Beauty and personal care packaging remains resilient globally, driven by Asia. But as lifestyles evolve, packaging innovation will need to address changing consumer values, with wellness and sustainability key priorities.
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German consumers are increasingly switching from bottled water to tap water. Not only is tap water seen as the more sustainable alternative, but bottled water is becoming a more political issue. Rising competition from tap water is placing pressure on soft drinks as consumers see the increasing appeal of counter-top appliances such as SodaStream that make carbonated water at home possible.
Coffee pods have long been a target of criticism from environmentalists. This has done little to slow their growth though, and they remain one of the fastest-growing segments of global coffee. While single-serve undoubtedly has a serious packaging problem, it is more efficient than rival formats in coffee waste and energy use. That means if the packaging dilemma can be solved, pods could one day become the most sustainable format of coffee.
PET bottles account for the bulk of soft drinks by volume sales and forecast growth in Southeast Asia. The sheer volume of PET bottles in beverage packaging makes finding sustainable alternatives a key priority among beverage players in Southeast Asia.
Concern for sustainability has been on the rise among Vietnamese consumers in recent years, buoyed by increased awareness and concern for the environment. While attitudes towards sustainability still may not be as strong as compared to Western Europe, an increase in prominence of sustainable beverage packaging in Vietnam is reflective of the growing sustainability trend.
The Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has caused massive disruption to lifestyles, industries and the type of sustainability priorities for companies both globally and in Southeast Asia. In the immediate period, beverage companies have prioritised social issues such as employee wellbeing and community support ahead of the usual environmental issues such as sustainable packaging. This trend could continue for some time, before a gradual shift back to environmental priorities, as company continue working towards their longer-term sustainability goals.