By now, many of us have become somewhat accustomed to life in lockdown, as the Covid-19 pandemic disrupts both our lives and our work. The impact across all industries cannot be understated and is sure to continue for quite some time.

In this issue, we look at the effects of the coronavirus lockdown on the packaging sector in our Covid-19 briefing pages and case studies, as well as hearing from the ICIS about how the recycling markets are holding up.

The need for a cloud-based labelling system has steadily been rising over recent years in tandem with a growing e-commerce sector. We learn more from the NiceLabel marketing VP about how now more than ever, as housebound consumers are forced to shop online, these centralised systems are vital.

A knock-on effect of the pandemic many in the UK would not have predicted is the delay of the plastic straw ban. Now, with businesses having to source plastic alternatives as of October, we look at what offerings we can expect.

Whilst many in the UK may have already become accustomed to the paper straw, what are the other possible applications where paper could replace plastic? We delve into the possibilities and discover why paper might not always be as sustainable as many consumers would think.

This kind of misunderstanding by consumers around the sustainability of materials is a slight cause for concern as many of us actively try to improve our environmental footprint. We hear from the Amcor sustainability VP, who explains what companies should keep in mind when communicating different environmental benefits to consumers.

With so much emphasis on plastic alternatives, what are the benefits of the material? We speak to Garçon Wines, a company that is redefining the design of the wine bottle for the modern age by using recycled plastic and slim form factors.

Lastly, when it comes to design, many don't consider the impact that colour can have on a brand. Following a legal action last year by T-Mobile over infringement of their copyright on a certain ubiquitous magenta shade, we look at whether colour can truly be 'owned'.

Peter Nilson, editor

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