In the summer of 2019, CPMA surveyed members of the Plastics Packaging Working Group on the usage of plastic materials for produce packaging. Subsequent analysis, supported by the evaluation of domestic and international developments and trends in packaging1, resulted in the creation of the CPMA Preferred Plastics Guide – May 2020 edition. Intended to help inform and support CPMA members in their packaging decision making processes, the CPMA Preferred Plastics Guide will be updated as developments in packaging materials, design and recycling capabilities warrant.
Unfavourable: Due to a lack of recyclability or effective reuse, CPMA members will seek to eliminate or replace the identified plastics by a defined period.
Minimize: Although some recyclability or reuse may be possible, CPMA members will investigate alternatives or substitution for the identified plastics, or continue their use where required.
Preferred: Given the potential or existing capability to recycle or reuse, CPMA members will continue to use the identified plastics and consider them as viable replacements for plastics identified as “unfavourable.”
Packaging Design and Form Factors
Plastic Substitutes, Bioplastics and Renewable-based Packaging Materials
Source: Adapted from Tesco Preferred Materials List (2019)