Aluminium Packaging

Guidelines for an eco-friendly design

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The goal of these guidelines is to highlight the relationship between choices made in the design of aluminum packaging and the management of aluminum packaging post-use, describing the effects on both the packaging and their specific components. As a matter of fact, it is quite important to understand, during the design phase of aluminum packaging, how such packaging will be managed in a post-use phase aimed at recycling. This work is designed to stimulate and inform designers on how design choices can lead to the optimization of packaging, taking into account the management of post-use processes and recycling, bearing in mind the fact that aluminum packaging could be produced and re-used multiple times in a “closed loop” system. In brief, the reader is provided with a global picture of the aluminum and packaging production system, with its technical and environmental performance therefore highlighting the peculiarities of the material, whose infinite life cycle is characterized by its continuous use in a “metal loop”, endless and emblematic of the systems and principles at the core of a circular economy. The Guidelines can, of course, also be applied to other functions, such as production, marketing or sales, to forward an understanding of the relationships between packaging, products and customers, from a perspective of sustainable development. Moreover, another goal of this work is igniting an interactive process with and among producers and users of aluminum packaging, aimed at optimizing the packaging system with an understanding of new needs and opportunities the companies themselves can identify regarding environmental issues, a leading subject for today’s strategic choices and marketing.

Consorzio Imballaggi Alluminio – CiAl

CiAl is the Italian national consortium in charge of recycling aluminum packaging collection from Italian municipalities through separate collection of municipal waste.

The ten principles for a sustainable design of packaging




Regulations and in-depth analysis

Production and manufacturing processes of aluminium
Overview on aluminium production and its manufacturing
Primary production of aluminium
Secondary production or recycling
Aluminium processing

Types of aluminium packaging
Semi-rigid products
Other types of packaging in composite material with aluminium
Additional components

Designing aluminium packaging
1st CRITERION – Designing for purpose
2nd CRITERION – Designing for resource efficiency
3rd CRITERION – Designing with low impact materials
4th CRITERION – Designing for resource recovery
Design example: Spray cans

Prevention and management of packaging waste scenario
Management and recycling of packaging waste
Aluminium life cycle

References, Legislation, Tecnichal standards

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Imballaggi in alluminio
Linee guida per una progettazione ecosostenibile
di Consorzio Imballaggi Alluminio – CiAl
Pubblicazione 2018
Pagine 64
Scaricato: 13 volte
Pubblicazione: 2018
Numero pagine: 64
Formato originale: 15X21


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