A Guide to Packaging Material Flows and Terminology

January 2020

Type: PDF
Published: 2009

The guide defines the major packaging materials and introduces the various terms and synonyms that are applied to the materials during the life cycle phases of production, use and collection, and reprocessing. Additionally, it presents the current life cycle of each material in graphic form to demonstrate the flow of the packaging material from resource extraction to its eventual fate at end-of-life, highlighting the existing gaps standing in the way of an ideal closed-loop system.