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May 2018

Innovation Zone Snapshot – hide your burger packaging, new polymer development and more

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Welcome to this week’s ThePackHub Innovation Zone snapshot.

ThePackHub collates 20 new packaging innovations a week and we have picked four recent examples for you to peruse below.

Find out about how to subscribe here: www.thepackhub.com/the-innovation-zone/.

ThePackHub’s Sustainable Packaging Compendium is out now. Find out more and order here.

ThePackHub’s next packaging innovation seminar will be held at the beautiful Compton Verney, Warwickshire on Thursday 17th May 2018. We have some great speakers lined up to present.

M&S, Waitrose, Pladis Global, LF Beauty, Mars Petcare, Arla Foods, Church & Dwight, Twinings, Greencore, Cranswick Foods. Faccenda, English Provender, Mondelez, Merchant Gourmet, Blue Earth Foods, Berry Garden, Kerry Foods, Asda, Intersnack, Acheson & Acheson, Molson Coors and more confirmed to attend so far.

Find out more and book. 


 


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#1 Popcorn packaging stores hidden burger and fries

Fast food chain Burger King has launched an unusual new pack format for an unusual problem. A new law in Peru has recently come into effect which restricts food (including burgers and chips) in the country’s cinemas. The rule dictates that film-goers can only bring food ‘similar’ to that sold by the Peruvian cinemas into their establishments. Burger King, keen to not miss out on sales, has developed a packaging format to help their customers ‘cheat’ the law. The pack has been put together by McCann de Lima who have created a solution to hide the signature Whopper burger and fries inside a popcorn pack. McCann designed a bag of popcorn capable of hiding the Burger King items. Some popcorn is added to the top of the packaging to complete the ‘King Popcorn’. The bag was very similar in appearance to those sold in cinemas and thus easy to sneak inside the movie.The action reportedly resulted in a sales spike of 40%.

More info in The Innovation Zone.


#2 New drinks carrier promises to be the most efficient

A new drinks cup carrier has been introduced that combines a striking functional design coupled with space saving sustainable credentials. Reelcup can be adapted by hand to accommodate a combination of one to four cups by the simply tearing off to use as many as required. It is reported to be the only cup carrier on the market that can be conveniently dispensed on a continuous reel. The solution is also available in four boxed sets in easy-dispense outers. The solution folds down easily to be reused. The solution is reported to use less space than pulp drinks trays. The low carbon carriers are manufactured under license by Wellingborough based ProPrint.

More info in The Innovation Zone


#3 Top of can branding will get beverages noticed

 

Ball Corporation has announced an introduction to improve branding visibility. Ball’s proprietary Cameo End Printing now extends brand communication to the top of the can to help brand owners create a distinctive point of difference on shelf as well as in consumers’ hands. Ball’s Cameo End Printing challenges the protocol that branding should be limited to just the body of the pack and extends the can’s 360-degree side branding to the top of the pack to increase brand visibility as well as offering additional opportunities for competitions, promotions and limited edition communications. Cameo will be commercially available within the next 12 months.

More info in The Innovation Zone.


#4 New polymer development can be recycled over and over

Scientists from Colorado State University are working on the development of a new chemically-recyclable polymer that could have positive ramifications for the environment. The polymer can be broken down easily and potentially recycled infinitely. The strong and durable polymer is reported to be as versatile as other conventional plastics used in packaging. Its attributes include being lightweight and heat resistant. It is claimed to not require the same complicated procedures to recycle compared to other plastics as well as not needing chemicals to start the process.  The new polymer is designed to break down via a catalyst reaction where is can then be re-polymerized without requiring purification. The new material builds on Colorado State University’s previous work. This further developed version doesn’t need to be manufactured under extremely cold conditions and has much better heat resistance.

More info in The Innovation Zone.


 

 

Join our new sustainable packaging Facebook group More Plastic Than Fish and be part of the conversation.  Join here.


 

Please visit ThePackHub website to find out more about the range of packaging innovation services we offer. We’ve delivered projects for a number of brand owner, retailer and packaging suppliers.

Until next time. Happy innovating.


May 2018

More Plastic Than Fish – Sustainable Packaging News – deposit scheme survey, plastics marine litter and more

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Welcome to the More Plastic Than Fish sustainable packaging update from ThePackHub.

As part of the New Plastics Economy report published last year, The Ellen MacArthur Foundation and the World Economic Forum warned that there will be More Plastic Than Fish in the sea by 2050, unless industry cleans up its act. The packaging industry plays a major role and it’s time for more action.

ThePackHub’s Sustainable Packaging Compendium 2018 is out now.

This blog is intended to keep you up to date on the latest sustainable packaging news. We hope you enjoy.


Stay up to date with the latest sustainable packaging news by subscribing to our More Plastic Than Fish blog.

They can click here to subscribe.

 

 


More Plastic Than Fish  – Join the Conversation

 

 

More Plastic Than Fish – a Facebook Group to discuss all things related to packaging sustainability across all materials.

Let’s hear your thoughts on the circular economy, recycling, compostable packaging, bio-material development, government and local authority policy making and discussions on what needs to change to make a difference.

You can join the group here.


More Plastic Than Fish – Sustainable Packaging Workshops

ThePackHub has teamed up with Innovation Ink to offer a series of workshops to seek solutions to your big packaging challenges. The first in this series explores options to reduce the use of plastic.

Our one day in-house workshop session, moderated by Innovation Ink, will bring together selected industry experts, ThePackHub team and your key internal stakeholders to develop a range of potential solutions to meet the challenge of plastic packaging.

If you would like to find out more, book a workshop session, or talk about how the workshops can be applied to another of your packaging challenges email us now or call Paul Jenkins on +44(0)7906 624494.


#1 Innocent unveils bottle with 15% recyclable bio-plastic

 

Innocent has announced the introduction of a more sustainable bottle made from a combination of recycled material and sugar cane byproduct.

Read more here


#2 Survey: 74% of UK public  support bottle and can return deposit scheme

 

 

A new plastics and recycling survey by polling company D-CYFOR reveals that the majority (74%) of the UK general public say they support the bottle and can return deposit scheme proposed by the government.

Read more here.


#3 Federal Government pledges to make packaging ‘reusable, combustible, or recyclable’ by 2025

 

The Federal Government has struck a deal with states and territories to address Australia’s mounting waste burden.

Read more here.


#4 Do consumers notice on-pack sustainable messaging? No, says new report.

 

Consumers may say that sustainability influences their purchases but most don’t notice sustainability branding on packaging, according to a new study.

Read more here.


#5 Resolving plastics marine litter issue is DAUNTING

Oceans of trash pose a complex challenge that could be too onerous to resolve given modest plastics packaging recycling, the economic advantages of using virgin material, and the sheer volume of containers floating around the globe.

Read more here.

 


Museum of Brands Packaging Innovation Series: Sustainable Packaging

ThePackHub has worked with Museum of Brands in London exploring the latest on innovation in Sustainable Packaging. The display presents a selection of recent initiatives designed by brands to help reduce packaging’s burden on the environment. Open now for a limited period. Find out more here. 


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Sustainable Packaging Innovations from the Innovation Zone


Swedish chicken pack made using bioplastic

Brand: Atria
Country:
Sweden
Innovation Type:
Bio-packaging

More info: Innovation Zone


 


Paper straw switch for carton packs reduces plastic dependence

Supplier: Tetra Pak
Country: Europe
Innovation Type: Material Substitution

More info: Innovation Zone

 


New polymer development can be recycled over and over

Country: USA
Innovation Type: Recyclable

More info: Innovation Zone

 


Manufacturing scrap replaces virgin material for washing powder brand

Brand: Interspar
Country: Austria
Innovation Type: Reusable

More info: Innovation Zone

 

More info on these and over 2,400 other packaging innovations at ThePackHub Innovation Zone.


 

Order now – Sustainable Packaging Compendium 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Order your essential guide to all things sustainable packaging here.


ThePackHub is collaborating with PIQET, a global business tool to assess packaging’s environmental impact. PIQET is a streamlined Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) tool designed to assess the environmental impacts and resource consumption profiles of different packaging options. Designed to be intuitive and easy to use, using PIQET, a complete assessment can be undertaken in less than 30 minutes.

Contact us to find out more.


Please visit ThePackHub website to find out more about the range of packaging innovation services we offer. We’ve delivered projects for a number of brand owner, retailer and packaging suppliers.

Until next time. We hope you have enjoyed this sustainable packaging update.


April 2018

Innovation Zone Snapshot – speech recognition jar, edible burger packaging and more

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Innovation Zone ThePackHub - thepackhub.com

 

 

Welcome to this week’s ThePackHub Innovation Zone snapshot.

ThePackHub collates 20 new packaging innovations a week and we have picked four recent examples for you to peruse below.

Find out about how to subscribe here: www.thepackhub.com/the-innovation-zone/.

ThePackHub’s Sustainable Packaging Compendium is out now. Find out more and order here.

Our next Innovation Zone Live Seminar is at Compton Verney on Thursday 17th May. We have some great speakers lined up. Find out more and book here.


Our monthly innovation report for April 2018 is out featuring the stand out packaging innovations for the month is just £129 + VAT. Order here or subscribe.


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#1 Speech recognition jar keeps the language clean

A jar that can detect specific spoken words has been created as a fun way to prevent bad language, politics being discussed or even the use of office buzzwords. Jargone is a speech recognition device that listens for user-defined flagged words. A Bluetooth enabled mobile app is paired to the jar and users can add custom words or select from a list of pre-compiled packaged topics. Flagged words spoken within range of the jar set off an alarm and the jar glows red. Jargone has a rechargeable battery to make it portable. The jars will be manufactured in Cambridge, Massachusetts and the business is currently raising funds via Kickstarter.

More info in The Innovation Zone.


#2 Salmon brand uses pack to create shelf stand-out

An Australian fish brand has created a great point of difference on shelf by using the window on the pack to get noticed to differentiate itself from more traditional offerings. The salmon product inside the pack does the talking by becoming part of the overall quirky pack design. The slices of salmon look like like a fleshy (very large) tongue of Julian Flax, the founder of the brand and inspiration behind the Mr Flax brand name. Being able to see the product inside is an important packaging attribute offers and this pack does it in an engaging and differentiated way.

More info in The Innovation Zone


Getting your sustainable packaging strategy right

ThePackHub has teamed up with specialist innovation consultancy Innovation Ink to offer a series of workshops to seek solutions to your big packaging challenges. The first in this series explores options to reduce the use of plastic.

Our one day in-house workshop session, moderated by Innovation Ink, will bring together selected industry experts, ThePackHub team and your key internal stakeholders to develop a range of potential solutions to meet the challenge of plastic packaging.

If you would like to find out more, book a workshop session, or talk about how the workshops can be applied to another of your packaging challenges email us now or call Paul Jenkins on +44(0)7906 624494.


#3 Eat everything on your plate – edible burger wrappers may become permanent menu fixture

 

Auckland, New Zealand based fast-food chain Better Burger has introduced edible wrappers for their burgers. The wrapper are made of potato starch with a taste reported to be similar to a “potato version of a prawn cracker”. The initiative ties in with International Earth Day (22nd April). 500 burgers sold at the chain’s Mount Eden restaurant were wrapped in the material. Although pitched as a one off activity to raise awareness for the challenges of the environment, the technology may be further developed to one day become a permanent fixture. Better Burger has previously switched from oil-based disposable food packaging to 100% compostable packaging via compatriots Innocent Packaging, which also included their

#4 Insulated packaging made from renewable plant starches is alternative to EPS

Indianapolis based Frontier Paper & Packaging has introduced a new line of insulated packaging made from renewable plant starches as an alternative to EPS based coolers. The Nature-Pack range features the Biocooler, which is a two-panel system constructed of rigid bio-based foam. The moisture-resistant solution is biodegradable and compostable, which is FDA approved for direct food contact. The easily-recycled Nature-Pack has several patents pending and ships flat, saving money compared to EPS foam coolers. It also saves warehousing costs by storing flat until use. Brand customisation is possible via the outer panels that are printable and can also incorporate compostable inks.

More info in The Innovation Zone.


 

 

Join our new sustainable packaging Facebook group More Plastic Than Fish and be part of the conversation.  Join here.


 

Please visit ThePackHub website to find out more about the range of packaging innovation services we offer. We’ve delivered projects for a number of brand owner, retailer and packaging suppliers.

Until next time. Happy innovating.


April 2018

More Plastic Than Fish – Sustainable Packaging News – plastic pledge, coffee cup ban and more

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Welcome to the More Plastic Than Fish sustainable packaging update from ThePackHub.

As part of the New Plastics Economy report published last year, The Ellen MacArthur Foundation and the World Economic Forum warned that there will be More Plastic Than Fish in the sea by 2050, unless industry cleans up its act. The packaging industry plays a major role and it’s time for more action.

ThePackHub’s Sustainable Packaging Compendium 2018 is out now.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This blog is intended to keep you up to date on the latest sustainable packaging news. We hope you enjoy.


Stay up to date with the latest sustainable packaging news by subscribing to our More Plastic Than Fish blog.

They can click here to subscribe.

 

 


More Plastic Than Fish  – Join the Conversation

 

 

More Plastic Than Fish – a Facebook Group to discuss all things related to packaging sustainability across all materials.

Let’s hear your thoughts on the circular economy, recycling, compostable packaging, bio-material development, government and local authority policy making and discussions on what needs to change to make a difference.

You can join the group here.


More Plastic Than Fish – Sustainable Packaging Workshops

ThePackHub has teamed up with Innovation Ink to offer a series of workshops to seek solutions to your big packaging challenges. The first in this series explores options to reduce the use of plastic.

Our one day in-house workshop session, moderated by Innovation Ink, will bring together selected industry experts, ThePackHub team and your key internal stakeholders to develop a range of potential solutions to meet the challenge of plastic packaging.

If you would like to find out more, book a workshop session, or talk about how the workshops can be applied to another of your packaging challenges email us now or call Paul Jenkins on +44(0)7906 624494.


#1 Companies sign up to pledge to cut plastic pollution

 

 

More than 40 companies have signed up to a pact to cut plastic pollution over the next seven years. The firms include Coca-Cola and Asda and have promised to honour a number of pledges such as eliminating single-use packaging through better design.

Read more here.


#2 Nestle vows to convert to environmentally friendly packaging by 2025

 

 

Nestle announced plans to make 100% of its packaging recyclable or reuseable by 2025, with a vision that none of the food giant’s packaging — including plastics — ends up in landfills or as litter.

Read more here.


#3 Boston Tea Party becomes first coffee chain to ban all disposable cups

 

Boston Tea Party will become the first coffee chain to implement an outright ban on disposable, paper-based coffee cups, with consumers having to purchase or loan reusable cups from 1 June 2018.

Read more here.


#4 Why is there plastic on cucumbers?

 

Some thoughts on the pros and cons on wrapping cucumbers in plastic.

Read more here.


#5 How plastic-eating bacteria actually work

Scientists recently discovered a strain of bacteria that can literally eat the plastic used to make bottles, and have now improved it to make it work faster. The effects are modest – it’s not a complete solution to plastic pollution – but it does show how bacteria could help create more environmentally friendly recycling.

Read more here.

 


Museum of Brands Packaging Innovation Series: Sustainable Packaging

ThePackHub has worked with Museum of Brands in London exploring the latest on innovation in Sustainable Packaging. The display presents a selection of recent initiatives designed by brands to help reduce packaging’s burden on the environment. Open now for a limited period. Find out more here. 


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Sustainable Packaging Innovations from the Innovation Zone


Eat everything on your plate – edible burger wrappers may become permanent menu fixture

Supplier: Innocent Packaging
Brand: 
Better Burger
Country:
New Zealand
Innovation Type:
Edible

More info: Innovation Zone

 


Paper made from grass to be used in food industry

Supplier: Constantia Flexibles
Country: Europe
Innovation Type: Bio-packaging

More info: Innovation Zone

 


Device gets rid of plastic stirrers with spinning solution

Supplier: Amron Experimental
Country: USA
Innovation Type: Material Reduction

More info: Innovation Zone

 


Reusable net as alternative to single-use fruit and veg gab introduced

Brand: Interspar
Country: Austria
Innovation Type: Reusable

More info: Innovation Zone

 

More info on these and over 2,400 other packaging innovations at ThePackHub Innovation Zone.


 

Order now – Sustainable Packaging Compendium 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Order your essential guide to all things sustainable packaging here.


ThePackHub is collaborating with PIQET, a global business tool to assess packaging’s environmental impact. PIQET is a streamlined Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) tool designed to assess the environmental impacts and resource consumption profiles of different packaging options. Designed to be intuitive and easy to use, using PIQET, a complete assessment can be undertaken in less than 30 minutes.

Contact us to find out more.


Please visit ThePackHub website to find out more about the range of packaging innovation services we offer. We’ve delivered projects for a number of brand owner, retailer and packaging suppliers.

Until next time. We hope you have enjoyed this sustainable packaging update.


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