Many people associate Japanese food with stringent sanitation requirements, freshness, and easy access to ready-to-eat meals and bottled beverages. Others might think of the extensive packing necessary to maintain those high standards.
On the plus side, packaging does support food durability and quality preservation. However, there is also a sizable drawback: the manufacture of plastic produces a lot of carbon dioxide. For instance, just five plastic bags have a carbon impact of 1 kilogramme of CO2.
The Japan Flexible Packaging market accounted for $XX Billion in 2021 and is anticipated to reach $XX Billion by 2030, registering a CAGR of XX% from 2022 to 2030.
Increased circularity of plastic throughout its lifecycle is the goal of a new regulation in Japan. The “Plastic Resource Circulation Act” was put into effect by the Ministry of the Environment.
Its basic tenet is to employ subsidies to persuade businesses to produce less single-use plastic and to create and implement more circular product designs and systems. Examples include refill items with minimal packaging and recycling product collecting centres established by the companies.
Nestle Japan has switched its packaging from plastic to paper. This action by a market leader has inspired numerous other businesses to take similar action.
Paper packaging may not be the most environmentally friendly material in terms of recycling. According to a study, recycling paper uses four times as much water and energy as recycling plastic.
Regarding weight, the paper package will normally weigh more when comparing two identically sized packets constructed of plastic and paper. Paper packaging might not be as space-efficient as plastic, necessitating the use of more delivery vehicles.
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