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December 2017

More Plastic Than Fish – Sustainable Packaging News – Pret, Starbucks, AIMPLAS 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. This newsletter is intended to keep you up to date on the latest sustainable packaging news. We hope you enjoy.


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More Plastic Than Fish  – Join the Conversation

 

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

We want your pictures of good and bad practice. 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.


#1 Upcycling initiative encourages Starbucks pack reuse

Starbucks is encouraging its Hong Kong customers to ‘Give Good to the environment’ this festive period with its ‘Reimagine. Reuse’ sustainability programme.

The initiative aims to upcycle the brand’s food and beverage packages instead of throwing them away.  Read more here.


#2 Pret A Manger to double reusable coffee cup discount

From next month, Pret A Manger in the UK is to increase the discount for using a reusable cup to 50p. They had recently offered customers 25p off their coffee for using their own reusable cup.

Read more here.


#3 Wales is second best household waste recycler in the world

Wales is catching Germany with recycling rates of 63.8% for municipal solid waste, which includes household plastic and other packaging. England ranks 18th in the world, behind South Korea, Taiwan, the Netherlands, Slovenia, Belgium, Switzerland and Italy  Read more here.


#4 Six million tons of UK household rubbish will be “left without a home” by 2030

A gloomy new report published by the Environmental Services Association has stated that 6 million tons of UK household rubbish will be “left without a home” in just over a decade. Read more here.


#5 One third of Netherlands packaging is difficult to recycle

According to researchers at Wageningen University, about one third of the packaging used in the Netherlands is difficult to recycle and is often contaminated with pvc, even though this has been banned because of the environmental risk.  Read more here.


Sustainable Packaging Innovations from the Innovation Zone

 

 

 

– Collaboration aims to produce monoethylene glycol from sugar for bio PET

– Film development aims to replace aluminium for more sustainable solution

– Algae based bioplastic developed to be used for 3D printing

– Reusable popcorn bucket gets cinema goers coming back for more

 

More info on these and 2,100+ other packaging innovations at ThePackHub Innovation Zone.


The first Global Recycling Day will take place on March 18th 2018. The day also marks the 70th anniversary of the creation of Bureau of International Recycling (BIR). More info here.


Coming soon – Sustainable Packaging Compendium 2018

Coming soon. ThePackHub’s comprehensive review of the sustainable packaging market. 500 sustainable packaging innovations, industry and consumer research, supplier bible and more. Available 28th February 2018.

 

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 week. We hope you have enjoyed this sustainable packaging update.


December 2017

Innovation Zone Snapshot – RFID cereal packs, enhanced embossing 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.

We now have 2,150 packaging innovations uploaded to our Innovation Zone database with new members joining all the time.  Find out about how to subscribe here: www.thepackhub.com/the-innovation-zone/.


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


Seasonal Packaging Review – out next week

Following the successful publications of seasonal reviews in 2015 and 2016, ThePackHub is again putting together a comprehensive report reviewing 2017’s festive packaging examples.  The seasonal packaging report can be yours for just £349 + VAT. Reserve your copy now.


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#1 Consumers can scan via RFID to find that perfectly chilled drink

Polish-French Blulog is a technology company that delivers an RFID solution to help businesses keep track of the temperatures of perishable food items. The company has recently announced the introduction of a smartphone app that broadens their capability to now help shoppers locate cold beverages. The Cool&Go app uses RFID-based data to give consumers information about products in their immediate vicinity as well as indicate the temperature of the products.

More info in The Innovation Zone.


#2 Full-coverage brings hygiene protection and minimal material use

WaveGrip have introduced a new flexible film carrier that provides full-coverage hygiene protection for multipack can as well as improving pack visibility. WaveSafe answers an increasing consumer hygiene awareness for beverage cans that have travelled through the supply chain from factory to retail outlet. WaveSafe uses a clear film membrane portion that is positioned over the cans to give protection from dust and debris. This also delivers improved visibility and does so with minimal use of material.

More info in The Innovation Zone


#3 Registered embossing enhances laminate tube packaging

Berry Global has announced a new laminate tube decoration advancement that delivers pack enhancing registered embossing capability. The patented solution delivers a premium decoration for laminate tube products targeted for the personal care sector. The company has developed a process that precisely aligns intricate artwork with embossing or debossing to enhance the look and tactile experience of laminate tube packaging.

More info in The Innovation Zone.


#4 Chocolate packs tap into growing personalisation trend

Breakfast is now a more playful experience thanks to a partnership by Kellogg’s and Nintendo. The US launch of a Super Mario Odyssey themed cereal pack also has a built-in chip in the pack. This means that the limited-edition cereal box works as an ‘Amiibo’, which is Nintendo’s wireless communications protocol for use  between compatible figurines and the Nintendo’s gaming platforms. It’s a paper card with an RFID chip that can be read by the Nintendo console.

More info in The Innovation Zone.


 

 

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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. Happy innovating.


December 2017

More Plastic Than Fish – Sustainable Packaging News

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

The New Plastics Economy report was 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.


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 new Facebook Group to discuss all things related to packaging sustainability across all materials.

We want your pictures of good and bad practice. 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.


#1 Bioplastic: Sustainable Alternative or Greenwashing?

NGO Environmental Action German has accused single-use bioplastics packaging of greenwashing. Life cycle assessments have not revealed environmental advantages over plastics made using fossil raw materials.

The article contends that many materials may not decompose any more easily than conventional plastics and in some cases would even lead to problems at composting facilities. Read here.


#2 Vancouver opens pop-up store to solicit ideas on reducing packaging waste

Vancouver is taking a project directly to its citizens with a “pop-up engagement space” to get ideas on reducing packaging waste.

The centrepiece is an oversized plastic bag brimming with 1,300 cups — the average amount thrown away every five minutes. Read here.


#3 The race to increase recycled content in packaging

Incorporating recycled content in plastic packaging, especially post-consumer recycled (PCR) content, has been a more elusive priority. This is changing quickly. Sustainable packaging leaders are demonstrating that providing demand for recycled plastics by purchasing post-consumer resin is one of the best tools at our disposal to forge a circular economy.  Read here.


#4 Three steps brands can take in the wake of the China recyclables ban

This is a time of uncertainty for recycling in the U.S. But consumer packaged goods companies and brands can seize this opportunity to revitalise recycling in the U.S. When China announced in July this year that it would no longer be accepting several major post-consumer recovered plastics, as well as mixed paper, many in the recycling industry predicted that the ban may have far-reaching effects on recycling in the United States.   Read here.


#5 Gove sets out sustainable plastic goals

UK Environment secretary Michael Gove has called for a cross-sector plan for plastics following public concern over packaging. Issues to be addressed in the plan included greater recycling and recyclability of plastics and reducing the range of polymers to help this; incentivising both producers and consumers; the problems of ‘on the go’ living; and increasing awareness along the value chain. Read here.


Sustainable Packaging Innovations from the Innovation Zone

 

 

Veg box scheme has swapped plastic nets for a compostable alternative

UK organic supplier of home delivered veg box scheme Riverford is swapping their plastic net packaging for beech tree pulp alternatives. The new solution are offcuts and surplus from the forestry industry. The compostable alternative has been developed by VPZ Verpackungszentrum.


New technology delivers 10 year biodegradable plastic

North American flexible packaging business Layfield have developed a new solution that improves plastic’s sustainability performance. The new initiative biodegrades in a matter of years rather than centuries unlike the majority of existing plastics in the market. The company’s new technology delivers a new plastic that should degrade in around 10 years in landfill. BioFlex will initially be used for the packaging of products such as coffee, peanuts and potato chips. It has a closure strip (that is also degradable within 10 years). More info in the Innovation Zone.


The first Global Recycling Day will take place on March 18th 2018. The day also marks the 70th anniversary of the creation of Bureau of International Recycling (BIR). More info here.


Coming soon – Sustainable Packaging Innovations Review 2018

Coming soon. ThePackHub’s comprehensive review of the sustainable packaging market. Available 28th February 2018.

 

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 week. We hope you have enjoyed this sustainable packaging update.


December 2017

Innovation Zone Snapshot – personalised seasonal packs, child resistant zipper 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.

We now have 2,130 packaging innovations uploaded to our Innovation Zone database with new members joining all the time.  Find out about how to subscribe here: www.thepackhub.com/the-innovation-zone/.


Our brand new monthly innovation report for December is out featuring the stand out packaging innovations for the month is just £129 + VAT and out now.


Seasonal Report Out Soon

Following the successful publications of seasonal reviews in 2015 and 2016, ThePackHub is again putting together a comprehensive report reviewing 2017’s festive packaging examples.  The seasonal packaging report can be yours for just £349 + VAT. Reserve your copy now.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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#1 New technology delivers 10 year biodegradable plastic

North American flexible packaging business Layfield have developed a new solution that improves plastic’s sustainability performance. The new initiative biodegrades in a matter of years rather than centuries unlike the majority of existing plastics in the market. The company’s new technology delivers a new plastic that should degrade in around 10 years in landfill. BioFlex will initially be used for the packaging of products such as coffee, peanuts and potato chips. It has a closure strip (that is also degradable within 10 years), which is available in a range of different sizes and colours. It is claimed the gas created from degrading 1,000 pounds (453kg) of these bags can power an electric car for a year. BioFlex is seen as resilient and maintains pack integrity. There is no requirement for any special equipment or any need to make adjustments to the packaging process. Unlike other biodegradable products, Bioflex will not break down early from oxygen or UV light.

More info in The Innovation Zone.


#2 Eye-catching carton board pack forms star shape

A new structural pack design has dynamically helped to bring a brand logo to life as well as grab consumer’s attention on shelf. Davidoff cigar sub brand Yamasa has a star as part of its logo design and this pack has been created with five individual diamond-shaped folded cartons each housing a cigar that are bound together.with a banderole. The packs combined form a star shape. The solution sees carton board being used as an alternative to metal tubes. The star-shaped brand is printed offset with hot foil finishing. The folded carton can also be stacked as a pyramid at the point of sale The folded carton also has the advantage that a single cigar can be removed from the pack and remains safely packed and well protected to take home.

More info in The Innovation Zone


#3 Child-resistant reclosure with tabbed profile improves senior users’ pack access

A new child resistant pack has a differentiated tab mechanism that helps to keep tiny hands out of packs but assists those adult users with dexterity challenges to open easily. It is a tricky challenge for suppliers to provide child resistance but to still deliver a pack that can be opened by the target audience. The cost-effective Tab-Lok solution from provider of resealable, flexible zipper packs Zip-Pak can integrate into current manufacturing processes without the requirement for significant equipment changes or investment.

The unique differentiator of Tab-Lok is the tab mechanism on the zipper profile that is used to open and access the contents. The tabbed profile provides the necessary deterrent for younger children, yet still provides easy accessibility for older consumers that are often challenged by child-resistant packaging. The tab feature offers a simple yet effective opening experience. The zip features a multi-align fastener called Vector that requires minimal alignment to reseal. The zipper integrates into existing machinery with only minor modifications required.

More info in The Innovation Zone.


#4 Chocolate packs tap into growing personalisation trend

This year’s Christmas pack design for Ferrero’s Kinder packs gives shoppers the opportunity to put the gift recipient’s name on the pack. This is one of several initiatives spotted in the Innovation Zone that are embracing the growing personalisation trend. Customers can personalise their own box with their name and one of three characters; a penguin, reindeer or snowman.  Ferrero have, of course, previously created their ‘Your Nutella, Your Way’ campaign that saw names on packs for their famous Nutella product. London based design agency Pemberton & Whitefoord (P&W)  has designed this seasonal packaging. The seasonal collection has strong shelf-standout against other seasonal confectionery products on the market.

More info in The Innovation Zone.


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.


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