If you’ve read anything recent about the paper industry, you’ll know the market has been fluctuating the last few years.
Paper mills have especially had a tough time: low profits, price increases, fluctuations in demand.
Now an idea that has been discussed for years is finally taking the market by storm: sustainability.
With the global warming crisis bringing attention to the environment, consumers have become more aware of how products they buy are affecting the world they live in.
To satisfy consumer preferences, companies around the world are following suit.
And paper mills are taking notice.
Many have taken initiatives to go green and switch production of standard plastic packaging to more sustainable packaging.
Converting these machines is an undertaking of large investments, time, and innovation. When working with these new materials, producers have to be aware of:
- Developing the right packaging solution
- Offering recyclable replacement options
- Offering a lower carbon footprint
- Creating packaging with sufficient barrier properties
Now industries that use these mills, like the pressure-sensitive label industry, are having to compete for use of these machines. And time equals money.
So if plastic is being pushed out of production, how is the machinery in these mills being used?
Two words: renewable packaging.
These alternative, environmentally friendly materials are flourishing in the current global market.