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If you play an active role in Europe’s consumer goods supply chain, we recommend you read the Retail Forum’s* latest issue paper on Packaging optimisation.

Considering the size and breadth of this market, the paper gives a concise overview of the life cycle of packaging as part of a product, backed up with some useful statistics and graphs which illustrate trends in production, consumption and waste.

Some would argue that ‘sustainability’ is an overused word, attached to all manner of topics and industries. But during the International Week of Forests, the message that Europe’s forests are truly sustainable and are being well maintained by the forest-based industries was somewhat of a surprise to journalists and MEPs present.

We are pleased to report that the recent implementation of the Waste Framework Directive into Spanish law reinforces and defines the concept of sustainable packaging. It requires public administrations to approve waste prevention programmes before 12 December 2013.

Within these programmes, public administrations need to evaluate the effectiveness of all prevention measures in force. I’m delighted to see that corrugated board is cited as best practice encouraging its use as a good example of a renewable, recyclable and biodegradable material.