Posted by Lisa McTigue Pierce -- Packaging Digest, 5/11/2011 9:31:04 AM
Gouda (Netherlands) —
Global standards on packaging and the environment have gained conclusive momentum with the acceptance of the draft international standard (DIS) texts this week, say industry experts.
The world standards on packaging and environment reflect the consensus that has grown over the past two years of intense discussion on this highly complex but societal relevant subject, says NVC Netherlands Packaging Centre, a unique body in the packaging field.
With 14,000 individuals and more than 550 member companies, NVC is leading in information services, education and training and serving the interests of the packaging community.
NVC Netherlands Packaging Centre also chairs the working group which addresses the optimization of the packaging system upfront. Other working groups address the different modes of recycling a package may be subject to after the product has been used.
The new ISO-standards will be used by all companies involved in the activity of packaging—packaging designers and manufacturers, recyclers, retailers, branded good manufacturers, manufacturers of packaging materials and inks, says NVC.
Delegates from all continents met in a series of international meetings, respectively in Stockholm (2009), Beijing (2010), Tokyo (2011) and now Atlanta to ready the DIS texts.
ISO-delegates from all over the world and from all parts of the packaged goods supply chain came together in Atlanta, GA, from May 2 until May 6, to bring the draft texts in line with input given by a multitude of stakeholders. They succeeded in creating the robust DIS texts which will be available for a final review in the coming months. Packaging is an activity that takes place worldwide at least 100.000 times every second and involves a range of applications; for instance, consumer food products, industrial products, pharmaceuticals, chemicals or consumer electronic products.
The new ISO-standards will address the optimization of packaging to minimise its environmental impact, the responsible use of heavy metals and other hazardous substances, the possible reuse of packages and the different modes of recycling (material, energy or composting).
The new ISO world standards will most likely be available for use by industry, retail and any other interested organisation by the end of 2012.
—TradeArabia News Service
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