On the cusp of a circular revolution

We have reached an important crossroads in how we foster system-wide change towards sustainability as a society, with consequences in terms of what we need to focus on to deliver on this agenda and how we manage this operationally.

A marked shift in consumer awareness and a rapidly changing regulatory environment are driving major change. Companies are responding to this by setting ambitious goals to make their operations and products more sustainable. Those with the right focus are already thinking of ways to design circularity into their systems and products from the beginning, and using innovation as the key to unlocking sustainability.

For the global food packaging industry, this is a time of tremendous opportunity. With today’s digital breakthroughs, the industry as a whole can harness this momentum to reconsider what can be achieved, how, by when and with whom.

With 100 years of history and a strong Nordic heritage in sustainable food on-the-go and food on-the shelf packaging solutions, we at Huhtamaki are committed to making packaging more circular, with a lower carbon footprint and embedding sustainability in everything we do.

But we also believe that no single organization holds all the answers.

Packaging circularity involves everything from raw material (to start), design, production and disposal to recycling, recovery and reuse.

To address the challenges we face—and gain perspective on their true size and scope—all stakeholders must cooperate across the value chain. Only together can we continue to protect the health and safety of consumers and the wellbeing of the planet, and deliver sustainable innovation for generations to come. Together we can learn from one another and dare to make a difference where it matters.

One risk in trying to solve such complicated problems is the so-called progress paradox: decisions that might seem progressive can have unintended consequences and end up hurting the cause. In some cases, these decisions can even make matters worse.

Through this platform, we want to openly address these issues and move towards finding solutions. By reflecting differing viewpoints from a range of contributors—such as leaders from academia, business, the European Parliament, NGOs and other key institutions—we hope to move the circularity dialogue forward, contribute to a common understanding, and help create general conditions for circular businesses to flourish—together.

Think Future. Think Circle.

 

Thomasine Kamerling
Executive Vice President, Sustainability and Communications, Huhtamaki

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