The topic of sustainability and ecology is currently very relevant all over the world. The increase in environmental pollution and the huge amount of plastic used have become one of the major ecological problems that must be paid attention to. In order to be a responsible manufacturer, taking into account the direction of our activities and responding to ecological problems, we take measures and actions that help reduce the impact of the company’s activities on nature and the environment. We believe that every packaging manufacturer must not only look for advanced, less harmful packaging solutions, but also educate their customers about the possibility of such a choice. Today, we can offer our customers not only recyclable packaging, but also packaging that uses less raw materials than usual and has the same quality as standard packaging.

By cooperating with KTU (Kaunas University of Technology) and MITA (Science, Innovation and Technology Agency), we ensured our customers that the supplied products met the latest requirements for optimal packaging.

The project “Management of packaging and packaging waste supplied to the domestic market in accordance with Lithuanian sustainable standards “AZ-Pack, UAB, in the company system” was financed by the European Regional Development Fund, under the Economic Growth Action Program “Scientific research and technological development for economic competitiveness and economic growth development”, implementation measures VP2-1.3-ŪM-05-K “Inočekiai LT”.

The entire project was prepared in accordance with the requirements specified in the Law on Packaging and Packaging Waste Management of the Republic of Lithuania, and relevant legal acts. During the implementation of the project, various tests were carried out, which are defined as necessary by the EU directive, the harmonized standards of the Republic of Lithuania and other legal acts: tests determining the vibration effect, compression, the lower thermal value of the packaging mass, and tests on the puncture resistance of product packaging. After summarizing the research that was carried out during the implementation of the project “Management of packaging supplied to the domestic market and packaging waste in accordance with Lithuanian sustainable standards in the company AZ-Pack, UAB, system”, preventive measures to reduce the consumption of raw materials in the company were also discussed.

Clearly defined sustainable standards made it possible to re-evaluate the alternative vacuum packaging offered on the market and the materials used in their production. Based on the main criteria that allow us to judge the quality and uniqueness of the product, we can reasonably assess whether the packaging meets the intended requirements, the definition of optimal packaging. Based on scientific research, the indicators of the strength, oxygen and water vapor, carbon dioxide permeability of the film used for the production of packaging provide a completely new understanding of quality packaging.

Packaging waste management

The requirements indicate that a package will have to be in compliance not only with all European Union packaging and packaging waste directives, but also with the requirements of the Harmonized Standards:

  • the packaging has to be optimum – made from a minimum quantity of materials and filled to maximum capacity (RL Standard LST EN 13428:2006);
  • total concentration of heavy metals, such as lead, mercury, and hexavalent chromium, shall not exceed 100 ppm of the packaging weight (RL Standard LST 1655:2002);
  • chemical substances or preparations content in packaging shall have to be decreased down to the smallest sufficient amount (RL Standard LST CEN/TR 13695-2:2004);
  • the possibilities for reusing, composting, the incineration of packaging have been evaluated (RL Standard LST EN 13429:2007/ LST EN 13430:2007/ LST EN 13431:2007/ LST EN 13432:2007).
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