The Sustainability of reusable packaging – Current situation and trends
Packaging plays an important role in safely distributing products throughout today's society and supply chains. With a consumption of about 40% of plastics and 50% of paper in Europe, the packaging sector is a large user of materials. However, packaging also has a lot of negative environmental impacts. Reusable packaging has been suggested as an option to significantly reduce environmental impacts. In this paper, we review the trends and literature on reusable packaging to generate insights into the current state-of-the-art knowledge and identify directions for research and development. This can help to better understand the key factors underlying the design and impacts of more sustainable packaging systems.
Read the full paper by Coelho et al. HERE