2018 in review: The top stories of the year

2018 in review

2018 in review: This year saw a flurry of activity in plastics, largely fueled by concerns around the rapidly rising levels of plastic waste seeping into the environment. Huge strides were made in respect to sustainability, including high profile, strategic collaborations which attracted some of the largest names in the business. Innovative biodegradable and compostable materials sprouted in parallel to rising anti-plastic sentiment. However, some notable mergers, such as Amcor and Bemis, signaled that plastic has a future, while the material was also defended for its net environmental credentials. Changing consumer consumption habits also led to the rapid development of packaging for developing sectors, notably e-commerce, as well as technological advances in intelligent packaging.