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August 2020

Innovation Zone Snapshot – Shower care range start refill trial in German drugstores

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Welcome to this week’s Innovation Zone snapshot from ThePackHub.

ThePackHub collates up to 20 new packaging innovations every week for our Innovation Zone database (book a one-to-one online demo here).

We have selected four new initiatives for you today.

Please forward to your friends and colleagues to stay up to date with the latest packaging innovation news.  They can click here to subscribe.

 

Catch up on last week’s Sustainable Packaging Review Webinar

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Packaging question of the week

As a consumer, are you more concerned about packaging hygiene than before the pandemic?  Vote and comment now. 

Last week. Is greenwashing in packaging on the rise? 75% said yes.


You can nearly 6,200 others and stay up to speed on the latest packaging news from ThePackHub by following us on LinkedIn – www.linkedin.com/company/thepackhub

 

#1 Shower care range start refill trial in German drugstores

dm is the largest drugstore chain in Germany with nearly 2,000 outlets. The Karlsruhe headquartered retailer is offering its customers the opportunity to refill Nivea Creme Soft and Nivea Creme Sensitive care shower products. The pilot in three retail outlets will be trialled for up to eight months. dm is working with Nivea owner Beiersdorf to share consumer feedback with a longer-term view to save on packaging use to help promote a more circular economy.  Specially developed Nivea care shower refill stations have been created. Shoppers can fill up empty bottles of Nivea care up to three times. After the third use, they will be asked to replace the bottles so that the packaging can be checked for quality and hygiene standards. In return, they receive a new bottle and a free refill free of charge.

 

More info in The Innovation Zone.


#2 Plant-based cling wrap breaks down in home compost

Following hot on the heels of Auckland-based Compostic (see Home compostable cling film is a global first), Great Wrap is an Australian start-up that has introduced a plant-based alternative to cling film. The material can go straight into consumers’ home composting or green-waste bin once used.  They have made marketing claims that the Great Wrap clingfilm is so effective at breaking down that is actually quicker than orange peel, which is approximately six months. The business first launched a compostable and biodegradable industrial pallet wrap earlier this year, for wine industry applications. Both wraps have compostable certification from Germany’s leading certifying body Din Certco. That means they break down within 180 days and leave no toxins behind. Great Wrap is made entirely from plant-based resins and cornstarch acids. Further developments sees a 600-metre commercial roll for use in restaurants to be released later this year.  Manufacture is undertaken in China with plans in place to shift to Australia. Great Wrap costs $8 (£4.40) and is available online.

#3 Smart containers can automatically reorder refills

Vesta Smart Packaging is a new approach to the provision and storage of products. Vesta’s smart containers know when they’re empty and automatically reorder environmentally friendly refills. The solution provides a complete auto-replenishment packaging service that provides efficient ‘just in time’ supply through an automated refill ordering system to provide continuous supply for consumers. Packages are weight-based and connected through Wi-Fi. The platform controls the refill and access to user data. An app provides end-user management. The distribution model helps companies reduce their reliance on long-life packaging.  Vesta packages have an energy-saving activation that has led to estimated battery lifetimes of up to 20 years on a single charge based on a live activation of eight months. A platform called Smart Supply hosts and manages Vesta’s proprietary refill algorithm, which ingests user data and predicts the days remaining until the next outage. The algorithm incorporates machine-learning technology that gets more accurate over time. The app has two primary functions  It enables end-users to register new Vesta packs with a single scan of the QR code imprinted on the base of the pack. It also provides a channel to manage alert notifications and reordering confirmation. Store Room also provides a branded environment through which brands can interact with their end-users.  Vesta is rolling out trials with several manufacturers and expects to start delivering consumer trials. See also Smart olive oil bottle alerts user to re-order.

 

More info in The Innovation Zone.


#4 Personalised pack opportunity extends to computing products

Personalisation in packaging is an established tool offering brands the opportunity to engage with consumers as well as create a distinctive point of difference that can also enjoy a price premium. The market has calmed down of late having seemingly peaked in popularity around a couple of years ago. Most executions tend to be food, beverage and health and beauty examples but this time we see a less conventional sector join the game. Computer brand Compaq has started its ‘My Hero Is High Tech’ promotion. Shoppers can personalize the packaging of Compaq’s CQ-25 notebook to give as a gift for the recent Brazil fathers day celebrations (that’s quite a gift!) The personalisation process is through three simple steps. They purchase the product at the Sincstore retailer, upload a photo and then a message. It is also possible to add a video link that can be accessed via a QR Code also printed on the pack via the recipient’s smartphone.

 

More info in The Innovation Zone.


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.


August 2020

Innovation Zone Snapshot – Clear plastic bottle alternative to aerosols introduced

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Welcome to this week’s Innovation Zone snapshot from ThePackHub.

ThePackHub collates up to 20 new packaging innovations every week for our Innovation Zone database (book a one-to-one online demo here).

We have selected four new initiatives for you today.

Please forward to your friends and colleagues to stay up to date with the latest packaging innovation news.  They can click here to subscribe.

 

 

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Next Free Webinar from ThePackHub
Thursday 6th August

Thursday 6th August at 10am BST & 1pm EST (6pm BST)

All new innovations.

Join us for our latest free one hour webinar. Catch up on the latest sustainable packaging innovation trends with this whistle-stop tour of the latest initiatives. We will cover many recent in-market and developmental examples to inspire you and keep you up to speed.

We will also be joined by John Williams of Aquapak who will be discussing their biodegradable and marine safe polymer film.

Hosted by Paul Jenkins, Managing Director and Barrington Pamplin, Technical Director of ThePackHub. There will be opportunities for Q&A as well as a poll or two. Feel free to share with your colleagues.

Register for free:
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Packaging question of the week

Sustainable packaging has never been a higher priority but is greenwashing on the rise?  Vote and comment now. 

Last week. 28% will be attending the rearranged Packaging Innovations show in London on 8th & 9th December.


You can nearly 6,200 others and stay up to speed on the latest packaging news from ThePackHub by following us on LinkedIn – www.linkedin.com/company/thepackhub

 

#1 Clear plastic bottle alternative to aerosols introduced

A new PET packaging initiative for aerosols has been introduced as an alternative to aluminium or tinplate cans and is suitable for a variety of applications. The new transparent plastic bottle from Austrian international plastics manufacturer Alpla is extremely light and shock-resistant and boasts functional benefits for consumers as well as some environmental advantages. The solution has an array of practical market uses for cosmetic products, deodorants, sunscreens and room fragrances. The lighter weight results in less material being used and lower consequent distribution costs that positively reduces carbon footprint impact. The distinctive transparent appearance makes for a good point of difference on the retail shelf. The bottle consists completely of PET making it recyclable. An internal coating used for aluminium and tin cans is not necessary. Various shapes, sizes and surfaces can be made.

 

More info in The Innovation Zone.


#2 E-commerce boxes with built-in play factor can be recycled into cat condos, forts and more

When it comes to present-giving, it is perhaps a frequent frustration for parents whose children play with the box more than the toy.  E-commerce giants Amazon hopes that it might help reinforce this behaviour as well as take a step in the right direction from an environmental perspective. The retailer is introducing boxes that can be recycled into a variety of post-use formats such as cat condos, forts, rockets, robot costumes and other creations. The boxes with built-in play factor have a ‘call to action’ to recycle the boxes with a QR code. This directs consumers to a special landing page to make the cardboard concepts. Amazon has been making progress on reducing packaging waste as part of its “Less Packaging, More Smiles” programme. It is claimed that is has reduced the weight of its packaging by 33% and eliminated more than 880,000 tons of packaging material in recent years. See also Secondary packaging for television range encourages reuse.

#3 Solvent ink development improves colour-change packs

New solvent ink technology is being introduced that makes colour-changing inks more cost-effective and easier to implement. The changes allow for a full series of hot, cool and sunlight-activated pack surface options for food and beverage brands. The specialty inks popular for creating special effects on packaging for beer and carbonated soft drinks are now feasible for water and coffee cups. The development helps to speed up manufacturing operations. Previously, printers have used water-based inks that have a slower manufacturing process. The new range of colour-change technologies using solvent inks from Chromatic Technologies Inc.(CTI)  The range from the Colorado Springs-based business includes temperature-activated thermochromic, sunlight-activated photochromic, glow-in-the-dark, and reveal technology inks where a message or communication is exposed once the product has been consumed.  The new solvent-specialty inks eliminate the operational hurdles of water-based inks.  CTI offers an in-house design service to help develop concepts that can be quickly tested with consumers.

 

More info in The Innovation Zone.


#4 New technology that fully biodegrades common forms of plastic leaves no microplastics

UK start-up Polymateria is developing a new technology that would see plastics automatically biodegrade to leave no trace. Polymateria is working with Imperial College University in London and technology is called Biotransformation. the process fully biodegrades common forms of plastic to leave behind no microplastics and therefore no lasting environmental impact. The development of some biodegradable solutions in the past have struggled due to the creation of microplastics. There can also be issues with biodegradable packaging’s compatibility with recycling operations. The development of the Cycle+ plastic sees a solution that will biodegrade after about three years. The plastic is still recyclable during its usable lifetime. This opens up the exciting possibility of creating packaging that is both recyclable and biodegradable. Polymateria’s other development DegrAid is a material designed for single-use plastics where recycling is unfortunately not an option due to littering. This material begins breaking down within six months. The solutions have good potential to scale up quickly without significant costs. Polymateria has received additional funding to accelerate its development.

 

More info in The Innovation Zone.


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.


July 2020

Innovation Zone Snapshot – Oral care tube portfolio to switch to fully recyclable format

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Welcome to this week’s Innovation Zone snapshot from ThePackHub.

ThePackHub collates up to 20 new packaging innovations every week for our Innovation Zone database (book a one-to-one online demo here).

We have selected four new initiatives for you today.

Please forward to your friends and colleagues to stay up to date with the latest packaging innovation news.  They can click here to subscribe.

You can now watch ThePackHub’s last sustainable packaging webinar in full

 

 

Next Free Webinar from ThePackHub
Thursday 6th August

Thursday 6th August at 10am BST & 1pm EST (6pm BST)

All new innovations.

Join us for our latest free one hour webinar. Catch up on the latest sustainable packaging innovation trends with this whistle-stop tour of the latest initiatives. We will cover many recent in-market and developmental examples to inspire you and keep you up to speed.

We will also be joined by John Williams of Aquapak who will be discussing their biodegradable and marine safe polymer film.

Hosted by Paul Jenkins, Managing Director and Barrington Pamplin, Technical Director of ThePackHub. There will be opportunities for Q&A as well as a poll or two. Feel free to share with your colleagues.

Register for free:
Thursday 6th August
10am BST 
1pm EST (6pm BST)


Packaging question of the week

Who will be attending the rearranged Packaging Innovations show in London on 8th & 9th December?  Vote and comment now. 

Last week. Would you participate in the Loop reusable packaging scheme if it was available in your area? 78% said ‘Yes’.


You can join 6,100 others and stay up to speed on the latest packaging news from ThePackHub by following us on LinkedIn – www.linkedin.com/company/thepackhub

 

#1 Oral care tube portfolio to switch to fully recyclable format

Toothpaste tubes are sold in their millions every day but the vast majority cannot be recycled. Their multi-layer construction makes them impossible to recycle in municipal facilities. A lot of work is being undertaken behind the scenes. More work has been announced by German consumer goods leader Henkel. Their complete Oral Care tube portfolio will be fully recyclable by early next year and will contribute to the brand owner’s goal to achieve 100% recyclable packaging by 2025. The transition will be incorporated by Spanish toothpaste brand Licor del Polo and will incorporate proprietary Greenleaf tube technology from the supplier of the world’s largest range of beauty and personal care packaging Albéa. The solution enables the packaging to be fully recyclable wherever collection schemes are active. The tubes are technically recyclable within the existing HDPE bottles recycling streams. The unique tube-making technology uses a single-blown film to reduce the product’s CO2 footprint.  The Greenleaf technology will convert more than 700 tons of packaging material per year into a category, that can be utilized and recovered by existing waste recycling streams. The world’s first full HDPE tube in 2021, which will then also include the cap. See also First-ever recyclable toothpaste tube starts market rollout.

 

More info in The Innovation Zone.


#2 QR codes applied to inside of closures ensures engagement is from end user

Leading system and solutions provider for aseptic packaging and regulars to the Innovation Zone SIG Comblibloc is improving consumer engagement with the extension of their PAC.ENGAGE QR code solutions for their closures. The launch of the ‘One Cap, One Code’ initiative opens up one-to-one marketing dialogue for brand owners. SIG’s digital closure solution has been launched initially for their combiGo closure and enables food and beverage brands to apply QR codes to the inside of closures, which will only be visible to the end consumer. QR codes are easily and quickly scanned by smartphones to keep consumers entertained and informed. Hiding QR codes in the closures inside the pack offers a more personal touch and one that guaranteed dialogue with the actual end user rather than anyone else that might decide to scan the pack before consumption. One of the largest dairy producers in China, Inner Mongolia Yili Industrial Group Co is an early adopter and will launch ‘Perfect Love’ fruit yoghurt with a QR code in the closure.

#3 Air chamber design prevents packaging from sinking into ocean

The global challenge of mounting ocean plastic waste is not going away. It is estimated that the equivalent of a truck’s worth of plastic enters our seas every single minute. A new packaging format has been designed that hopes to help make the recovery of the materials easier. Gravity System is a Spanish design that prevents packaging from sinking into oceans and rivers. A small air chamber in the container’s base prevents it from sinking. This allows it to remain afloat on the water’s surface and therefore more visible for collection and potential recycling. The high visibility may also reduce the ‘out of sight, out of mind’ mantra that may reduce efforts to collect materials. The solution has been created in collaboration with innovation business La Fábrica de Inventos. Any size container can be adapted and is does not matter what type of plastic is used. The redesign can be created without harming the internal content and without damaging its ergonomic and functional exterior shape. The piece snaps into the bottom of the container. The system could be further improved if the piece itself was given a reflective finish that would increase its visibility.

 

More info in The Innovation Zone.


#4 Introduction of 100% recyclable own-label crisp tube is a UK retailer first

Retailer Asda is pushing forward with their commitment to reduce their own-brand plastic in their packaging by another 15% by next year. The Walmart owned UK supermarket has announced that it has become the first retailer in the UK to introduce a 100% recyclable own-label crisp tube. The change will cut 98.2 tonnes of non-recyclable packaging from Asda’s supply chain, the equivalent of 2.34 million tubes of crisps each year.  Asda is switching the whole of its own-brand Snax range into cardboard-only packaging. Crisp tubes are conventionally made from a combination of foil, metal and cardboard materials making them non-recyclable. Asda have now introduced a solution for their crisp tubes that’s easy and simple for consumers to recycle. It is assumed that the change will lead to some compromise to overall shelf-life. The Snax products come in two varieties, Original and Sour Cream and Onion and shoppers can purchase the new packs in-store and online.

 

More info in The Innovation Zone.


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.


July 2020

Innovation Zone Snapshot – Sustainably sourced pulp bottle shakes up spirits market

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Welcome to this week’s Innovation Zone snapshot from ThePackHub.

ThePackHub collates up to 20 new packaging innovations every week for our Innovation Zone database (book a one-to-one online demo here).

We have selected four new initiatives for you today.


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Next Free Webinar from ThePackHub
Thursday 6th August

Thursday 6th August at 10am BST & 1pm EST (6pm BST)

All new innovations.

Join us for our latest free one hour webinar. Catch up on the latest sustainable packaging innovation trends with this whistle-stop tour of the latest initiatives. We will cover many recent in-market and developmental examples to inspire you and keep you up to speed.

We will also be joined by John Williams of Aquapak who will be discussing their biodegradable and marine safe polymer film.

Hosted by Paul Jenkins, Managing Director and Barrington Pamplin, Technical Director of ThePackHub. There will be opportunities for Q&A as well as a poll or two. Feel free to share with your colleagues.

Register for free:
Thursday 6th August
10am BST 
1pm EST (6pm BST)


Packaging question of the week

Would you participate in the Loop reusable packaging scheme if it was available in your area?  Vote and comment now. 

Last week, Following the recent high profile new launches from Frugalpac and Diageo, are paper bottles the future of beverage packaging? 26% said Yes. Voting and commenting still open.


You can now watch ThePackHub’s last sustainable packaging webinar in full

 

You can join over 6,000 others and stay up to speed on the latest packaging news from ThePackHub by following us on LinkedIn – www.linkedin.com/company/thepackhub

 

#1 Sustainably sourced pulp bottle shakes up spirits market

Following the news of Frugalpac’s introduction of a 94% recycled paper-based wine bottle, see Paper-based wine pack is five times lighter than the average glass bottle,  Diageo has also joined the party as part of the Pulpex Consortium.  The multinational drinks company has announced the introduction of a potentially groundbreaking Johnny Walker sustainably sourced pulp bottle that complies with international food and drink safety standards. The contents are reported protected by a resin rather than a plastic one. The resin delivers the necessary barrier to hold the liquid and it is claimed it will disintegrate post-use. The bottle is fully recyclable and made from sustainably sourced pulp. It is declared to be the world’s first paper-based and plastic-free spirits bottle. The cap will be made of aluminium, which is recyclable. See also Carlsberg’s World’s first paper beer bottle a step closer to reality.

More info in The Innovation Zone.


#2 Innovative closure system reduces coffee spillages

Reusable cups have become an essential item for many on-the-go beverage drinkers. There has been a multitude of new examples come to our attention In the Innovation Zone. The solutions often offer a distinctive point of differentiation to help make them stand out in the market as well as enjoy a potential valued-added price premium. Coffee aficionados claim that the aroma of the drink is as important as the taste. Reusable coffee cups with lids (and therefore a small opening) can compromise this sensorial experience. The potential for hot coffee to spurt through the small hole is also an everyday reality with cup lids. The IRISgo initiative from Switzerland hopes to solve these challenges. The solution uses a clever innovative closure system to ensure that the aroma of the coffee flows freely with every gulp.  The IRISgo coffee cup secures its contents using a spiralling silicone membrane across the top of the cup.  The impactful lid alternative is opened by twisting the base to create effectively a lid-free drinking experience. It is completely leakproof when closed making it great for on-the-go transportation. The cup is made from a combination of stainless steel and food-safe PP. The cup is offered in 200 ml (7 oz) or 350 ml (12 oz) sizes.

#3 Home compostable cling film is a global first

Each year, it is estimated that New Zealand uses 119,000 kilometres of clingfilm. Multiply that by 200+ other markets and you have significant usage of a single-use plastic material. Cling wrap is traditionally made of a variety of plastics and is therefore not recyclable. Auckland-based Compostic (the name is a clue) has created a world-first cling wrap that can be composted at home.  It has launched its home compostable cling film in their native market and around 130 New Zealand retailers stock the wrap so far.  The company wanted to solve the problem for people who were not willing to try clingfilm alternatives such as those made from beeswax. See Recyclable and reusable food-grade film alternative keeps bread, cheese and fruit freshThe company’s compostable wrap and resealable bags were made of a blend of three biopolymers. The clingfilm is TUV Austria certified and will break down within 12 weeks in industrial composting and 24 weeks in home compost conditions. The Covid-19 pandemic has delayed Compostic’s rollout to the Australia and US markets, which will now take place by the end of the year. See also Compostable cling film designed for fresh produce usage.

 

More info in The Innovation Zone.


#4 Active packaging system launch created to maintain seafood freshness

The seafood industry is continually looking to develop solutions to improve the freshness and shelf life of their shipped products. See for example: Perforations optimise self-absorbing tray performanceAptar Food + Beverage, part of AptarGroup, has joined the development with the announcement of the launch of a new active packaging system designed for the seafood industry. Their proprietary SeaWell active packaging solution is reported to be a first-of-its-kind and is being utilized for a variety of seafood products at a leading US retailer with a roll out in more than 3,800 outlets. SeaWell incorporates technology that absorbs excess liquids that collect around the seafood that would subsequently negatively impact shelf life. The SeaWell system utilizes direct food-contact-safe absorbent materials that trap excess fluids inside integrated and hidden pockets to reduce the rate of microbial growth and chemical degradation. The system also enhances visual appeal and absorbs product odours. The SeaWell active packaging system provided a 99.9% reduction in aerobic bacteria for scallops. The technology also enables seafood processors to pack frozen for distribution and subsequently thaw for fresh sale.

 

More info in The Innovation Zone.


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.


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