How the European Parliament and the Council can develop rules for a more pragmatic and realistic introduction of reuse

The EU is set to move towards a circular economy for beverage packaging. In just a couple of weeks, Members of the Environment Committee in the European Parliament will vote on their amendments to the EU Packaging and Packaging Waste Regulation (PPWR). In parallel, EU Member States are working towards adopting their position on this file by the end of the year. Among the key areas of attention in the PPWR is reuse and refill. It is absolutely critical that MEPs and Member States support sound measures that ensure that recycling, reuse and refill are complementary solutions, and reject proposals to increase the reuse and refill targets without further assessment of their environmental, economic and social impacts.

Will the European Parliament use the EU Packaging and Packaging Waste Regulation to set the right course for fully circular beverage packaging?

The EU is defining the future of circular beverage packaging as we speak. We have entered now an intense legislative cycle with thousands of amendments being tabled by the European Parliament to the proposal for an EU Packaging and Packaging Waste Regulation (PPWR).

EU policy support is pivotal to industry’s ability to offer more sustainable packaging and support healthier lifestyles

When Unesda, representing the European soft drinks sector, became one of the first signatories of the EU Code of Conduct on Responsible Food Business and Marketing Practices in 2021, it was a natural step in our ongoing journey to provide circular packaging and more beverage choices.

It’s crunch time for Parliament to support industry with circular beverage packaging

The transition towards circularity is well underway in Europe. It is shaping the way we design, produce and consume products, and also the way we manage disposal to ensure their sustainability.

How the industry and public authorities can support Europeans’ journey towards healthier lifestyles

There is no doubt that today’s citizens have become way more cautious about their food choices. Taste and price are no longer the only factors influencing purchasing decisions. The sustainability of food products, including their impact on the environment and nutritional value, is seen as increasingly important by Europeans.

Expecting to see more recycled soft drinks bottles in the EU? Let us first get the amount of recycled plastic we need!

Some may think I sound like a broken record. This is because, for more than a year, UNESDA Soft Drinks Europe, the European association representing soft drinks producers, has been insistently reporting a major problem faced by the European food and drink industry: the lack of availability of sufficient qualitative recycled PET for food and drink applications.

Spotlight on reusable solutions to deliver on waste reduction ambitions!

by Delphine Close, EU Policy Manager, UNESDA Soft Drinks Europe To reduce soft drinks packaging and packaging waste, a wide range of actions can be taken by European producers, consumers and decision-makers. First, producers have the responsibility to avoid the use of unnecessary packaging and to design all packaging in a way that allows its

Driving Europe towards a healthier soft drink environment

As we, Europe’s soft drinks sector, celebrate the one-year anniversary of our new and enhanced health and nutrition commitments, this seems a timely moment to take stock of our actions to create a healthier soft drink environment in Europe.

What’s next for beverage packaging? 2022 will be a year filled with opportunities to continue making beverage packaging fully circular!

by Delphine Close, EU Policy Manager, UNESDA Soft Drinks Europe Last week (20-28 November 2021) was the European week for waste reduction. What better time to reflect on the latest and upcoming developments in circular packaging? Our ambition at UNESDA is very clear, we want to decouple “beverage packaging” from “waste”. The reason is simple:

Celebrating the EU Code of Conduct: what voluntary commitments has UNESDA made?

by Helen Benson, Scientific and Regulatory Affairs Director, UNESDA The European Commission’s EU Farm to Fork conference today marks a timely point for all of us who are actively inputting to this groundbreaking strategy to pause and to reflect on what we have achieved so far. After all, it was only about a year and

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