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January 2019

More Plastic Than Fish – Industry group pledges $1B to end plastic waste

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Welcome to this week’s More Plastic Than Fish sustainable packaging update from ThePackHub.

2019 promises to be another busy year for the sustainable packaging industry and we have some interesting news articles selected for you to start the year. There is news of a moth that can consume plastic as well as an alternative view on the growth of paper straws. We hope you enjoy.

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#1 Industry group pledges $1B to end plastic waste

The new Alliance to End Plastic Waste already has a $1 billion commitment from alliance members and wants to up that total to $1.5 billion to work on the problem during the next five years.

Read more here.


#2 Three in 10 Britons admit to throwing away plastic to make life easier, study claims

Britons admit to ignoring environmental concerns to make their lives easier, a study has found.

A poll of 2,000 adults found that although 87 per cent agree with the importance of being green, more than half believe it is often ‘inconvenient’.

Meanwhile, three in 10 admit they throw away plastic food containers instead of washing and reusing or recycling.

Read more here

Marks & Spencer (M&S) has begun trialling dozens of plastic-free fruit and vegetable lines without ‘best-before’ date stickers, in a bid to reduce consumer packaging and food waste outputs.

Read more here.


#4 The UK will burn more than half its rubbish as it doubles the number of incinerators over next 10 years

The UK faces a wave of protests as the number of incinerators used to burn rubbish is set to more than double within a decade. The waste incineration boom will increase air pollution, exacerbate climate change and threaten much-needed recycling, opponents claim. The 44 waste incinerators across the UK burned 10.9 million tonnes of rubbish last year, much of it in England, where it accounted for 42 per cent of rubbish disposal.

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#5 The Future Of Plastic Lies In Its Reinvention As Bioplastics

The amount of plastic we produce to package consumer goods, especially fast moving consumer goods  — packaged foods, beverages, toiletries — has reached an unprecedented level.  We are draining our planet to produce these packages: plastics are made from fossil fuels and 8% of the worlds annual petroleum production is converted into making plastics.

Read more here.


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Sustainable Packaging Innovations from the Innovation Zone


Recyclable milk cap uses 13% less plastic

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Cardboard beverage bottle is completely recyclable

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100% compostable and recyclable sandwich pack reduces shopper confusion

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Recycled plastic tube makes market debut

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More information on these and over 2,900 other packaging innovations at ThePackHub Innovation Zone.


Piqet Life Cycle Analysis

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.


January 2019

Innovation Zone Snapshot – Smart container signals when food is no longer good to eat

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Welcome to this week’s ThePackHub Innovation Zone snapshot.

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

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#1 Smart container signals when food is no longer good to eat

Every year, a third of all food produced in the world is wasted. This is equivalent to 1.3 billion tonnes according to figures from the United Nations Food and Agricultural Association. Reducing food waste is a big opportunity and an urgent one. A lot of food is thrown away due to lack of understanding as to whether the produce is still fit for consumption. Confusion over whether expiration dates are valid can mean that perfectly edible food gets trashed. A new range of smart food storage containers from product innovators Ovie hopes to change things. The Smarterware containers keep track of the food’s lifespan and signal when they have passed being OK to eat. It works using SmartTags that are placed in the lid to track how long food has been in the fridge. They can also be attached to generic storage containers. The system estimates how long the item will last, based on Ovie’s database of food spoilage times. A countdown to the expiration date then starts. The kit can also be connected to a user’s mobile  app or to a smart home system like Alexa or Google Home. See also Infrared scanner can detect freshness of food to reduce food waste.

More info in The Innovation Zone.


#2 Resealable aluminium bottles shakes up wine market

Calistoga, California winery Sterling Vineyards has introduced a new bottle material in an attempt to generate a distinctive point of difference on shelf as well as create some additional functionality. The new recyclable aluminium wine bottles are an unusual departure from glass or PET for the wine sector and will be used for the Sterling California Vintners Collection, which are available for $7.99 for 375ml. The aluminium bottles have a brushed texture to give the wine a premium feel. The three variants are differentiated via a coloured cap and a small bar at the bottom of the bottle. The aluminium bottles are significantly less fragile than glass and deemed suitable for use on-the-go at sporting events and concerts. See also Limited edition aluminium beer bottle aims to attract younger consumers.


#3 Glow in the dark can adds fun to beverage brand

PepsiCo’s Mountain Dew brand has launched a limited edition can for the Middle East market with a special ink effect to add fun and intrigue to soft drink brand. The special edition can feature fluorescent inks that deliver an ultra-bright neon green colour designed to attract the attention of younger consumers. PepsiCo approached experts in this area, Crown Bevcan Europe and Middle East and ink supplier INX on the solution to launch the new pack. Phosphorescent ink absorb sunlight or electronic light and stores light energy. It glows spontaneously when moved into a darker area, giving out the stored energy, in the form of visible light. The use of the ink has been available for a number of years but is still used sparingly by brands looking for an on-the-shelf point of difference.

 

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#4 Reclaimed ocean plastic used for cannabis brands

Denver, Colorado headquartered sustainable hemp-based packaging firm Sana Packaging has established a partnership with Los Angeles based Oceanworks to introduce a new line of reclaimed ocean plastic cannabis packaging.  Oceanworks aims to clean oceans by removing plastic waste and collects the materials for brands and packaging converters to use. Their initiatives so far help capture around two million tonnes of ocean plastic. The Ellen MacArthur Foundation and the World Economic Forum have warned that there will be more waste plastic in the sea than fish by 2050. The new product line is made using 100% plant-based and chemical-free hemp plastic.

More info in The Innovation Zone.


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The last of the stock of the compendium is now available at 50% discount for the price of just £449 +VAT

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Please visit ThePackHub or call us on +44(0)118 963 9990 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.


January 2019

More Plastic Than Fish – Swindon eyes up ground-breaking facility that recycles ‘all plastic’

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Welcome to this week’s More Plastic Than Fish sustainable packaging update from ThePackHub.

2019 promises to be another busy year for the sustainable packaging industry and we have some interesting news articles selected for you to start the year. There is news of a moth that can consume plastic as well as an alternative view on the growth of paper straws. We hope you enjoy.

Share your thoughts in our More Plastic Than Fish Facebook group.

Keep up to date on the latest sustainable packaging news here. We hope you enjoy.


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

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Earlier this year ThePackHub Sustainable Compendium was launched. The essential guide to sustainable packaging included a comprehensive summary of over 450 important sustainable innovations, exclusive industry research, supplier guide detailing the packaging industry’s major contacts and a Who’s Who of the sustainable packaging companies.

The last of the stock of the compendium is now available at 50% discount for the price of just £449 +VAT

If you would like to purchase a copy at this great value price, please use the link below:

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#1 Swindon eyes up ground-breaking facility that recycles ‘all plastic’

The proposed facility would employ a feedstock recycling machine provided by specialists Recycling Technology, which can convert plastic waste back into oil, from which new plastics can be made.

In doing so, it is said that Swindon would host the first advanced plastics recycling facility (aPRF) site in England, and the second such building in the UK.

Read more here.


#2 To get to a circular economy we have to change not just the cup, but the culture

Single use plastics drive the linear economy, and it is really hard to bend that into a circle.

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Frozen food retailer Iceland has unveiled the results of its trial of an in-store deposit return scheme for plastic bottles, revealing that the scheme has captured more than 300,000 bottles since its launch in May 2018.

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#4 Why recyclable packaging will become a ‘must-have’ in 2019

A shift is now occurring. David Attenborough’s Blue Planet, strong commitments from the supermarkets (led initially by Iceland), increasingly specific waste and recycling bins for our homes, and even government initiatives have all made consumers care far more about the packaging in which their food arrives.

Read more here.


#5 Plastic- and packaging-free frozen foods spotted at Czech grocery

At Globus Hypermarket in the Czech Republic, customers can take home frozen foods with minimal packaging.

Read more here.


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Sustainable Packaging Innovations from the Innovation Zone


Pharmaceutical blister packs may one day be recyclable

Country: Poland
Innovation Type:
Recyclable

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Infrared scanner can detect freshness of food to reduce food waste

Country: Germany
Innovation Type: Food Waste Reduction

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Fully compostable digitally printed flexible packs meets brand owner needs

Supplier: Rootree
Country: Canada
Innovation Type: Compostable

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Algae-based bio-material doesn’t require land or fresh water to develop

Country: Israel
Innovation Type: Bio-packaging

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More information on these and over 2,900 other packaging innovations at ThePackHub Innovation Zone.


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Piqet Life Cycle Analysis

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.


January 2019

Innovation Zone Snapshot – Infrared scanner can detect freshness of food to reduce food waste

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Welcome to this week’s ThePackHub Innovation Zone snapshot.

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

Find out about how to subscribe here.

Book a 15 minute online demo here.

ThePackHub’s Sustainable Packaging Compendium is out now. Find out more and order here. If you would like to download a free sample report, please let us know.

You can click here to subscribe to ThePackHub’s blogs.


Half Price Special Offer
Sustainable Packaging Compendium

 

Earlier this year, ThePackHub Sustainable Compendium was launched. The essential guide to sustainable packaging included a comprehensive summary of over 450 important sustainable innovations, exclusive industry research, supplier guide detailing the packaging industry’s major contacts and a Who’s Who of the sustainable packaging companies.

The last of the stock of the compendium is now available at 50% discount for the price of just £449 +VAT

If you would like to purchase a copy at this great value price, please use the link below. You will receive a printed copy as well as a PDF version:

https://www.thepackhub.com/services/sustainable-packaging-compendium-2018-special-offer/

Once they are gone they are gone, there will be no more printed.


#1 Infrared scanner can detect freshness of food to reduce food waste

Every year, a third of all food produced in the world is wasted. This is equivalent to 1.3 billion tonnes according to figures from the United Nations Food and Agricultural Association. A new innovation has been developed by researchers at Fraunhofer in the hope of reducing the perfectly edible food that is wasted due to consumers not being sure if it is still fresh to eat. Scientists from the German research institute have developed a small infrared portable scanner that will determine if a food item has gone bad as well as its degree of ripeness. The solution could prove to be a useful tool for retailers, industry food handlers and consumers to help prevent what is essentially unnecessary food waste. The device is based on a high-precision near-infrared sensor. An infrared beam is shone on the food and the reflected light is measured across the IR spectrum. The absorption spectrum from the food is compared with a known sample to help determine the food condition. The scanner is still in the demonstrator stage with consumer testing at supermarkets due to start later this year.

More info in The Innovation Zone.


#2 Anti-fog coating helps extend freshness of refrigerated foods

Bostik provides adhesive technologies across a wide range of sectors including construction, automotive, aerospace, rail and, of course, packaging. The business has developed a new anti-fog coating for flexible film lids. The solution stops water droplets from forming as well as helping to extend freshness of refrigerated foods that suffer with moisture. The technology also helps improve produce appeal by keeping lids clear so consumers can see the contents. The co-polyester coatings combine anti-fog capability alongside heat seal functionality. This requires one process step instead of two and work with existing converting equipment.. The coatings have excellent seal strength to PET with a smooth peel when opened.


#3 Reverse vending scheme starts Brazil market roll out

Agricultural and consumer goods giant Cargill has combined with Triciclo on a new recycling initiative. TriCiclos began in Chile in 2009 with an objective to create a triple of sustainability goals based on social, environmental and financial needs. The businesses have come together to offer a new option for the correct disposal of packaging to Brazilian consumers. A pilot of seven machines can now accept a range of packaging formats including carton packs, aluminium, steel and PET. Each type of waste has a score and in exchange for the packaging waste, consumers can earn points to earn money off utility bills, public transport tickets or mobile phone bills. All brand packaging, not just Cargill’s can be accepted. Consumers need to register for free using the Return Machine itself, via an app or through the www.triciclo.eco.br website. The collected material is sent to recyclers and cooperatives to generate new raw materials. See also Reverse vending machine trial rewards theme park goers and Reverse vending machine helps recycle festival plastics.

 

More info in The Innovation Zone.


#4 Algae-based bio-material doesn’t require land or fresh water to develop

Scientists from Tel Aviv University are working on a new bio-plastic derived from marine microorganisms in an attempt to reduce the environmental impact of biodegradable plastics. The new process does not rely on fertile soil and fresh water to grow the plant matter, which is in short supply in many parts of the world. This also puts demands on farming capacity that needs to be used to grow food crops. Researchers from Tel Aviv University have been developing a sea lettuce algae called Ulva lactuca to help create a new bio-material. It is cultivated in the sea, and then fed to single-celled Haloferax mediterranei microorganisms, which excrete a PHA bioplastic polymer. This can then be used to produce biodegradable plastics. Work is ongoing accessing alternative bacteria and algae to find combinations capable of producing bio-plastics with different functional properties. A research paper has been published in the Bioresource Technology journal.

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Until next time. Happy innovating.


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