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November 2018

Innovation Zone Snapshot – Hair product range can be planted post use to grow your own tree

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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 Hair product range can be planted post use to grow your own tree

There are many ways to create a sustainable point of difference. The Innovation Zone has reported on many examples that attempt to reduce packaging’s impact on the environment. Biodegradable and compostable solutions have been prevalent in recent months. A solution from Taiwan hair product brand O’right takes this concept to another level. The business has developed a pack that, once used, can be planted to turn into a tree. The bottle has been developed using compostable material. There is a cavity at the bottom of the bottle that has seeds from the Taiwanese acacia tree. Once in the environment, within a year, the bottle will have degraded into the soil and the start of a tree should start to show. The brand has just entered the Portuguese market and is available in selected retail outlets and pharmacies.

 

 

More info in The Innovation Zone.


#2 Surplus soft rush plant has variety of potential packaging applications

A new packaging material created from soft rush has been developed through the Design Academy Eindhoven. The fast growing plant is found in abundance in tufts in wetland habitats.  The forestry services in the Netherlands removes thousands of kilos of the plant to be turned into biogas or used to improve the agricultural soil that contains a lot of sand. A third use has been created where the fibres can be developed into packaging materials like paper, corrugated cardboard as well as other uses such as rope, non-wovens and textiles. The plant’s pith is separated from the fibres and is lightweight, shock-resistant and with insulating properties. The pith can also be used as a foam material.
More info in The Innovation Zone.

 


#3 New process could separate multi layer packaging with 99% material recycle success rate

Packaging for food items such as crisps and chocolate wrappers as well as pharmaceutical blister packs are all extremely difficult to recycle as they are comprised of multiple layers. Researchers from Kaunas University of Technology in Lithuania and Egypt have combined to develop a new technique to tackle one of the Holy Grails of packaging. The team are working on a solution to separate multi layer packaging that is reported to recycle 99% of materials. They have developed a process that uses a hydrophilic solvent to break the layers apart. The exact structure varies according to the product.The team used the solvent  to break the layers apart and used ultrasonic treatment to accelerate the separation process. The main idea behind the technology is to break the mechanical and chemical bonds between all the layers.  It is reported that the recovered materials are of a higher quality than traditional recycling methods.

 

 

More info in The Innovation Zone.


#4 Easy sliding function opens and seals beverage cans

Worldwide production for drink cans is approximately 370 billion cans per year worldwide. Austin, Texas based beverage packaging innovators SNSTech has introduced a new plastic-free closure for some of those beverage cans. SipNShut is fully recyclable and made from 100% aluminium. SipNShut allows consumers to take a previously opened drinks cans on the go in the same way they would a plastic bottle. The patented technology is designed to run on existing high speed canning lines. The solution has a sliding function to easily open and close the can to deliver a smooth pour.  Most of the existing reclosable can solutions on the market combine plastic and metal, which reduces opportunities for recycling and often don’t work well on existing canning lines. The design is expected to hit shelves in the US in the next 12 months.

More info in The Innovation Zone.


 

 

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Until next time. Happy innovating.


November 2018

More Plastic Than Fish – New tax for plastic packaging announced in UK Budget

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Welcome to this week’s More Plastic Than Fish sustainable packaging update from ThePackHub. It’s been a very busy week from a sustainable packaging perspective with the new UK tax for plastic packaging creating the biggest stir. What do you think of this and the other sustainable news? Share your thoughts in our More Plastic Than Fish Facebook group.

The Ellen MacArthur Foundation and the World Economic Forum warned that there will be More Plastic Than Fish in the sea by 2050, unless things change.

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Share your thoughts, comments and pictures 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.

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#1 New tax for plastic packaging announced in UK Budget

The UK has vowed to introduce a plastic tax, which would impose a levy on all packaging that does not include at least 30 per cent recycled material.

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#2 Amazon is investing millions to keep packaging out of landfills

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Amazon announced last week that it would invest $10 million in the Closed Loop Fund. Closed Loop invests in recycling programs, sustainable goods and landfill reduction efforts. It does so through venture capital and impact investment funds designed to produce both financial and environmental returns.

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Kellogg Company and TerraCycle struck a deal that will allow consumers in the United Kingdom to return empty Pringles cans starting in December. Through the new program, shoppers can send the cans to TerraCycle, which plans to turn them into pellets for making products like benches and fence posts.

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#4 Latte levy ‘not needed’ as disposable coffee cup recycling peaks, industry claims

 

The so-called latte levy is ‘not needed’ now that coffee cup recycling rates have shot up from an estimated one in 400 to one in 25 in just two years, it has been claimed.

Read more here.


#5 How can holistic packaging design alleviate marine litter?

A new white paper distills scientific research on the effects of plastic on ocean ecosystems and recommends ways the packaging industry can help reduce the amount of marine litter.

Read more here.


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Sustainable Packaging Innovations from the Innovation Zone


OPP film easily separated from sandwich packs to ensure board recycling

Supplier:Coveris
Country:
UK
Innovation Type:
Recyclable

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Banana cellulose based plastic-free tea bag range launched

Brand: Clipper
Country: UK
Innovation Type: New Format, Compostable

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Edible energy gel concept takes on littering challenge for athletes

Country: UK
Innovation Type: Bio-packaging, Biodegradable, Edible

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Reusable packaging system reduces packaging demand for Chinese e-commerce giant

Brand; JD
Country: China
Innovation Type: E-commerce, Reusable

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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.


October 2018

Innovation Zone Snapshot – Reusable packaging system reduces packaging demand for Chinese e-commerce giant

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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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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.

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#1 Reusable packaging system reduces packaging demand for Chinese e-commerce giant

The rapidly growing e-commerce sector is coming under increased pressure to ensure that it does not use unnecessary packaging materials in customer shipments. Chines e-commerce giant JD.com is aiming to improve its environmental position with the introduction of a reusable packaging programme.  JD’s reusable green boxes are made of recycled plastic and can be used around 10 times for small- and medium-sized shipments. The reusable box is not mandatory but users are incentivised to utilise them with JD’s “Jingdou” loyalty points, which can be exchanged for products on their website. The company said it expects to reduce the number of boxes used throughout its supply chain by a whopping 10 billion by 2020. JD.com is working on expanding its reusable packaging network to several new major Chinese cities. See also: New delivery box offers range of sustainable features.

 

More info in The Innovation Zone.


#2 Washing up bottle caps made from 50% post-consumer recycled PP

Belgium founded Ecover manufactures ecological cleaning products renowned for a strong focus on reducing their environmental impact. The brand was one of the early adopters of the use of ocean plastic for packaging. On this occasion the brand is reducing their virgin plastic use with the trial of washing up liquid bottle caps that are made from 50% post-consumer recycled PP plastic. Various tests indicated that a 50% recycled PP cap is a ‘sweet spot’ in terms of still meeting the necessary technical and functional standards required. The change will see 200,000 new bottles of Lemon and Aloe Washing Up Liquid in the UK, Belgium and the Netherlands incorporating the new cap as part of a major trial. The plan is to incorporate the recycled PP plastic in all washing up liquid caps permanently following the successful conclusion of the trials. The Innovation Zone has recently reported on a fully recycled solution – 100% post-consumer recycled cap is a market first.

 


#3 Tens of thousands of unique designed wrappers for Halloween edition

Smyrna, Georgia based labels printer Quality Tape and Label (QTL) has worked with HP to progress the latter’s new Collage format for the King of Pops natural frozen treats brand. Uniquely designed wrappers for a new Halloween Edition were produced on HP Indigo using HP SmartStream Collage, HP new automated variable design software, to produce tens of thousands of uniquely designed wrappers. King of Pops’ Halloween series features unique wrappers for five different flavours and affords the brand the ability to create virtually endless variations of a set of basic design elements. A plug-in for using Adobe Illustrator, Collage works within SmartStream Designer to take design elements and distribute them randomly by algorithm according to set rules laid down by the brand.

 

More info in The Innovation Zone.


#4 Two condiments in one pack for dual chamber solution

Not for the first time, the Innovation Zone can report on a pack development that incorporates two compartments to offer consumers a mix of contents in the same pack. A Kiev, Ukraine based design and development company have come up with a new dual chamber pack to make consumers’ lives that little bit easier. The company and the product is called Duopack and the solution gives users two compartments with the opportunity for different contents in the same single flexible package. The process of manufacturing the flexible Doy-pack based packaging has been patented. Duopack has a partition in the middle of the pouch that divides the products into two isolated parts. The consumer can use the pack to alternately dispense the foods or condiments according to their taste. There is also the opportunity to dispense the contents together to create a mixture of both. See also Side-by-side pack keeps on-the-go snacking varied.

More info in The Innovation Zone.


 

 

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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.


October 2018

More Plastic Than Fish – European Parliament votes to ban single-use plastics in bid to tackle pollution

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

The Ellen MacArthur Foundation and the World Economic Forum warned that there will be More Plastic Than Fish in the sea by 2050, unless things change.

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

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.


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

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More Plastic Than Fish  – Join the Conversation

 

More Plastic Than Fish Facebook Group from ThePackHub

 

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

Share your thoughts, comments and pictures 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.

 


#1 European Parliament votes to ban single-use plastics in bid to tackle pollution

The European Parliament has voted for an extensive ban on single-use plastics to stop pollution entering the world’s oceans.

Products including plastic plates, cutlery, straws and cotton buds will all be eradicated from 2021 under the plans.

Read more here.


#2 France to set penalties on goods packaged with non-recycled plastic in 2019

France plans to introduce a penalty system next year that would increase the cost of consumer goods with packaging made of non-recycled plastic, part of a pledge to use only recycled plastic nationwide by 2025.

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Following similar pledges by fellow brand owners such as Nestlé and packaging suppliers such as Amcor, Mondelēz International has announced a new commitment to make all packaging recyclable and provide recycling information by 2025.

Read more here.


#4 SodaStream has deployed a massive ocean-cleaning device called the “Holy Turtle”

 

SodaStream has deployed a massive ocean-cleaning device called the “Holy Turtle” to clean plastic waste from the ocean off Honduras.

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#5 Plastic recycling industry’s problems costing councils up to £500,000 a year

Major problems in the plastic recycling industry are costing local councils in England up to £500,000 extra a year, as they struggle to deal with the continuing fallout from import bans imposed by countries who are no longer able to take the UK’s waste.

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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


Compostable confectionery pack decomposes within six months

Supplier:Parkside
Brand: 
Buttermilk
Country:
UK
Innovation Type:
Bio-packaging, Compostable

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World’s first ever ‘self-cleaning’ reusable water bottle launched

Brand: Waitrose
Country: UK
Innovation Type: New Format, Recyclable

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Trial for fibre-based alternative to hard to recycle black plastic

Supplier: Antalis, Ranpak
Country: UK
Innovation Type: Recyclable

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New UK crisp brand in 100% compostable pack

Supplier: Parkside
Brand; Two Farmers
Country: UK

Innovation Type: Compostable

More info: Innovation Zone

More info on these and 2,800 other packaging innovations at ThePackHub Innovation Zone.


 

Order now – Sustainable Packaging Compendium 2018

 

Sustainable Packaging Compendium 2018 from ThePackHub

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Order your essential guide to all things sustainable packaging here.


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.


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