Sanjay Bhatia: Metal packaging is the most sustainable material

Sanjay Bhatia, president, Metal Container Manufacturers Association (MCMA), and managing director of Hindustan Tin Works addressed the gathering at the Responsible Packaging in Hotel The Lalit, Mumbai on 8 June. Bhatia pointed out that while plastic has become a vital part of everyday life, experts warn that its annual production could treble over current levels by 2060. He warned, “At the current recycling rate of 9% that would be a recipe for disaster."

03 Jul 2023 | By Abhay Avadhani

Bhatia: Refuse what you do not need; reduce what you do need; reuse what you consume; recycle what you cannot refuse, reduce, or reuse

Sanjay Bhatia started off his speech by complimenting the theme of the conference. “I feel that the theme chosen for the conference - Responsible packaging is highly relevant in today’s context.” He added, “Every stakeholder in the value chain like packaging raw material manufacturers, converting industries, brand owners and the consumers need to be responsible for the proper selection of packaging materials and its proper disposal mechanisms.”

The conference is structured by considering three aspects including optimal design, innovative materials and sustainable technologies. He said, “All the aspects are relevant as design of packaging and the selection of materials should be such that after disposal of post-consumed packaging wastes, these should be easily recyclable and in compliance with the environmental regulations.”

Bhatia pointed out that while plastic has become a vital part of everyday life, experts warn that its annual production could treble over current levels by 2060. He warned, “At the current recycling rate of 9% that would be a recipe for disaster. The only way out of this mess is to use less plastic and recycle more.”

He added that metal packaging is considered to be the most sustainable material in terms of durability, excellent barrier against ingress of moisture, and oxygen gases which are very important for processed food products. Additionally, he said, “This is the only packaging medium with zero waste during the conversion process.” He continued, “Even 100% scraps generated during conversion are reused to meet all the requirements towards circular economy.”

“I feel that the Foundation for Innovative Packaging and Sustainability (FIPS) over the period of the last three years, has really created an excellent platform for all kinds of packaging materials manufacturers. It aims to share their experience and expertise about the development of innovative materials and the kind of sustainable initiative taken by the individual companies to save the planet and to create a green environment,” Bhatia said.

Bhatia concluded his message by saying, “Refuse what you do not need; reduce what you do need; reuse what you consume; recycle what you cannot refuse, reduce, or reuse.”

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Which is the sustainable packaging product among MSMEs that is most popular?

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Which is the sustainable packaging product among MSMEs that is most popular?

Bagasse and biodegradable boxes

 

22.22%

Corrugated boxes

 

44.44%

Paper bags

 

33.33%

Recyclable plastic (bubble wraps, bio-plastic)

 

0%

Total Votes : 9

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