Packaging material

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A packaging material is a material from which packaging or packaging aids are made. The terminology is regulated in DIN 55405.

This can be paper , cardboard , cardboard , plastic (increasingly bio-based plastics ), glass , wood , metal (mostly tinplate or aluminum ), vegetable fibers , textile or a composite material .

Decisive for the choice of packaging materials are the requirements of the product , i.e. consistency and weight, as well as the protective function of the packaging . In 2009, plastics had the largest market share with 44%, followed by paper, cardboard, cardboard, metal and glass. Depending on the material, the German Packaging Ordinance prescribes recycling rates for discarded packaging materials.


  • Monika Kaßmann: Basics of packaging. Guide to interdisciplinary packaging training . 1st edition. Beuth Verlag, Berlin 2011, ISBN 978-3-410-20492-3 , pp. 19th f .