Sustainable packaging is part of the corporate DNA
But views began to change some time ago. “A very clear trend is now visible: Our customers want to move away from plastic and use as little of it as possible. Ideally, no plastic will be used in packaging any more five to ten years from now,” says Patric Buck, Head of Innovation at the packaging specialist Rondo. Like Dividella, Rondo is part of the Körber Business Area Pharma. Both of these companies are pioneers when it comes to sustainable production chains. This issue has had a high priority for more than 40 years. Sustainable packaging is, in a sense, part of their DNA.
There’s still quite a way to go until the entire sector no longer needs plastic for its packaging, especially for the pharmaceutical industry’s primary packaging, which directly contains the medication. The good news is that initial alternatives already exist. Examples include organic materials such as compostable bags as well as fungi and certain bamboo species that are already being used in other industrial sectors to develop packaging materials. One of the many challenges that the packaging experts at Körber enjoy focusing on is to make these materials meet market needs while also being financially attractive for customers.