Sustainable Packaging

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No packaging does not necessarily mean better! Packaging is now often a critical focus in terms of sustainability, climate protection and social responsibility. This is because sustainable packaging solutions form the basis for reducing our environmental impact to a minimum in many respects. What is sustainable packaging? Corrugated cardboard, for example, is an ideal packaging material as it meets the requirements of a sustainable circular economy. Find out here about the advantages of sustainable packaging, the legal framework conditions for packaging and packaging waste and about sustainable packaging solutions for your products and goods!

In a 2019 study entitled “Trade is Change” the Institute for Trade Research (IFH) identified the role that packaging will play in the trade of tomorrow, namely that the vast majority of consumers are demanding the substitution of plastic packaging with sustainable packaging made from renewable raw materials.

In the case of food in supermarkets, 90 percent of any adverse ecological impacts are generated by the food itself. With only 10 percent attributed to packaging. This means that the damage is significantly greater when food is spoiled. The ecological damage due to spoilage of food products (e.g. fruit, vegetables) without packaging is significantly greater than if they had been packaged. Therefore, no packaging doesn't necessarily mean better!

Sustainable packaging made from recyclable materials

The same also applies to shipping packaging. For example, if expensive electronics, cosmetics or industrial goods are lost or damaged, this incurs a high cost, both in terms of money and valuable resources.

It is hardly sustainable if the defective products have to be disposed of or repaired and shipped again (several times in some cases). Companies must have a rethink about this: sustainable packaging made from recyclable materials, such as corrugated cardboard, should be designed to meet the requirements of the intended use. In addition to material-efficient packaging designs, filling materials or extra cushioning padding can often be dispensed with. With such sustainable packaging, damages, spoilage or loss can be effectively prevented and the environmental impact reduced to a minimum.

Sustainable packaging in the circular economy

At THIMM we design our business processes to be environmentally-friendly and sustainable. Therefore, we focus very closely on recyclability. Nearly all the packaging produced by us can be recycled. Most of our sustainable packaging is made from corrugated cardboard. This natural recyclable product is produced from renewable raw materials and consists largely of recycled papers combined with starch glue.

Corrugated cardboard is a very natural product and is ideally suited for sustainable packaging. Incidentally, no trees are felled to make corrugated cardboard. Windfall and thinning timber are used to produce paper, the key raw material for corrugated cardboard production. In addition, the proportion of fresh fibre used is on average only 20 percent. The overwhelming majority consists of recycled paper (e.g. recycled paper or used packaging).

All unavoidable waste created during corrugated cardboard production is immediately returned to the reusable material cycle. This generally occurs at THIMM in co-operation with active paper suppliers. This optimises logistics since the wastepaper is collected at the same time as the deliveries of the raw paper, thus avoiding empty journeys. Paper factories produce new paper from wastepaper and cellulose. The substitution of fresh fibre papers with products based on wastepaper along with the reduction of paper surface weights have been the most important developments in the packaging sector over the last few years. Here THIMM offers its customers fresh fibre substitutes for sustainable packaging which at the same time also enable high-quality printing. We have also introduced modified paper grades for sustainable packaging from the recycled paper sector. These represent the alternatives with lower surface weights.

After use, the sustainable packaging produced by THIMM is almost all returned to the reusable material cycle by our customers in both the consumer and industrial goods sectors. This return closes the cycle since the wastepaper is used again in the paper factories as a raw material for paper production.

However, in order to reduce the volume of packaging waste per se, the Packaging Ordinance (VerpackV) was introduced in Germany in 1991. The Packaging Ordinance was amended several times over the following years and was replaced in 2019 by the Packaging Act (VerpackG) in Germany. This Act regulates the introduction of packaging into the market as well as the return and high-quality recycling of packaging waste.

The European Packaging Directive on packaging and packaging waste (94/62/EC) and its 2018 amendment (EU) 2018/852 was thereby implemented into German law.

The current EU Directive includes measures to prevent packaging waste and it promotes the reuse and recycling of packaging waste. These measures are intended to improve our environmental quality, protect human health and resources, ensure a functioning internal market and thereby contribute sustainably to the circular economy in EU Member States.

The Packaging Act (VerpackG) therefore forms the basis for a successful circular economy for sustainable packaging.

Take advantage of the benefits of sustainable packaging!?

Sustainability is increasingly becoming a purchasing criterion. Manufacturers can use sustainable packaging to make a positive brand impact because it improves the ecological footprint. Environmentally-aware end-users consciously appreciate sustainable packaging and associate this positively with the brand. Commit to environmentally-friendly packaging today in order to achieve your sustainability objectives! THIMM has been developing environmentally-friendly packaging solutions made from corrugated cardboard since 1949 and, as an established manufacturer has sustainable success formulas that you can use for your brand.

Commit to sustainable packaging to protect the environment!

Michael Burkowski

Improve your ecological footprint with sustainable packaging. Please contact us:

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