2020: Sustainable Packaging Eclipsed COVID-19 Concerns

New paper packaging developments caught your eye in 2020, along with news of refills and recyclable flexible packaging, as seen in our list of best-read articles about sustainability.

Lisa McTigue Pierce, Executive Editor

December 23, 2020

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Except when COVID-19 worries consumed us all for a couple months in the spring of 2020, sustainability has remained the key focus throughout the year for packaging executives and, hence, for their developers, engineers, designers, supply chain professionals, and just about any department or company connected to consumer packaged goods companies or healthcare manufacturers. Oh, consumers, too!

Based on page views, here are the 10 top sustainable packaging articles of this pandemic year:



After 18 months’ R&D, Bear Naked’s pouches for 13 products are now store drop-off recyclable.

10. Kellogg’s Bear Naked Cereal Pouches Embrace Recyclability

Lead engineer Shannon Moore shares an insider’s view of the development including the considerations, what was learned, advice and more.


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9. Berry Global Transforms Packaging Sustainably

The plastic packaging provider discloses sustainable innovations in designs and polymers for beverage cups, caps, and closures.



3. Leveraging Psychology to Design Refill Packages That Inspire Loyalty

8. Leveraging Psychology to Design Refill Packages That Inspire Loyalty

Consumer perceptions of sustainability are impacted by more than what packaging material a product uses. How can your brand’s packaging truly live a “useful” life and gain their approval?


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7. A Beverage First: Wellness Shots Bottled in Biodegradable PET

So Good So You brand introduces biodegradable plastic bottles made of PET that the brand claims are also recyclable.


Frugalpac Paper Bottles Group

Is the move to paper packaging sustainable for beverage bottles?

6. Are Paper Bottles Sustainable and Practical?

Major brand owners like Absolut, Diageo, Carlsberg, and PepsiCo are developing paper bottles, but what does a market analyst say about this paper chase?



5. The Sustainable Packaging Landscape: A Decade in Review

Taking a look at an incredibly eventful decade on so many levels, thought-leader Nina Goodrich breaks down the sustainability advancements and challenges packaging professionals have experienced in the last decade, year by year.



P&G Beauty's new all-paper deodorant tube was designed

4. P&G Launches All-Paper Deodorant Packaging

Launched on May 1 in 500 Walmart stores across the US, Procter & Gamble Beauty’s limited-edition all-paper tube for Secret and Old Spice deodorant displaces some plastic stick deodorant canisters, helping the company and brands reach their goal of, by 2030, using 100% recyclable or reusable packaging while cutting virgin petroleum-based plastic by 50%.


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2. 3 Sustainability Standouts Win Innovation Awards

3. 3 Sustainability Standouts Win Innovation Awards

This year’s SPC Innovator Award winners lead the pack in sustainability, with inventive approaches to packaging sourcing, design, and recovery.


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1. Absolut is Perfecting Paper Bottles for Spirits

2. Absolut is Perfecting Paper Bottles for Spirits

Niclas Appelquist, director of future packaging for The Absolut Co., shares exclusive details on the development, the barrier, recycling, and more ahead of the next stage — consumer testing.



Brands incorporate recycled content into their new packaging to create viable end markets for the collected material and meet their sustainability goals. Photo credit: Copal on Unsplash

1. 5 Sustainable Packaging Trends to Look Out for in 2020

For sustainable packaging, 2020 was set to be a year of action and reaction, building on the fast-growing trends from the last two years. Here were a handful of critical sustainable packaging trends expected in 2020.

About the Author(s)

Lisa McTigue Pierce

Executive Editor, Packaging Digest

Lisa McTigue Pierce is Executive Editor of Packaging Digest. She’s been a packaging media journalist since 1982 and tracks emerging trends, new technologies, and best practices across a spectrum of markets for the publication’s global community. Reach her at [email protected] or 630-272-1774.

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