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Policy Brief: Advancing Consistent, Effective, Design and Labeling Standards for Compostable Packaging

Without clarity and harmonization of labeling designs and claims, consumer confusion will persist. This confusion will make it impossible to achieve a shift to a circular economy—a more resilient system without waste.

This policy brief explains the importance of clear and consistent labeling designs standards for compostable packaging to reduce packaging waste, outlining 5 recommended actions for policymakers. 

This new consumer data should inform policies that advance an economically viable, sustainable future for food-contact compostable packaging. A harmonized approach to state labeling policies would promote a higher likelihood of adoption and compliance among brands, manufacturers, convertors and consumers, helping reduce waste in the process.

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