The global market for folding cartons will be $136.7 billion in 2021, and as the market recovers from Covid-19 disruption, global demand will reach $172 billion in 2026, according to the latest market data from Smithers.

EcoCortec has released its new EcoShrink compostable film, a commercially compostable alternative to common plastic shrink wraps for use in industrial packaging applications.

With the growing need to replace fossil-based packaging materials with renewable ones, UPM Raflatac has introduced its new Forest Film label made from 100 per cent renewable wood-based raw materials.

According to Proseal, it has worked closely with both tray and film suppliers to stay ahead of the demand from retailers and consumers for environmentally-friendly packaging solutions.

Innovia Films has launched a new BOPP film in its Propafilm range of transparent specialty packaging options, with improved thermal resistance and shrinkage properties.

Global demand for PET and other rigid plastic packaging formats will accelerate through the second half of 2021, according to the most recent market analysis by Smithers.

Sappi will introduce new barrier coating technology at its speciality mill in Alfeld, Germany, strengthening its position as a leading global provider of sustainable paper packaging solutions through its functional paper packaging range.

Sidel is introducing the StarLITE HPC base, which is its new oval bottle base alternative for flat PET containers that helps achieve optimum performance and can also comply with recycled PET up to 100 per cent.

Parkside Flexibles has received Ireland’s Cre Accreditation for compostability and anaerobic digestion (AD) for its paper triplex containing NatureFlex as its barrier layer.

German chocolate company Alfred Ritter has switched to NexPlus barrier paper from Koehler Group for its Mini Mix pouches.

Grounded Packaging has launched a recyclable and carbon-negative sugarcane-based packaging, which offers food manufacturers the same high-barrier functionality as plastic.

Customised sorting developer Tomra, and V-Shapes, supplier of vertically integrated products and services for sustainable single-dose packaging, say the V-Shapes sachets are easily detected in the waste stream for proper sorting, thanks to their polypropylene construction.

Innovia Films is launching a new film in its Encore range of sustainable polypropylene packaging films, the REF30cn.

Mars Wrigley will partner with Danimer Scientific over the next two years to develop home compostable packaging for its range of products.

According to the latest market analysis from Smithers, flexible plastic, paper, and foil packaging will continue to see a steady rise in demand across the next five years.

The Association of European Producers of Steel for Packaging (APEAL), has announced its 2025 vision for recycling as part of Steel Awareness Week, a virtual event to showcase steel as the model material for a 21st century circular economy.