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

by Delphine Closet, 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

Europe’s soft drinks industry is committed to making the healthier choice, the easy choice

By Ian Ellington, president of UNESDA Soft Drinks Europe The sector is playing its part in creating a healthier and more sustainable food system in Europe but urgent action by all food sectors is required to achieve wider positive health impacts The global food system will face unprecedented health and environmental challenges in the coming

There’s no time to lose! Educating on the principles of circularity starts at a young age

By Nicholas Hodac, director general, UNESDA Soft Drinks Europe We are still not doing enough and I am equally responsible. In the EU, an estimated 41.5% of plastic packaging waste was recycled in 2018. That’s not bad and we do see a steady increase in recycling rates, but we can do much better. Unfortunately, when

Reducing packaging waste – let’s not lose the momentum

By Ornella Cosomati, EU Public Affairs Manager, PepsiCo & Chair of UNESDA Packaging WG & Tudy Bernier, Senior Policy Manager, UNESDA As we submitted UNESDA’s response to the Commission’s public consultation on reducing packaging waste last month, it got us thinking. This is a huge initiative - wide in scope and with the opportunity to

EU Code of Conduct offers the chance to showcase how public-private partnerships can deliver a healthier and more sustainable society

By Nicholas Hodac, director general, UNESDA Soft Drinks Europe The Farm to Fork’s proposal for an EU Code of Conduct for responsible business and marketing practices presents a golden opportunity for Europe to take a global lead in demonstrating the power of collective and collaborative public-private partnerships (PPP).  With a well-designed Code and Monitoring Framework the

DRS has the potential to deliver full circularity for beverage packaging in the EU

By Patricia Fosselard, Secretary General, EFBW and Nicholas Hodac, Director General, UNESDA Europe’s beverage sectors have long led the way in packaging sustainability and circularity. Over the past decades our industries have been actively involved in the setting-up and financing of packaging recovery organisations across the continent, and now PET drinks bottles have the distinction

Reducing packaging waste presents a huge opportunity for circularity – so let’s seize it

By Tudy Bernier, Senior Policy Manager, UNESDA   For our industry, packaging is a means to an end. Soft drinks companies use a range of different packaging materials and formats to meet different consumer demands and drinking occasions: aluminium, glass, plastics and cartons – and single-serve, multiserve, resealable packaging etc. The EU is now reviewing

Next generation Europe should be green and circular

By Nicholas Hodac, UNESDA Director General The COVID-19 pandemic has brought the essential nature of Europe’s food and drink industry into sharp focus. Despite the challenges of lockdowns and border closures over recent months, the sector has managed to maintain supply and ensure that the EU’s 450 million citizens continue to be fed and refreshed.

EU Farm to Fork Strategy – making healthier diets the easy choice

by Helen Benson, Regulatory Affairs Director, UNESDA The COVID-19 crisis has brought the essential nature of Europe’s food and drink industry into sharp focus. Despite the unprecedented challenges of lockdowns and restrictions on movement across the continent, the food and drink sector has managed to maintain supply and ensure that the EU’s 450 million citizens

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