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The Role of Food Packaging Design in Consumer Recycling Behavior—A Literature Review
Högskolan i Borås, Akademin för textil, teknik och ekonomi. (Resource Recovery)ORCID-id: 0000-0003-1855-7547
2019 (Engelska)Ingår i: Sustainability, E-ISSN 2071-1050, E-ISSN 2071-1050, Vol. 11, nr 16, artikel-id 4350Artikel i tidskrift (Refereegranskat) Published
Abstract [en]

Household waste sorting at the source is an essential part of the waste management system in many countries. Correct sorting of this waste, including food packaging waste, is cost-effective, it facilitates the recycling process and enhances the quality of the recycled product. Although there is a growing body of research that studies the effect of different attributes of food packaging on household recycling behavior, the effect of these attributes on the sorting of the food packaging waste is not well known. This contribution reviews work that studies the relationship between attributes of food packaging and consumer sorting behavior. The review highlights the potential of the visual attributes and the quality of packaging as a communication channel for encouraging consumers to sort the food packaging waste. The efficiency of the waste management system and the quality of recycled products can hence be affected by the proper design of food packaging.

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Switzerland: MDPI, 2019. Vol. 11, nr 16, artikel-id 4350
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food packaging, packaging design, packaging waste, sorting behavior, household waste
Nationell ämneskategori
Miljövetenskap
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Resursåtervinning
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hb:diva-21743DOI: 10.3390/su11164350ISI: 000484472500094Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85070734878OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hb-21743DiVA, id: diva2:1352473
Tillgänglig från: 2019-09-18 Skapad: 2019-09-18 Senast uppdaterad: 2022-06-14Bibliografiskt granskad
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1. Elucidating the Influence of Food Packaging Attributes on Source-separation of Food Packaging Waste at Home
Öppna denna publikation i ny flik eller fönster >>Elucidating the Influence of Food Packaging Attributes on Source-separation of Food Packaging Waste at Home
2020 (Engelska)Licentiatavhandling, sammanläggning (Övrigt vetenskapligt)
Abstract [en]

The global amount of waste generated by households, including food packaging waste, has been increasing continuously across the world, posing a massive threat to societies and the environment. Proper waste management, therefore, has become a challenging environmental issue and a priority for governments. Along with the technological advances, such as material recovery technologies, more stress has been placed on the strategies for moving away from disposal to waste prevention, separation, and recycling. Considerable efforts are being made to not only limit the overall production and the negative impact of waste on the environment and human health but also to minimize the cost of waste management. Separation of wastes at the source (i.e., source separation) is an integral part of such efforts toward enhancing the purity of collected waste and improving the quality of materials for recycling. Furthermore, sorting of waste as a habitual performance can serve as a practice for improving residents' recycling/sorting behavior. The packaging waste, including food packaging, forms a significant part of the municipal solid waste. The design of food packaging, therefore, has received a lot of attention as a useful tool to influence the consumers' sorting behavior, making it an interesting concept for research related to waste management. Presumably, the design of food packaging can meet consumers' sorting demands while being instructive and facilitating the sorting process, thus enhancing the recycling rate of the food packaging waste. Finding the ideal form of food packaging, however, requires an in-depth understanding of the packaging-consumer interactions throughout the sorting process. Considering the different characteristics of food packaging, it is expected that different food packages tend to influence a consumer in different ways. Nevertheless, the current knowledge is somewhat too general to be used by packaging developers to improve the sorting of the food packaging. Hence, the present thesis aims to provide a more in-depth insight into the influence of food packaging, as a product and service provider, on the consumer's/user's decision-making on sort of food packaging waste. The results assert that packaging to be sorted properly requires proper design to manifest its sorting related abilities such as easy to empty, easy to clean, and easy to fold, for the consumer. Selecting material, visual attributes, form, and function can amplify or reduce these sorting abilities of food packaging.

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Sweden: Academic Publications, 2020. s. 66
Serie
Skrifter från Högskolan i Borås, ISSN 0280-381X ; 103
Nyckelord
Household waste, packaging attributes, packaging waste, consumer's recycling behavior
Nationell ämneskategori
Naturresursteknik
Forskningsämne
Resursåtervinning
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urn:nbn:se:hb:diva-24007 (URN)978-91-88838-64-3 (ISBN)978-91-88838-65-0 (ISBN)
Presentation
2020-04-03, 501, Högskolan i Borås S-501 90 Borås Sverige, Borås, 14:54 (Svenska)
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Tillgänglig från: 2020-11-11 Skapad: 2020-11-03 Senast uppdaterad: 2020-11-11Bibliografiskt granskad
2. Food packaging design to support sorting behavior
Öppna denna publikation i ny flik eller fönster >>Food packaging design to support sorting behavior
2022 (Engelska)Doktorsavhandling, sammanläggning (Övrigt vetenskapligt)
Abstract [en]

Due to population growth, urbanization, higher income levels, and intensive use of packaging products, the amount of waste generated by households, including food packaging waste, has been increasing continuously worldwide, posing a massive threat to societies and the environment. Therefore, proper waste management has become a challenging environmental issue and priority for governments. Along with the advances in technical aspects, such as material recovery technologies, more pressure has been placed on the strategies to move from disposal to waste prevention and recycling. Considerable efforts are being made to limit the overall production and the negative impact of waste on the environment and human health, as well as minimize the cost of waste management. Separation of different waste fractions at the source (i.e., source separation) is an integral part of such efforts toward enhancing the homogeneity of collected waste and improving the quality of materials for recycling. Sorting waste as a regular activity can also serve as a practice for improving residents' sorting behavior. However, the benefits of source separation cannot be gained without actively participating in the sorting process, which depends on the perception of convenience and the easy-to-implement nature of the process. Therefore, the design of food packaging has become an interesting concept for research and has received a lot of attention as a means to influence the consumers' sorting behavior. This is because in some way, consumer behavior is shaped by products as much as products are shaped by consumer behavior. Considering the unique characteristics of food packaging, it is expected that different food packages tend to influence a consumer in different ways. Hence, applying proper design strategies requires an in-depth understanding of packaging-consumer interactions throughout the sorting process. However, the research in this field, except for a few, is too general and usually associated with the impractical experiences around packaging material and functions. Instead, a design-oriented approach should be considered, in addition to practical experience. This thesis, therefore, aims to unfold the packaging design potential to support sorting behavior. Furthermore, how is it possible to maintain and empower the user-packaging interaction by applying different design strategies? In this case, the potential of design approaches, namely the user-centered design (UCD), design for sustainable behavior (DfSB), and design affordance, have been discussed. Moreover, the advantages and opportunities of these methods to improve packaging design, thus influencing sorting behavior, are investigated using different research methodologies.

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Borås: Högskolan i Borås, 2022
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Skrifter från Högskolan i Borås, ISSN 0280-381X ; 129
Nyckelord
Household waste, design attributes, packaging waste, design approaches, sorting behavior, sustainability
Nationell ämneskategori
Miljövetenskap
Forskningsämne
Resursåtervinning
Identifikatorer
urn:nbn:se:hb:diva-27869 (URN)978-91-89271-66-1 (ISBN)978-91-89271-67-8 (ISBN)
Disputation
2022-09-02, C203 och Zoom, Allégatan 1, Borås, 10:00 (Engelska)
Opponent
Tillgänglig från: 2022-06-14 Skapad: 2022-05-12 Senast uppdaterad: 2022-09-22Bibliografiskt granskad

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