• For safety reasons, a growing number of products need to be packaged with fasteners that young children cannot open. Such packaging is subjected to thorough certification tests. These tests also ensure that most elderly people are able to handle the fastening systems. Child-safe...

  • The convenience of a product can be a key differentiator. Today, this is also true for packaging. The specific needs of elderly and handicapped individuals are starting to be integrated in packaging design. In order to better identify the needs of these groups and to understand...

  • In recent years, more and more individually packaged goods are appearing on store shelves. This is especially true for perishable products. What triggered this trend? What is the usefulness of such single servings? ‘Consumers take less time on various daily tasks, are living more...

  • There are numerous ways to limit the environmental impact of packaging. A well thought out design is one of them. ‘Designers need to know the environmental impact of packaging on the entire life cycle of their product,’ observes independent packaging expert Raymond Peutz.

  • The amount of detergent required for a machine wash has almost halved in less than ten years. This evolution, driven by detergent producers, has enabled a considerable reduction in the volume of detergent packaging. This is not only beneficial to the environment; it also ...

  • The industry is constantly developing new packaging techniques that actively modify the ambient air of food products. As a result, packaging is becoming increasingly refined.

  • It may go unnoticed by the public, but industrial packaging is being reused more and more frequently these days. This is particularly true during the logistical steps taken prior to the product’s sale in the shops. Reusable packaging is especially appreciated for wrapping and protecting...

  • The recycling of packaging materials used for food contact applications has to take several factors into account. Even though the technology is now fully functional, certain materials require additional sanitary inspections. Over time, intensive recycling risks saturating the existing...

  • A campaign launched by the Belgian federation of retailers (Comeos) in 2003 aimed at changing consumer behaviour. The campaign set itself the task of reducing usage of single-use plastic shopping bags. Thanks to the joint efforts of all actors in the distribution sector, usage...

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