Future of Packaging
Release Date: Each February
Learn the facts about plastic and develop a sustainable packaging strategy for your business
With around one third of our food wasted and in the context of the ongoing scandal of plastic pollution, the packaging used for our food and drinks is the source of critical problems and potential solutions for achieving a more sustainable society. The aim of this module is to assess the challenges and opportunities around packaging, and to provide businesses with the tools to develop their own packaging strategies.
The course will consist of a series of lectures and guided learning focused on:
List of Units
|Product security and safety||
Accidental and deliberate contamination and damage and how packaging reduces the risks
How packaging can affect customer choices and drive sales
The carbon cost of producing packaging
Investigated impacts, from micro-plastics in the sea to litter in parks
The economics of packaging, from the cost of production to the storage space taken up by packaged products
|Governing packaging sustainability||
Who is and who should be responsible for improving packaging sustainability? What drivers are there for improvement?
|Circular economy solutions||
Packaging and the waste hierarchy; extending the packaging value chain
|Packaging in the future||
As new technology transforms our food supply systems, what is the role of packaging in the future?
Exploring real world examples of packaging challenges and solutions
|Dr Richard Kipling|