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5 Innovations That Could End Plastic Packaging Waste

Solutions to a big problem may be found in tiny things, such as barriers using nanotechnology or miniscule magnetics, or even in common materials such as wood.

Rick Lingle, Senior Technical Editor

March 18, 2021

This short video was created by the EcoMastery Project out of Canada, which serves as “a going green guide,” according to the website.

There’s poetic license in declaring that these ideas could end plastic waste, but what you will find are an impressive 5-item roundup of intriguing innovations in development that show promise and could make a dent.

These include several barrier alternatives including nanotechnology and tiny magnetic platelets that eliminate multilayer structures to permit single-material post-use recycling as well as alternative options for compostable packaging including one that taps a highly common resource, cellulose made from wood

It also references sources and research groups. All told, this makes it well-worth the 2+ minutes’ run time.

About the Author(s)

Rick Lingle

Senior Technical Editor, Packaging Digest and PlasticsToday

Rick Lingle is Senior Technical Editor, Packaging Digest and PlasticsToday. He’s been a packaging media journalist since 1985 specializing in food, beverage and plastic markets. He has a chemistry degree from Clarke College and has worked in food industry R&D for Standard Brands/Nabisco and the R.T. French Co. Reach him at [email protected] or 630-481-1426.

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