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The European Paper Packaging Alliance (EPPA) is a not-for-profit association promoting sustainability and circularity in the food and food service packaging sectors.

EPPA’s priority is to provide paper-based, low carbon and health-safe products with a low environmental impact and improved recycling solutions to the European population.

EPPA supports science-based EU policies that foster the sustainable and efficient use of resources, and recognises the major role that packaging, as an essential infrastructure, can play in the achievement of that common objective.

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The advantages of paper packaging

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Paper packaging is renewable

90% of the fibres used to create paper packaging come from sustainably
managed European forests.

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Paper packaging is recyclable

Paper packaging is easy to recycle and has the highest recycling rate among all packaging materials in the EU at 82%, according to the European Commission.

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Paper packaging contributes to waste reduction

Paper packaging contributes to food waste reduction through promoting fit to portion packaging and extending shelf life.

In Numbers

For dine-in in quick service restaurants, compared to paper-based single-use systems, reuse systems:

Generate

2.8

times more CO₂
equivalent emissions

Consume

3.4

times more
freshwater

Produce

2.2

times more fine
particulate matter

For takeaway in quick service restaurants, compared to paper-based single-use systems, reuse systems

Generate

91

additional CO₂
equivalent emissions

Consume

64

additional
freshwater

Produce

129

more fine
particulate matter

Latest News

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24 April 2024

EPPA statements on PPWR adoption in European Parliament

The decision by the European Parliament to endorse the Packaging and Packaging Waste regulation (#PPWR) will safeguard decades of progress towards a circular economy, says EPPA President Antonio D’Amato. “Today’s…
Paper packaging reusable EPPA Director GeneralNews
15 March 2024

Statement from EPPA on the outcome of the Council vote on PPWR

EPPA President Antonio D’Amato made a statement related to the outcome of the Council vote on PPWR: "Today marks a significant milestone in the development of the EU’s future economy.…
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1 March 2024

Unwrapping reality: Independent research shows that paper food packaging outperforms plastic reusables

Time is fast running out to get the EU’s Packaging and Packaging Waste Regulation (PPWR) over the line in the final term of the current administration. The last ‘trilogue’ negotiation…

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