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Future of Packaging

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.

Content

The course will consist of a series of lectures and guided learning focused on:

List of Units

Product quality

The role of packaging in improving the product delivered to the customer and reducing food waste

Product security and safety

Accidental and deliberate contamination and damage and how packaging reduces the risks

Marketing

How packaging can affect customer choices and drive sales

GHG emissions

The carbon cost of producing packaging

Environmental impact

Investigated impacts, from micro-plastics in the sea to litter in parks

Economic costs

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?

Case studies

Exploring real world examples of packaging challenges and solutions

Tutors

Tutors Name
Dr Richard Kipling