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Packaging Materials Management Definitions: A Review of Varying Global Standards
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Packaging Materials Management Definitions

Achieving Clarity in Defining Packaging Materials and Management Processes


Quantifying the Value of Packaging as a Strategy to Prevent Food Waste in AmericaIn order to improve clarity and alignment around definitions of packaging materials and management processes, AMERIPEN has introduced a new resource called “Packaging Materials Management Definitions: A Review of Varying Global Standards.” Achieving a common understanding of key terms is essential. As more brands work toward ambitious 100 percent reusable, recyclable or compostable goals tied to packaging attributes, understanding how those attributes are defined – and how they affect validation of claims – is instrumental. 

Across the U.S., there are 18 different definitions of recycling – and even more globally. Understanding of what is meant by key terms – including “recyclable,” “reusable,” “compostable,” “renewable” and “recycled content” – informs how goals are set and results are measured, influences policy creation and drives the application of regulations. These terms also affect material and design strategies.

The AMERIPEN guide reviews and compares global frameworks put forth by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and others. The document provides a detailed, side-by-side comparison of definitions for common packaging attributes and processes.


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