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In search of the perfect packaging: Central European Nations Handle plastic dilemma

The tourist city of Bled in Slovenia is famous for its beautiful lake, magnificent scenery – and because of its cream cakes!

But in contrast to some areas in central Europe, it is also ahead of the curve concerning recycling; lots of tourist places in the hotel city are prioritizing sustainable packing.

Rather than the often-used plastic boxes, the thought today is to use recyclable plastic and paper packaging. Both of these substances, which may be found united in a great deal of packaging, are extremely hard to recycle when they’re used together.

Andrej Klinar, Head of Revenue in confectioners Conditus D.O.O. at Bled states his firm are determined to Deal with his customers’ concerns about the problem:

“There is a large issue with waste, particularly with plastic and I believe that it would be quite positive from an ecological standpoint if it might be thrown completely into the compost, so it may then invisibly.”

The vision involves a paradigm change along the entire supply chain: from study to purchase.

András Ugrin, CEO of the family business Urginpack is among those companies that have been trialing the biodegradable paper and plastic combination packaging:

This past year we convinced some outlets in the Sziget Festival to combine our job and just use compostable cups and plates. We gathered the used cups and plates on-site and then ‐ together with our audience members’ machine ‐ we broke down it and ready to allow it to be compostable.

He is convinced Central Europe is moving in the Ideal direction on the problem:

“This component of Europe has a great deal of technical experience, also production experience. However, it does not use lots of sustainable products. It is lagging behind the western portion of Europe.

“We wanted to bring this together to encourage adoption, but also to view it as an economical opportunity to deliver this experience together.

“The dilemma is that paper and plastics are generally used together and they create great products. However, they then create an issue at the close of the lifetime of this item, (about) waste.

“We can’t recycle them it is tricky to do and this is a really real limit into the round market we’re attempting to contribute to.”

“We can see inside the job the very best practices and the way it can be carried out. So we’ve, say, Italy that is top and has a great deal of bioplastics manufacturing, and it’s a lot of sustainable goods available on the industry and we have Croatia: which has an issue with amassing bio-waste or composting, etc. That is the infrastructure that we will need to encourage a change just like that.”

“The matter is, you notify folks, they take it, they begin thinking about it, however, it requires just a bit more time to take action.

“You often see, let us say, a couple of years later a result. However, a very clear consequence, and it is very rewarding to find that.”