( Syngenta )

Greensboro, N.C.-based Syngenta is investing $2 billion in sustainable agriculture, and the company said part of the investment will go toward packaging innovations.

“Things like reducing the weight of plastic in containers, moving plastics and products in bulk, and cutting the thickness of our label paper all contribute to making our operations more sustainable,” Gabriel Oxby, Syngenta formulation, and packaging group leader said in a news release.

The company, according to the release, believes its sustainability efforts will help Syngenta meet its target to reduce the carbon intensity of its operations and supply chain by 50% by 2030. 

Because of full approval from the U.S. Department of Transportation and the International Safe Transit Association, the Syngenta lab can self-certify packaging in accordance with United Nations standards, according to the release. That means that the company can independently make continuous refinements and improvements rather than waiting for an outside firm to complete a separate certification process, according to the release.

The release said Syngenta is testing technologies such as slow-motion cameras to enhance the analysis of test results. In addition, the lab’s cameras use a machine-learning program, which improves their accuracy when checking package labels for errors.


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