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Sustainable packaging: Regulations and operational challenges in a manufacturing SME

White, Gareth; Sarpong, David; Ndrecaj, Vera

Authors

Gareth White gareth.white@uwe.ac.uk

Vera Ndrecaj



Abstract

Copyright © 2015, IGI Global. The issue of sustainability has attracted considerable attention over the last decade and has been accompanied by the development of stringent packaging material legislation for firms. Drawing on a single case approach, this paper examines the operational challenges faced by manufacturing SMEs as they strive to meet the expectations and requirements of increasingly demanding sustainable packaging regulations. The findings highlight the internal costs and complexities that are faced by manufacturing firms when complying with the regulations. It suggests that some firms may face financial and technical constraints that prevent them from reporting the significant efforts that they are making to improving packaging materials. More significantly it identifies the seemingly insurmountable problems that are faced by SMEs when confronted with powerful upstream or downstream supply chain partners that are resistant to improvement initiatives. This can result in organisations acting in a self-interested manner and consequently, the cumulative environmental impact of the supply chain is greater than it may be if organisations were more environmentally cooperative.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Jan 1, 2015
Journal International Journal of Social Ecology and Sustainable Development
Print ISSN 1947-8402
Electronic ISSN 1947-8410
Publisher IGI Global
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 6
Issue 3
Pages 31-40
Institution Citation White, G., Sarpong, D., & Ndrecaj, V. (2015). Sustainable packaging: Regulations and operational challenges in a manufacturing SME. International Journal of Social Ecology and Sustainable Development, 6(3), 31-40. https://doi.org/10.4018/IJSESD.2015070103
DOI https://doi.org/10.4018/IJSESD.2015070103
Keywords sustainable, packaging, regulations, manufacturing SME's
Publisher URL http://dx.doi.org/10.4018/IJSESD.2015070103