National Green Tribunal (NGT) is the buzzword currently in the flexible packaging circles. This scribe was at an industry event last week where he overheard three packaging technocrats schmoozing about the NGT and the proposed ban on the multi-layer flexible packaging. “I’m working on a brilliant idea. I produce quite a lot of 60micron PET / 8micron poly laminate structure. Now if I am able to further downgauge poly to 6microns, the impurity level in the PET-poly structure is reduced to 10%. Probably, that should be acceptable by NGT,” says one. The other adds, “I am a gravure converter. I have dared to invest in a brand new European CI flexo press. There’s a rumour that one of my top customers, who consumes more than 60% of my production capacity, is working with his top vendor to change laminate structures and thus shift the entire SKU (Stock Keeping Unit) range from gravure to flexo. I want to be prepared for whatever lies ahead.” The third one proposes, “I’m not sure what I’m going to do. Shouldn’t the paper-Al foil structure that was used when they banned plastic packaging for gutkha, pan masala and tobacco, work for at least a few products?” National Green Tribunal A...