The final text of the ISO world standards on packaging and the environment has been agreed - with publication scheduled for later this year, said the Netherlands Packaging Centre (NVC).
The global standard “marks the beginning of a new era in global manufacturing and distribution”, proclaimed the trade association.
The measures, due to be translated and released in autumn, focus on the environmental aspects of packaging throughout its life – from the design process and throughout the entire supply and recycling chain.
Three years in the making, the guide aims to address optimization of the packaging chain - including key issues such as reuse, material recycling, energy recovery and composting.
The standard, signed off by the ISO plenary committee last week in South Korea (pictured right), will also seek to look at “the way these aspects of each package are related to each other before and after use”, said the NVC.
Each player through the value chain – suppliers, food masnufactirer and retailers – will be able to introduce the standards in their management system and “thereby take responsibility for their specific part in the sustainable innovation of packages, packaged products, retail and recycling,” added the industry body.