Packaging Standards

New international standards on packaging and the environment have gained momentum with the acceptance of the latest draft international standard (DIS) texts.

ISO delegates from all over the world, and from all sectors of the packaged goods supply chain, came together in Atlanta, Georgia this year to bring the draft texts in line with input given by a multitude of stakeholders. They succeeded in creating a robust DIS 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 wide range of applications, for instance, consumer food products, industrial products, pharmaceuticals, chemicals, and consumer electronic products.

The new ISO standards will address the optimization of packaging to minimize its environmental impact, the responsible use of heavy metals and other hazardous substances, the possible reuse of packaging, and the different modes of recycling (material, energy, or composting).

These International Standards will be used by all companies involved in the packaging sector – packaging designers and manufacturers, recyclers, retailers, branded goods manufacturers, and manufacturers of packaging materials and inks.

The standards will most likely be available for use by industry, retail and any other interested organizations by the end of 2012. For further information, contact Stina Wallstrom at the Swedish Standards Institute: stina.wallstrom@sis.se