Growing shift to paper in food packaging anticipated

Industry experts believe the share of fibre-based packaging will grow over the next two decades because of new technologies and a decline in the share of polymer-based packaging.

Smithers and UPM Specialty Papers surveyed 200 packaging professionals from across the global value chain to assess key trends driving the development of sustainable food packaging by 2040.

They expect the global share of polymers in sustainable food packaging applications to fall by half over the next two decades, while fibre-based materials are projected to contribute to over 40% of all materials in use for food packaging.

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