Alternative Verpackungsarten: Innovation ermöglicht nachhaltigere Materialien - NIKIN EU

Alternative types of packaging: Innovation enables more sustainable materials

Packaging can be a problem for the environment. Especially if the materials used are difficult to recycle. That's why manufacturers are increasingly looking for new, sustainable materials and are finding them in the sea and, who would have thought, in sugar...

The common packaging materials in this country are paper/cardboard, aluminum, sheet metal and plastic. The latter has been subject to legal restrictions in the EU since July 3, 2021 . Consumers are also increasingly taking a critical stance towards conventional packaging. Manufacturers are therefore looking for new, sustainable materials. We would like to introduce these to you in this blog.


Plastic in the sea, aluminum promotes CO2

Aluminium and tinplate are particularly harmful to the environment and the climate. According to studies by Worldwatchers, aluminum packaging alone produces 7.57 kilograms of CO2 per kilogram of aluminum! Things are not much better for tinplate, where the pollutant emissions are still 3.11 kilograms. At first glance, plastic is better positioned. In the long term, however, this is ground into microplastics and ends up in soil and water. Ultimately, we find plastic along the entire food chain, including humans.

Plastik im Wasser schwimmend

Innovation in the packaging sector

It could also work differently. In addition to conventional glass, which is well suited for reuse, there are other natural and compostable materials. In addition to the all-time classic paper, this also includes these innovative solutions:

  • Bagasse: The raw material consists of sugar cane fibers, which are left over as a waste product during cane sugar production. They can be made into containers and paper. At the end of the life cycle, bagasse can simply be thrown into the compost. Sugar cane can also be used to make a plastic that is already being used for Tetra Paks. NIKIN has also been paper-free for several years and uses sugar cane for everything paper-like.
  • Palm leaf: The finished packaging made from palm leaf is just as environmentally friendly and robust as bagasse. In addition, palm leaf is suitable for disposable cups and plates. These can withstand multiple uses and also make a visual impression.
  • PLA: Plant-based plastic is another novel packaging material. The bioplastic is made from lactic acid, obtained from sugar and starch. Plastic bottles can be produced with half as much CO2 emissions as conventional PET bottles. After drinking, you can safely add the material to the green waste.
  • Algae: Containers made from seaweed are already in the testing phase. Manufacturers will hopefully be able to use the material for both food and liquids in the future. The great thing about the material is its flexibility in terms of size and shape. Likewise, the material should ideally be eaten at the end.

NIKIN: Where there is a will, there is a way!

Between natural plant fibers and products made from bio-plastic can be thus identifying a wide range of possible alternatives. A lot is possible if there is the will to change. As a consumer, you also have the opportunity to express your opinion and values ​​with your purchase decision. NIKIN also makes a contribution by, for example, completely eliminating plastic packaging for individual products and not using paper made from trees. You can read more about our commitment to sustainable packaging in this blog .

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