Summertime plastic packaging developments for foods and beverages

By Rick Lingle in Packaging Design on August 27, 2019

Straw-free plastic sippy cups for adults, PET growlers, BPA issues, leveraging Instagram, compostable coffee bags, digitally printed pouches and more all made news this summer.


Readers turn to Packaging Digest when they want to know what’s going on in packaging, which is why you’re reading this.

Likewise, if you were interested in all things plastic, you’d visit the website of our Informa sister publication, PlasticsToday. That’s exactly we did in compiling the following selection of food-and-beverage-related articles posted this summer (since June 21) found on the Packaging Channel at PT.

As with PD, there’s an abundance of articles about sustainable packaging, including this helpful social-media-leveraging consumer education program from a bottled water brand.

Let’s face it—recycling can be very confusing to consumers. When the plastics industry came up with the chasing arrows and numbering system for the seven most common types of plastics, it probably never expected that consumers would be at a loss when it came to figure out what and how to recycle.

Poland Spring Brand 100% Natural Spring Water has a solution to this dilemma. The company is teaming up with the Recycling Partnership to tackle one of the core reasons for low recycling rates—consumer confusion. Starting this month, the brand is launching an Instagram recycling hotline to answer the common question, “Can I recycle this?” Consumers can post a photo of the item in question on their Instagram feed or in their stories and tag #NotTrash and @PolandSpringWtr to ask for help— Poland Spring and the Recycling Partnership will get back to them with an answer.

For more, read Poland Spring teams up with Recycling Partnership to help consumers identify recyclables.

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Rick Lingle

Rick Lingle is senior technical editor of Packaging Digest. He’s been a packaging media journalist since 1985 specializing in food, beverage and plastic markets. He has a chemistry degree and has worked in food industry R&D for Standard Brands/Nabisco and the R.T. French Co. Reach him at [email protected] or 630-481-1426.

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