One of the important DOST Projects under its Big 21 in 2021 is the establishment of the Simulation Packaging Testing Laboratory (SPTL) and Green Packaging Laboratory (GPL). This project was funded through the DOST-GIA and implemented by the ITDI-Packaging Technology Division (PTD). The ‘Unboxing Event’ for these two laboratories will be held on December 21, 2021 at 9:00 am at the SPTL/GPL site inside the DOST Compound, Bicutan, Taguig. This event will be led by DOST Secretary Fortunato De La Peña and with Dr. William Dar, Secretary of the Department of Agriculture as the Keynote Speaker.
The SPTL was designed based on international standards in developing packaging design, performance evaluation and in developing testing protocols for distribution packaging. With SPTL, the current capability of PTD in developing packaging design and performance testing of transport packaging will be significantly expanded.
On the other hand, the green packaging lab or GPL is being established to provide alternative packaging or packaging options to the consumers, and not in any way to discriminate any type of packaging materials. Green packaging could not be directly equated to biodegradable packaging. GPL envisions to do research on the following areas:
• Processes that will reduce energy consumption and solid/liquid waste
• Materials reduction without compromising product quality and consumer safety
• Use of indigenous and renewable materials
• Circular/Recycling technologies
• Waste utilization
• Waste disposal