November 3, 2022

The Canadian Produce Marketing Association releases produce packaging design rules

The Canadian Produce Marketing Association (CPMA) has released nine design rules for plastic packaging tailored specifically for the fresh produce sector.

CPMA has been actively supporting initiatives that aim to reduce plastic waste, increase recycling and transition toward a circular economy for plastics in Canada.

In 2019, CPMA created a Plastics Packaging Working Group to identify a path forward to address the use of plastics within the produce sector. The Association is also a partner of the Canada Plastics Pact (CPP), an organization that is tackling plastic waste and pollution.

With the support of its partners including CPMA, CPP released Golden Design Rules for Plastics Packaging in 2021 which have provided the framework for CPMA’s produce plastic packaging rules.

“Navigating the process of developing sustainable packaging can be complicated and challenging,” says Ron Lemaire, CPMA president. “This new tool has been developed to enable produce companies within our supply chain to make decisions specific to their business.”

CPMA’s rules aim to provide the fresh produce sector guidance to reduce the environmental impacts of produce primary packaging and of business-to-business produce packaging. They are voluntary and will be updated on a regular basis.

Visit the CPMA website to learn more about the nine design rules for produce plastic packaging at Nine design rules for produce plastic packaging.

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