Safety, environmental protection, green these words become the key words of packing! With the increasing awareness of safety and the improvement of environmental protection standards, consumers are paying more and more attention to the health and safety performance of packing belts. In order to guarantee the hygienic safety performance of packing materials, it is necessary to rely on the wide application of various green and safe plastic additives. Therefore, experts in the industry stated that safety and environmental protection plasticizers, heat stabilizers, adhesives, solventless inks/water-based inks, etc. will become market-selling products in the coming years.
Jiang Pingping, professor of the School of Chemistry and Materials Engineering at Jiangnan University, said that since the 1990s, a number of regulations relating to phthalate plasticizers have been issued successively in the international community, restricting plastics that require high hygienic requirements. Application in products. China's “Hygienic Standards for the Use of Additives for Food Containers and Packaging Materials” (GB9685-2008) also limits the migration of certain plasticizers, replacing phthalates with environmentally-friendly plasticizers such as vegetable oils and fats. Plasticizers are the trend of the times. With the increase of environmental protection standards, the market volume of non-toxic and safe plasticizers will increase.
The greening of the packaging belt is not only reflected in the product itself, but also the VOCs emitted during the production process are increasingly restricted. With the implementation of China's "Action Plan for Prevention and Control of Atmospheric Pollution," packing and printing companies face severe challenges. "Undoubtedly, in the future, packaging inks containing benzene and ketones will surely no longer be usable. The market is heading towards water-based inks, solvent-free inks, and UV-curable inks. However, at present, these new products are still in short supply in China. Whether it is a species or a quantity cannot meet the market demand, said Chen Yu, head of the expert group of the China Film Association Composite Film Special Committee.
Curing "white pollution" biodegradable plastic favored
Most of the packaging materials are disposable products and have a short life span. In order to reduce the impact of packaging waste (commonly known as “white pollution”) on the environment, the reduction of waste has become one of the development directions of the packaging belt. In the reduction process, biodegradable materials play a leading role.
According to Weng Yunxuan, secretary general of the National Standardization Technical Committee of Biobased Materials and Degradable Products, with the increasingly severe environmental problems, the application of biodegradable materials in packaging has received more and more respect and attention. In recent years, developed countries in Europe and the United States have been biodegrading. Material demand has maintained a rapid growth.
According to ASD's latest research report, the market demand for biodegradable baling tapes will maintain an average annual growth rate of more than double digits between 2013 and 2019. By 2019, the global market value of biodegradable baling tapes will exceed US$8.415 billion. The report predicts that food and beverage packaging will be the main application areas for biodegradable plastics. Polylactic acid and starch-based plastics will continue to dominate the biodegradable packaging market. Biodegradable plastics used for food packaging account for over 70% of the total.
Industry insiders said that compared with petroleum-based polymer materials, due to the high cost, biodegradable materials currently produced in China are mainly used for export. With the improvement of environmental laws and regulations, as well as the increased awareness of environmental protection by consumers, the market size of domestic biodegradable packaging tapes is also expanding, and biodegradable materials will usher in more opportunities for development during the “13th Five-Year Plan” period.
Lightweight packaging belts can ease people’s concerns about environmental protection and sustainable development. More and more people choose products that are better packaged, produce faster, have stronger packaging, and reduce weight. Today’s companies sell products in large quantities. At the same time, a small reduction in the amount of resin used on each package can bring considerable economic benefits to the company. In particular, under the premise that the price of resin materials has never been raised before, more and more companies are increasingly sending lightweight packages. interest.
As people continue to improve their living environment and environmental quality, green, environmentally friendly, low-carbon strapping will be more and more respected by people. Plastic packaging belts have been further developed in the fields of industrial packaging, pharmaceutical packaging, building material packaging, cosmetics packaging, etc. with the focus on food packaging, and its use scope and prospects will be more and more broad.