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Start-ups & Innovators

Urgent need for young talent

The SandKit winning team of Maria Paula Monroy Vargas, Sarah Drauschke and Margo Rindle. Image: Pro Carton

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There is an urgent need for young, skilled workers everywhere, and the packaging industry is no exception. Next-generation workers often pursue unconventional approaches with bold new ideas, regardless of whether they have studied packaging technology or design at European universities or completed an industry apprenticeship.

Women in Packaging

Networked packaging industry specialist

Sonja Bähr

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Who is saying something, for what reason are they saying it, what is behind it and who does it benefit? Industrial engineer Sonja Bähr uses questions like these to encourage people to be more critical about statements regarding packaging, waste disposal and recycling.

Packaging design

Trends in Packaging - today and tomorrow

Sustainable disposable dishes
Future packaging designs blend retro charm with modern influences, from vivid colors to minimalist patterns. Illustrations and tactile textures set new standards for consumer experiences, while sustainability and digitalization lay the foundation.


Romania launches the world’s largest deposit system for beverages

Pfandsystem in Rumänien

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Right now, Romania has one of the lowest recycling rates for packaging in all of Europe. This is currently set to change. Recently, the country in south-eastern Europe introduced a deposit return system for single-use packaging for beverages – with almost 80,000 collection points it is to become the world’s largest so-called Deposit Return System (DRS).

Start-ups & Innovators

Researchers tout sustainable packaging foam made from waste cardboard


© Beijing Key Laboratory of Wood Science and Engineering

Researchers in Beijing have developed an environmentally friendly cushioning and insulating foam made entirely from recycled cardboard that they say offers a sustainable, plastic-free packaging alternative to the shipping industry.


Paper safety labels for recycling

Paper safety labels for recycling

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Products that are counterfeit or which have been tampered with cause large economic damage. Safety labels can help to guarantee the authenticity and integrity of goods, as when someone attempts to open the packaging, it leaves irreversible traces. When it comes to recyclability, however, these small labels are often not performing very well.
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