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Today’s environmental challenges are enormous in both their severity and scope. Climate change and globalization, rapid urbanization, demographic changes and their effects: these are huge trends that are dramatically shaping our world.
 
One of the key challenges is how we meet the enormous demand of a growing population for essential items such as food, health care and personal care products, while preserving resources and protecting our climate.

Partnering with our customers to tackle environmental and social challenges

Our decades long investment in sustainable packaging helps our customers save billions of dollars and reduce their environmental impact.    We focus on creating packaging solutions that support our customers to achieve energy efficiency, lower emissions, transition to more renewable resources, and use energy and water in more efficient and cost-effective ways.

A solution as unique as your product

We consider the design and development of packaging from a holistic view to create the most sustainable solutions for our customers, end consumers and the environment.   There is no ‘one size fits all’ solution to packaging. For many people, choosing packaging that can be recycled can seem like the most sustainable option but this isn’t always true. There are many elements that need to be considered, such as trade‐offs in material use, protecting food, material choice and recycling.    When considering sustainability in packaging, Amcor will work with you using life cycle assessments to assess the overall environmental performance of your package. This enables us to consider the whole life cycle, from cradle to grave, and include the impacts of:

  • raw material sourcing
  • manufacturing
  • the product to be packaged
  • pack shape, materials and weight
  • transportation
  • distribution
  • post‐use recovery or disposal.

By examining the many factors in each step, we can assess the product’s overall environmental impact.   You can read more about the life cycle considerations that are evaluated as we work with you to look at the whole of the supply chain: from basic function, to marketing, and then through to end of life and rebirth.

Highlights: Sustainability + Innovation

Our holistic approach to innovating for sustainability is driving incremental, yet powerful advances in the way we create packaging. Here are just a few examples: In 2013, we helped our customer, UK baking company Hovis, reduce by 75% the carbon footprint of their bread bags by switching the bag material to a renewable sugar cane plastic

  • Our new, breakthrough manufacturing process for producing bottles, LiquiForm, could reduce manufacturing costs by anywhere from a few percent to greater than 10%*
  • In 2013, we redesigned a 64‐oz PET bottle to cut weight from the standard 68 grams to 59 grams, a 13.2% reduction
  • The weight of a coffee sachet used throughout Asia was reduced by 45% using Amcor’s MetSeal technology, which enables products to be protected without the use of foil, lowering carbon emissions and the carbon footprint of the packaging by 40%
  • We helped our customer Method create a new bottle for laundry detergent made entirely out of post-consumer recycled plastic. The solution reduced by 78% the package’s life cycle energy consumption and lowered its carbon footprint by 35% compared to using a virgin PET alternative.

By combining your specific industry and product knowledge with the expertise of Amcor’s sustainability experts, we can discover the most innovative and sustainable packaging solution that appeals to your consumer, meets your business needs, and is the best outcome for our planet.

FOCUS ON ASIA: Consumer conscience drives demand for sustainable packaging

The world is experiencing the greatest economic shift in history as the global middle class is forecast to grow by over a billion people in the next 10 years. More than 85 percent of middle class growth is expected from the Asia-Pacific region.
 
With China and India leading the charge, more than 90% of the world's middle class will live in emerging markets by 2030, up from 50% today.
 
While this new wealth represents a huge growth opportunity for retailers, it is also creating new resource and environmental stresses – making it more pressing than ever before for all businesses to re-examine, re-define and communicate corporate responsibility in Asia.
 
Asian consumer attitudes to business in society are changing- more than four in ten Chinese and nearly three in ten Indonesians now expect companies to go beyond their traditional economic role and actively help create a better society.
 
With local sustainability, R&D and innovation experts working across Asia, Amcor understands the unique requirements for the region’s packaging. This includes the challenges introduced through extreme weather and transportation conditions.
 
Amcor can support you to explore sustainable solutions, including light weighting, shelf-life extension, manufacturing efficiencies, end of use management and partnership.
 
We’re ready to partner with you to create packaging that meets the demands of your consumers and your supply chain, using less of the world’s resources.

 

Stories of innovation

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The total cost savings depend on the current energy consumption from using high‐pressure air, labour, maintenance and infrastructure cost reductions from eliminating the air compressor and combining the blow‐molder and filler. It also includes the potential elimination of the palletizing, transporting and de‐palletizing of empty containers when made off site.