Due to the needs of the chemical industry, in the polymer industry, as well as in the packaging industry, time and resources are being invested for the research and development of new materials.
The basis of innovation in the packaging industry lies on the development of new materials with improved properties, more sustainable and economically viable, which in turn continue to meet the requirements necessary to perform the basic function of the container: contain, protect and conserve, inform and facilitate its distribution.
Among the trends detected within the sector of food packaging and packaging, the most important could be summarized as follows:
- Sustainable cost: reduction of packaging materials by decreasing the number of materials used and the thickness of them, eliminating layers and seeking the use of cheaper packaging materials to achieve a balance between cost and properties.
- New functionalities: active and intelligent packaging giving the container a dynamic function in a way that interacts with the product or with the consumer, in order to extend the shelf life of the packaged product, reduce the number of preservatives added to food, or inform about the conditions of them.
- Alternative sources that are more respectful with the environment: biodegradable packaging that covers the consumer's demands towards a more ecological and environmentally sustainable consumption, through the use of materials from natural sources or from agricultural residues.
- Increase in added value, new applications: The application of nanotechnology in packaging, opens a new dimension of certain materials using the same in order to improve their properties, especially barrier properties, or thermal resistance.
- Biopackaging or ecopackaging: a sustainable commitment with our packaging materials and the future of the new world materials. Below I attach some research: