Opening Thursday February 22, 2018, the Museum of Brands' new display, Pack the Future, focuses on the topic of sustainable packaging.
Packaging is at the forefront of the debate surrounding environmental sustainability today. Much of the packaging we buy on a daily basis is thrown away after a single use. The media is placing more focus than ever on the harmful effect packaging, especially plastic, is having on the environment.
Currently, packaging is a fundamental part of our society. It protects and preserves, extends shelf and storage life, facilitates the transport of goods and provides information.
Packaging can be more effective through innovation, and brands continually evaluate their choice of packaging material, making refillable packs, improving recyclability and by concentrating the product itself so less resources are used. All this helps to reduce energy, waste and carbon footprint.
The sustainable packaging debate has to take a broader view including packaging’s role in society, creating a recycling infrastructure, and most critically consumer choice and consumer behavior. For example, with no national recycling system in the UK, and each council running its own initiative, it can be a challenge for consumers to know which packaging is recyclable.
The items in this display are examples of new innovations by brands and packaging technologists aiming to limit packaging’s burden on the environment. With more information on the complex issues surrounding sustainability and packaging, we aim to open the debate on how to ‘Pack the Future’.
Chris Griffin, CEO of Museum of Brands, said: ‘Sustainability is a core subject for today’s society and one the Museum updates on and presents to audiences regularly. This exhibit in partnership with ThePackHub allows us to explore the very latest technological advances in sustainable packaging that are available to consumers with the aim of stimulating further debate on complex questions surrounding sustainability.’
Click here to read Andy Thomas' recent feature on the Museum of Brands.