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March 2019

Innovation Zone Snapshot – Plastic lid-free on-the-go coffee cups save 44 tonnes of annual plastic 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.

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#1 Plastic lid-free on-the-go coffee cups save 44 tonnes of annual plastic waste

German hypermarket chain Kaufland operates more than 660 branches nationwide and is tackling the challenge of single-use plastic use with a new innovation for their own-brand K-to-go coffee cups.  The retailer has integrated a drinking port in the aluminium closure making it not only easier for consumers to drink on-the-go but also does away with a plastic lid. It is reported that the change not only reduces waste but also saves around 44 tons of plastic per year.  Kaufland also wants to take the disposable tableware from the range later this year. See also Strawless lid will eliminate one billion Starbucks straws a year.

 

More info in The Innovation Zone.


#2 Biodegradable paper pouches perfect for horse supplement brand’s needs

Thurston, Suffolk based Hack Up is an equine supplement business on a mission to reduce the amount of plastic in its packaging. The business has switched to paper-based pouches that will benefit from customer disposal behaviour. The 1kg heat-sealed wax paper pouches can be placed post-use in a muck heap to completely biodegrade in around six weeks.The packaging overhaul also sees the business switch out of plastic tubs into retro-style tin pails.  The plastic pot is hard to recycle due to the lack of capability at council facilities. The company had also been able to absorb the costs of the packaging switch. The lining of the pouches have an oxidising accelerator so that they degrade faster than ordinary paper.

More info in The Innovation Zone.


#3 Fruit sticker increases shelf life by up to two weeks

A Seattle business is partnering with a Malaysian inventor on a new way to help keep fruit products fresher for longer. The new solution is a sticker that is placed on the produce that can help increase the freshness of fruit by up to two weeks. Stixfresh is a label which can be applied directly to fruit that generate ethylene as they ripen. The sticker’s coating is made up of a formula of beeswax and ionised sodium chloride. The compounds work to create a protective layer around the fruit. The innovation is set to have a positive impact on a variety of fruit that require long travels in the supply chain. The sticker was originally invented to target mangoes but can also apply to fruit such as apples, pears, kiwis, avocados and oranges. The sticker does not need to be removed as it is edible and can be eaten. Stixfresh have launched a crowdfunding campaign via Indiegogo.

More info in The Innovation Zone.


#4 Biodegradable water bottle has six months shelf life

Cove is a new water brand that is being launched in a biopolymer-based bottle. Cove is claimed to be the first bottle of water made entirely of a biodegradable material. The Cove bottle and cap is made from PHA, which is 100% compostable and breaks down into organic waste when placed in a compost bin. The bottle label is made of paper using non-toxic inks and adhesives.The BPA-free bottle is claimed to safely break down in soil, fresh water and the sea. Cove has been undertaking tests and estimate that the container will take about five years to biodegrade in soil. Cove’s strategy includes working with big water brands in due course to switch to its PHA bottles. The shelf life of the bottle is reported to be six months and be be reused and refilled up to the use by date. A 500 ml bottle of Cove water is priced at $2 (£1.52).   See also Compostable water bottle created in unique design format.

More info in The Innovation Zone.


 

 

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Until next time. Happy innovating.


March 2019

Innovation Zone Snapshot – Aseptic packs saves on supply chain space

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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 Aseptic packs saves on supply chain space and secondary packaging

Leading food processing and packaging company Tetra Pak has announced the introduction of a new pack format that has good supply chain space saving opportunities as well as the opportunities to reduce the amount of packaging required. The solution allows six products to be collated to form the shape of a cube. This improves the use of space in distribution and storage. The Tetra Classic Aseptic 65ml Cube can be used for dairy, juice and liquid food products. The pack uses around 40% less space compared to the company’s Classic Aseptic 65ml packs. Customers with existing Tetra Classic Aseptic filling machines can switch to this new pack format with a minimal investment and a quick payback. A Southeast Asia cooking ingredient brand has introduced the pack to help mitigate market logistic challenges. See also Flat win bottles reduce supply chain carbon emissions.

More info in The Innovation Zone.


#2 New carton doubles avocado shelf life

Miami-headquartered and family owned WP Produce has created a solution to the challenges of avocado shelf life with the introduction of a new box that promises to double the shelf life of the produce. The solution uses ethylene-filtering technology that sees a new carton design increase air circulation as well as ventilation to add vital additional days of product freshness. The project took several years to develop to find the right solution for air flow and also to refine the exact amount of ethylene surrounding the fruit. See also Spray-on edible coating doubles avocado shelf life.

More info in The Innovation Zone.


#3 Easy open coconut water pack reduces packaging use

Coconut water brand Edencoco is stripping back on the amount of packaging used with a new innovation. The coconut water is not decanted into a plastic or glass bottle. Instead the shell itself is used to carry and protect the contents. The solution for the Brazil market has an easy opening system similar to that of a conventional aluminium beverage can. Most of the green bark of the coconut is removed, while the protective fibre wrap is still maintained. This fibre is drilled to make room for a symmetrical opening, which breaks the shell but not the pulp. This preserves the water without the necessity of chemical substances. The seal is made from the natural coconut fibre resin. A paperboard holder helps to stabilise the coconut to ensure its stands proud on any surface. The drink is accessed via a plastic drinking straw stored in the packaging. See also Coconut water stands out in its own natural container.

More info in The Innovation Zone.


#4 Reusable snack pack tackles the challenge of messy hands

There was news recently about a ‘drinkable snack’ that would help prevent consumers from getting their hands messy. We’re not sure if will be a commercial success…. Another way to tackle the challenge of messy hands has been undertaken by the PepsiCo’s Doritos brand for the Israel market.  Tel Aviv innovation agency Gefen Team helped create the solution to help those consumers (most of us!) who have nowhere to wipe their fingers. The pack not only stores the contents as you might expect but also serves as a towel! The aptly named Towel Bag is a limited edition and is produced with the same fabric used in towels. According to the agency, the packis 100% sustainable as it can be washed and reused countless times. We’re not sure about the pack’s barrier properties!

More info in The Innovation Zone.


 

 

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Until next time. Happy innovating.


March 2019

Innovation Zone Snapshot – Nano coating repels dirt for premium cosmetics

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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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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 Nano coating repels dirt for premium cosmetics

A new nano coating development solves a long standing problem for purveyors of premium brands. The technology helps to repel dirt, dust and stains from plastic packaging to ensure that premium and luxury products continue to look their best. The launch of a new solution from New York City based advanced materials specialists MetaShield offers a patent-pending option to protect packaging and products. MetaShieldCLEAN is a transparent, nanotechnology-based coating that repels the unforgiving mess that can accumulate on consumer packaging during use. The coating is seen as being ideal for the cosmetics industry as well as potential applications for electronics and appliance products. The formulation is an alternative to aqueous or solvent-based clear coatings and has a low volatile organic compounds (VOC) content. MetaShieldCLEAN enables brands to maintain their impact post-purchase by reducing the accumulation of dirt and smears and can be applied to most packaging surfaces such as glass, metal, ceramic and other plastics with a simple, easy-to-use pre-treatment. The formulation was developed by the in-house MetaShield team.

More info in The Innovation Zone.


#2 Cube-shaped single-serve box designed for on-the-go cereal consumption

There was a time when breakfast was consumed just about always at the start of the day and at the kitchen table. Life has become increasingly busy and meal routines more and more blurred. Eating on the go is becoming a social norm as busy consumers try and cram in meals to meet ever busy lives. Nestle have seized on this growing opportunity with the introduction of their Box Bowls range. These are a convenient single-serve portion of cereal presented in a distinctive cube-shaped box. The unique format allows consumers to eat cereal straight from the box. All they need to do is add milk to the bag placed in the box. The Box Bowls are available as a selection pack, which includes a range of familiar cereal variants from Nestle. The cartons are recyclable, plus the bag and over-wrap film can be recycled where available. The packs have been introduced to UK Morrisons stores.

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#3 Unique cellular structure keeps industrial products safe

The patent pending Flexi-Hex packaging system is a 100% paper-based structure constructed with water based glues. The biodegradable Flexi-Hex system has a distinctive cardboard honeycomb format to deliver inherent pack strength and flexibility. The honeycomb mesh provides high compression resistance with the open cell layers helping to provide a cushioning to the contents that moulds around objects to dissipate impact force.  The honeycomb expands to create a sleeve that is around 35 times wider than in its compressed form. Flexi-Hex is biodegradable and can displace a considerable amount of plastic waste. Flexi-Hex is lightweight and in its compressed form takes up little storage space. The result is a strong material which can prevent damage to fragile products in transit for a variety of industrial and commercial products.

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#4 Patented refill cartridges deliver reusable cleaning

A new way to help the environment through the use of reduced materials has been introduced by US cleaning brand Truman’s. Adding water at the point of use has been used by several brands in recent times to reduce the amount of packaging used as well as to decrease supply chain carbon emissions via packs not made heavier by transporting water.  Consumers combine their own water with Truman’s patented refill cartridges and can re-use the bottle many times. The refills save space with the claim that around 10 years worth of refills can in theory be stored comfortably in the average kitchen drawer. The Truman’s refills reduce plastic waste by more than 90% as well as being recyclable. The refills are $3.75 (£2.83) and the bottles as well as shipping are free for subscribers.

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Until next time. Happy innovating.


February 2019

Innovation Zone Snapshot – Leading water brand launches refillable glass bottle

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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.


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  • 1 delegate place just £199 + VAT. Save £160.

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#1 Leading water brand launches refillable glass bottle

Danone is joining the smart and intelligent packaging party with the introduction of smart caps for their Font Vella Spanish mineral water brand. The cap will allow users to track their levels of hydration and tackles the trend for consumers to reuse and refill their water bottles The Coach2O widget monitors water intake to ensure that users enjoy enough hydration. It works by clipping onto an existing bottle cap and then recording the volume of water consumed. It also prompts users to drink their water via a blinking light. A smart phone app allows consumers to set daily goals and adjust the settings to meet their specific requirements. Danone developed the device in partnership with smart packaging Water.io. We reported on this innovation at the time of its launch Smart device reminds consumers to stay hydrated.

 

More info in The Innovation Zone.


#2 Modified atmosphere solution enhances product aroma

Spanish industrial and medicinal gases specialists Carburos Metálicos is part of the Air Products Group. The business has launched a new modified atmosphere (MAP) solution that enhances the aroma of food. Freshline Aroma MAP vaporizes natural aromas during the mixing of gases that occurs in packaging during the modified atmosphere process. There are no additional production steps required to achieve this. The system vaporizes natural aromas like essential oils during the mixture of gases. The system injects a precise amount of aromas into the gas flow to enhance product aroma. The mixture is introduced into the packaging machine in the same way as with the standard MAP methodology. As well as the sensory experience of the consumer being improved, some essential oils can also extend the shelf life of a product.The Freshline Aroma MAP can be incorporated into the existing packaging lines.

More info in The Innovation Zone.


We’ve reached 3,000 packaging innovations!

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#3 Washable paper bag improves packaging-free options

The perception that there is too much single-use plastic waste in circulation is leading to a growing movement for packaging-free shopping. New retail outlets are popping up that offer shoppers the opportunity to fill their own products. A German start-up hopes to exploit this growing trend. FÜLL is a refillable bag made from washable paper specifically for the German market. It is reusable, durable and 100% recyclable.  The solution not only reduces the amount of packaging used, it could also help to prevent food waste as shoppers can now determine exactly how much they need to buy. FÜLL is made from 70% cellulose combined with 30% latex making the bag tear resistant. FÜLL’s stainless steel snap fasteners ensures the bag stays tightly closed. Three different FÜLL sizes are available from 100g to 1000g. It can simply be washed out with a mild detergent to clean. See also Reusable fruit and veg bags launched as alternative to single-use plastic and Reusable paper bags for fruit and veg hit Austrian supermarket shelves.

More info in The Innovation Zone.


4 Conical-shaped pouch is fully recyclable

A new conical-shaped pouch has been introduced that promises enhanced shelf stand-out as well as improved sustainable credentials compared to other pack formats. The pack has been created by Monoco-based Sempack. The disruptive and distinctive pack is a flexible conical pouch that is can stand up on shelf both up or down. The design is based on the pastry bag and has been created to cater for several kind of products such as liquid creams, pasty and semi-pasty powders as well as cosmetics and pharmaceutical applications. The ergonomic design can be fully customisable in terms of pack size, caps and surface finishes.

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Until next time. Happy innovating.


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