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.
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#1 Coffee cups made from chewing gum reduces littering
Gumdrop is a UK initiative to reduce littering as well as encourage recycling for potential packaging use. The company collects and recycle chewing gum and turns them into useful objects. The chewing gum’s main ingredient is a synthetic rubber polymer called polyisobutylene, and is also used, for example, in bike wheels’ inner tubes. The creation of bright pink bins specially for disposing of gum have been placed in test areas. A recycling plant in Worcester grinds the chewing gum pieces and compounds it with other recycled plastic polymers. The outputs contain a minimum of 20% chewing gum. Plastic moulding specialists, Amber Valley, take the mixture and mould into new objects as it cools. The result, amongst other designs, are alternative material coffee cups.
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#2 New insulating material is 30 times stronger that styrofoam
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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.
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#3 Capsule based cleaning product reduces plastic as well as water consumption
São Paulo, Brazil based YVY has created a new cleaning product range that tackles recyclability as well as delivering a good economic solution. The YVY cleaning products use 40 millilitre capsules that contain superconcentrated formula that are inserted into a reusable PET spray bottle. The three strong product range kits are sold online in monthly subscriptions. The smallest kit has 14 capsules and apparently reduces the amount of plastic used compared to the conventional products by around 2.26kg. The use of the capsules also significantly reduces water consumption.
#4 Cardboard and plastic detergent container saves material and is easier to recycle
Greiner Packaging has helped German consumer goods company Henkel introduce environmentally-focused packaging improvements. Henkel’s Duo-Caps and Power-Mix detergents are pre-dosed in double-chamber capsules available across ten different brands in more than 25 markets. Greiner’s child-proof ‘K3-F’ solution is a combination of material-saving cardboard and plastic.The cutting system allows for easy separation by consumers of the carton wrap from the PP thermoformed plastic container which significant improves recycling rates. The cardboard wrap has a three pronged purpose to deliver highly visible pack branding, reduce the weight of the container as well as maintain the container’s stability.
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Until next time. Happy innovating.