Sustainability is meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs.
The concept of sustainability is comprised of three pillars: economic, environmental and social - also known informally as profits, planet and people.
In general, the broad goals of sustainable packaging are:
- Functional – Product protection, safety, regulatory compliance, etc.
- Cost effective – if it is too expensive, it is unlikely to be used
- Support long-term human and ecological health