Complying with Regulations

  • Helen Lewis


Around the world, packaging is subject to a wide range of environmental regulations, voluntary standards and codes of practice. While these vary greatly, there are common themes and expectations to be considered in the packaging design process: environmental design, resource efficiency (materials and energy), reduction in toxic substances, end-of-life recovery, use of recycled materials, restrictions on plastic bags and some takeaway food containers, and responsible environmental labelling. These should be addressed in the packaging design process, as well as specific regulatory requirements in end-markets, to be well prepared to meet current and future regulatory obligations. Appendix C: matrix of international regulations, policies and standards provides a detailed guide to packaging regulations and standards, by region and country, as a resource to support the packaging design process.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Centre for DesignRMIT UniversityMelbourneAustralia

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