According to a Global Data report released in January, sustainability was set to be the biggest trend of 2020. The beginning of the year saw packaging news dominated by stories related to helping the environment and becoming as sustainable as possible.
In the packaging industry, many companies were switching to eco-friendly alternatives and coming up with innovative technology to help the environment. Plastic waste became a hot topic, and debates arose over the issues is raised. Edible or biodegradable packaging was widely discussed as alternatives.
However, as the Covid-19 coronavirus outbreak became a pandemic, coverage began shifting away from sustainability and towards the virus and its impact on the world. Since March, countries across the globe have implemented lockdowns and social distancing rules to attempt to stop the spread of the virus.
During this pandemic, has sustainability taken a backseat to stop the virus spreading and save lives? Packaging Gateway looks into some debates surrounding sustainability that have arisen.