materials, manufacturing process, transportation, end of life and highlights conclusions for about ten environmental factors such as global warming, eutrophication, acidification etc.

Such assessment tools are useful in providing valuable advice on how to optimize your packaging by taking into consideration environmental factors. Packaging still has to ensure the functionality and protection of the product, and there are various testing procedures that manufacturers can use to ensure their packaging is compliant with safety, performance and regulatory requirements.

A global SGS network of 10 packaging labs in North America, Europe and Asia offers comprehensive, cost-effective solutions during the course of the packaging life cycle. Our experts can assist with technical and regulatory knowledge to create and implement testing, audit and certification strategies. Learn more about how SGS can help you with packaging ecodesign (http://www.sustainability.sgs.com/consumergoods/ecodesign.htm).

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