Skip to content
Packaging-1 featured thumbnail image

How Can Packaging Companies Respond to Global Bans On Single-Use Plastics?

As an increasing number of countries, cities and organizations ban single-use plastics, Joseph Esteves, VP Industry Partner at Maine Pointe considers how packaging companies can respond.

This Maine Pointe perspectives paper considers:

  • The repercussions of global bans on single-use plastics on the packaging industry
  • Why developing alternative strategies is key to survival for packaging companies
  • Why it's no longer what you make but how you make it that really matters
Packaging-1 featured thumbnail image

What's in this eBook?

Alternative strategies to help your business thrive
list-icon

Corporate bans on single-use plastics

list-icon

The environmental threat of single use plastics

list-icon

Introduction

As an increasing number of countries, cities and organizations ban single-use plastics, Joseph Esteves, VP Industry Partner at Maine Pointe considers how packaging companies can respond.

Increased awareness around environmental pollution has heightened concerns about indiscriminate waste disposal. Much of the discussion focuses around the excessive use of plastics which, despite being a useful material, pose a threat to our planet.

About 80-85% of all litter in the oceans is plastic and half of that is made up of throw-away, ‘single use’ items such as plastic straws. This disturbing fact has prompted over 60 countries worldwide to ban single- use packaging items. The Canadian city of Vancouver has banned straws, Scotland plans to be rid of plastic straws by 2019, and Taiwan will have banned single-use plastic items, including straws, cups and shopping bags, by 2030. In the UK, Prime Minister Theresa May announced a Britain-wide ban on the sale of plastic straws, stirrers, and plastic cotton swabs. In the US, where 500 million plastic straws are used every day, Seattle became the first city to ban the use of plastic straws in July 2018. New York City, Hawaii and California all intend to follow suit.

eBook: How Can Packaging Companies Respond to Global Bans On Single-Use Plastics?

Packaging-1 featured thumbnail image