PreZero’s new online tool, PreZero SPOT, has been designed to help packaging manufacturers and distributors save resources, cut down on packaging waste, and optimize their sustainable packaging designs by evaluating their own product portfolios.

SPOT stands for Sustainable Packaging Optimization Tool. It claims to tap into PreZero’s knowledge of manufacturing, retailing, and recycling, as well as smart digital analysis, to facilitate the creation of sustainability-minded packaging.

The browser-based tool examines the components of a pack – for example, its materials, inks, adhesives, and labels – to evaluate its recyclability and identify areas in which it can improve compliance with legislation. Targeted questions are directed at users to guide them through the evaluation process, with intuitive user guidance and ‘easy-to-follow’ training documents designed for easy use and operation with no expert knowledge necessary.

Furthermore, the tool can generate reports on an entire portfolio or individual assortment, and streamline product redesign and refinement by simulating the effects of potential changes to packaging components. Consulting services are also available upon request for further assistance in various aspects of the value chain, and Schwarz IT, STACKIT, and XM Cyber are built into PreZero SPOT for strengthened data security.

PreZero SPOT intends to help packaging manufacturers and distributors align with future requirements. For example, it anticipates the Packaging and Packaging Waste Regulation proposal’s expectation that only packaging exceeding a certain percentage of recyclability can be placed on the market from 2030 onwards.

Additionally, it aims to help companies avoid penalties and lower costs for license fees and charges in their transitions into sustainability-minded packaging, even as consumer demand increases. PreZero also hopes that its tool communicates its goal of preserving resources and protecting the environment.

“The tool allows companies to determine the recyclability of their packaging and supports their sustainable future development,” explains Alexander Root, managing director Sustainable Packaging at PreZero International. “This not only ensures compliance with political requirements, but also makes a positive contribution to a functioning circular economy.

“As part of the Schwarz Group, the experts at PreZero understand the requirements of manufacturers, retailers, and waste management companies. This makes us a strong advisor and partner for manufacturers and distributors in both the circular economy and the packaging industry.”

In a similar development, CEFLEX and Recyda’s ‘Design Check’ tool seeks to unite designers, technologists, customers, and suppliers of flexible packaging in the industry-wide pursuit of more sustainable packaging.

Meanwhile, Test Valley Packaging and Wastepack have launched an online hub to offer accurate and up-to-date information about EPR requirements to affected businesses.

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