The Ellen MacArthur Foundation says that by 2050 there will be more plastic than fish in the oceans, and that is without the possibility of giants like China and India increasing their plastic usage. Even plastic which claims to be biodegradable can take years to decompose – yet today’s modern households are widely dependent on plastic.
Plastic is a dynamic and versatile resource that offers convenience, peace of mind, and stability to numerous industries that consumers rely on every day. Shaping a plastic-friendly consumer mindset requires our collective investment in rethinking our systems, improving our plastic handling and continually educating our end users on the benefits of plastic.
End-of-line systems are synonymous with consistent quality and weight for your packaging products, but how do you decide whether to implement a stand-alone or integrated end-of-line solution? Understanding your options, the benefits, and the overall contribution to your production goals will help you assess how flexible automation systems can expedite your end-of-line processes.
In the US, 66% of recyclable packaging is not recycled1. With many environmental claims on retailer shelves, GreenBlue’s Sustainable Packaging Coalition (SPC) developed consumer friendly recycling instructions through the How2Recycle label program. In this shift toward more transparent claims, this program alleviates concerns regarding recycling procedures to better support consumers in their packaging disposal practices and showcases efforts to create group norms for recycling.
The clock starts ticking as soon as a produce item is harvested; and for the profitability of that item, there is little room for supply chain inefficiency. Thankfully, our industry is seeing significant advancements in automation that are contributing to improved operational efficiencies, pack-line productivity and overall cost savings which is a key ingredient in each grower/shipper's competitiveness.