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Packaging Definitions Demystified



Packaging Definitions Demystified

23 Jan 2019

The subject of responsible packaging has been on everyone's radar over the past two years. From UK Government pledging to reduce plastic consumption to food manufacturers investing in packaging solutions that are branded ‘sustainable’ and ‘recyclable’, it seems everyone is making a conscious effort to revise tour relationship with packaging. 

However, as we enter a new era for food packaging, we have seen the emergence of some buzzwords and misconceptions surrounding packaging ‘definitions’. Through this blog, we aim to demystify common phrases and words associated with modern packaging. 


So, if you are looking at packaging solutions for your brand, read on: 

1.       Sustainable packaging 

When you see a reference to ‘sustainable packaging’ this largely means the product has been created from materials that derive from managed and regulated forests. 
Modern producers are focused on the promotion of sustainability as it helps to control the exhaustion of natural resources, limiting negative ecological impacts on the planet we live on. 

 2.       Biodegradable packaging 

A biodegradable product is one that can be broken down by microbial activity, being decomposed by bacteria or other living organisms. As a result, it avoids pollution, decaying in a fashion that is beneficial to the earth. 

3.       Compostable packaging 

Packaging made from compostable material, like biodegradable materials, returns to the earth safety. However, compostable materials go one step further, providing the earth with nutrients once the material has completely broken down. 

4.       Recyclable packaging 

A recyclable product is made from materials that can be re-used. These include glass, metal, card and paper.

 Recyclable packaging often utilises PET, which stands for polyethylene terephthalate. This is a form of polyester that can easily be molded into different shapes. 


5.       Microwaveable packaging 


Microwavable packaging products include PP are items that can remain undamaged or unaffected by high temperatures. In essence, Polypropylene (PP) is a thermoplastic “addition polymer” made from the combination of propylene monomers. Though not 100% recyclable, microwavable materials tend to be made of 40% natural minerals. 

Packaging solutions with Harlequin Printing and Packaging 

If you are a food brand looking for sustainable, biodegradable, compostable, recyclable or microwavable packaging solutions, we at Harlequin can help. With a huge team of packaging designers and some of the most innovative machinery in the country, we will be sure to turn your packaging vision into a reality. 

Contact us today for an informal chat. 











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