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The packaging industry is in the midst of multiple changes and great transition. For us at Stora Enso, there is calm in the eyes of the storm as we continue to work towards creating new and innovative solutions from renewable materials.
As the amount of packaging the world needs continues to grow, sustainable solutions are needed now more than ever. But those solutions still need to be usable – they need to protect and preserve the food we eat, the products we use, and the planet we all inhabit.
The bottom line is that too much of what we use is made from non-renewable, fossil-fuel heavy materials like plastic. Some of that plastic can be recycled, of course. But it can never be renewed.
What if everything made of fossil-based materials today could be made from material that’s not only recyclable, but completely renewable?
Material that can be regrown over and over again? And in a process where the only gas emitted isn’t CO2 but oxygen?
Circularity in packaging is a hot topic especially on the European agenda and rightfully so. To achieve climate neutrality targets and to halt biodiversity loss, the transition to a circular economy is a prerequisite. What does it take to make the shift from the traditional take, make, waste system to a truly circular packaging model? Here are my thoughts on making the transition to circular packaging a reality.
Looking back at 2021, it was quite a dynamic year. Our business in the containerboards grew at a rapid pace driven by the exponential growth of e-commerce, fuelled by the pandemic, and combined with the push to replace plastic packaging with renewable, recyclable solutions.
Barrier layers are important because they protect the food inside the package. However, most of the barriers we use today are fossil-based and not very easy to recycle.
As a leading global provider of renewable solutions for packaging, we’re driving the eco-evolution with solutions, innovations and partnerships that are designed to help our industry and our world transition to a sustainable circular bioeconomy.
Over the years we have seen online retail grow and the pandemic has only accelerated that growth. Globally, e-commerce has actually grown between two to five times faster than before the pandemic. As e-commerce grows, so does the importance of efficient and effective packaging.
Have you ever thought about the impact the packaging we use every day has on our planet and our lives? At Stora Enso, we do. With its wide societal use and the various fiber-based solutions, packaging is uniquely positioned to lead the transformation to a more circular world.