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September 2020

Innovation Zone Snapshot – Perfume bottle designed for dual usage occasions

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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.

 

You can join nearly 6,500 others and stay up to speed on the latest packaging news from ThePackHub by following us on LinkedIn – www.linkedin.com/company/thepackhub

Out on Friday – Latest Early Bird Launch Offer

ThePackHub’s Refillable and Reusable Packaging Compendium 2020/21 is packed with vital trend information, analysis and insight from a global perspective.

Everything you need to know about the fast-growing refillable and reusable packaging market and more!

Find out which brands, retailers and suppliers are bringing refillable and reusable innovations to market and what you need to do to succeed.

Ends on Friday. Very Early Bird offer just £400 / $460 / €389* Save £50 and secure your Very Early Bird price now. 

Free Packaging Webinars from ThePackHub

This Thursday 24th September at 4 pm BST / 11:00 am ET

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.

Hosted by Paul Jenkins, Managing Director and Barrington Pamplin, Technical Director of ThePackHub.

Feel free to share with your colleagues.

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Thursday 24th September at 4 pm BST / 11:00 am ET

Book your free place now.

 


 

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#1 Perfume bottle designed for dual usage occasions

 

Aptar Beauty + Home has partnered with Japanese multinational personal care company Shiseido to create a new solution for the dispensing of perfumes. Issey Miyake’s L’Eau d’Issey now features a unique and versatile bottle offering two formats in one. A standard at-home ‘prestigious’ format has been combined with a travel format in a single set. The 2-in-1 bottle technology is a first for the already innovative perfume industry.  The novel double pack concept is called IGO / ISTAY. The ISTAY bottle is in keeping with the existing L’Eau d’Issey fragrance bottle design. The light and unbreakable IGO cap can be used out of the home and contains 20ml of fragrance and an integrated vaporizer. It clips to the ISTAY base to offer a travel format and can be used completely independently.


#2 World’s first unlimited returnable container subscription

A world first is being claimed with the introduction of an unlimited returnable container subscription for the food takeaway industry. The Innovation Zone has tracked several returnable containers schemes seemingly encouraged by a shift in consumer behaviour due to Covid-19 lockdown restrictions. The solution by barePack is claimed to be a practical service to make the takeaway food market more sustainable. It does away with single-use disposable packaging and allows for takeaways to be used on demand without consumers having to plan ahead to bring their own containers. Consumers can check out reusables from partner vendors and return reusables to any participating drop site using the GO Box app. barePack is a returnable container system that gives operators the opportunity to offer a more sustainable way to deliver takeaway. Each vendor is assigned a unique QR code, used by customers to check out their reusables. Vendors can simply self-select what containers or cups they wish to stock. barePack delivers an initial stock of clean reusables, deposit-free. Customers must have a barePack subscription and use the barePack app to borrow reusables. barePack staff regularly check where stock levels are to help re-adjust stock levels in the market. See also Czech reusable takeaway scheme aims to reduce packaging waste.

More info in The Innovation Zone.


#3 QR code Narrative Label uses 30 second audio clips and large-sized images for visually impaired

 

There are almost two million people living in the UK with sight loss and around 360,000 of those are registered as blind or partially sighted. An Italian start-up has developed a new initiative for food labels to help the visually-impaired understand vital pack information as well as be able to engage with a brand. An inclusive packaging solution sees the development of a QR code prototype. When the code is scanned on a pack it narrates olive oil packaging labels on a user’s smartphone. The “Narrative Label” uses a 30-second audio recording alongside a range of large-sized images, text and videos to detail the product contents. Sistemi e Servizi di Precisione (SISSPre) start-up has developed the QR code prototype, which is compatible with both Android and iOS systems. It is being trialed with 20 local businesses to test usability and user acceptance. The Narrative Label needs to be merely scanned for it to generate its contents. The content can be constantly updated by the brand owner without needing to change the QR code on the pack. Braille labeling on-pack can be cost-prohibitive.

 

More info in The Innovation Zone.


#4 Glue-free wooden cap features removable plastic inner for recycling

Wood packaging specialists Pujolasos delivers innovations to enhance sustainable perfume and cosmetic packaging. The Barcelona-based business has announced the introduction of a glue-free wooden cap, which has a removable and recyclable plastic inner, a first of its kind. The removable plastic inner means that it can be easily recycled post-use. Also made available is a mono-material threaded wooden cap. The recently developed patented wooden cap – the Woodle tackles the ongoing challenge of multi-material component recycling. The plastic inner is designed to be easily removed and then recycled after its useful life. Post-Consumer Recycled (PCR) plastic can also be incorporated to further enhance environmental credentials. The innovation is compatible with the majority of existing and potential perfumery and cosmetics packaging developments.

More info in The Innovation Zone.


Packaging question of the week

By 2025, how big will refillable and reusable packaging be? Vote and comment now.

Last week: 43% strongly agree that the growth of the refillable and reusable packaging market is a big opportunity for packaging suppliers.


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.


September 2020

Innovation Zone Snapshot – Recycled food grade soft plastic packaging is a cheese market first

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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.

 

You can join nearly 6,500 others and stay up to speed on the latest packaging news from ThePackHub by following us on LinkedIn – www.linkedin.com/company/thepackhub

Latest Early Bird Launch Offer

ThePackHub’s Refillable and Reusable Packaging Compendium 2020/21 is packed with vital trend information, analysis and insight from a global perspective.

Everything you need to know about the fast-growing refillable and reusable packaging market and more!

Find out which brands, retailers and suppliers are bringing refillable and reusable innovations to market and what you need to do to succeed.

Ends on Friday. Very Early Bird offer just £400 / $460 / €389* Save £50 and secure your Very Early Bird price now. 

Free Packaging Webinars from ThePackHub

This Thursday 17th September at 4 pm BST / 11:00 am ET

Catch up on the latest pharmaceutical packaging innovations with ThePackHub’s one-hour assessment of the latest initiatives. We will cover many recent in-market and in-development innovations to inspire you and keep you up to speed.

We will be joined from Australia by Tim MacDonald, Vice President – Medical of Snapsil who will be discussing their innovative ease of use solutions.

Hosted by Paul Jenkins, Managing Director and Barrington Pamplin, Technical Director of ThePackHub.

Feel free to share with your colleagues.

Register for free:
This Thursday 17th September at 4 pm BST / 11:00 am ET

Book your free place now.

Thursday 24th September at 4 pm BST / 11:00 am ET

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.

Hosted by Paul Jenkins, Managing Director and Barrington Pamplin, Technical Director of ThePackHub.

Feel free to share with your colleagues.

Register for free:
Thursday 24th September at 4 pm BST / 11:00 am ET

Book your free place now.

 


 

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#1 Recycled food grade soft plastic packaging is a cheese market first

 

According to the 2019 UK Household Plastic Collection Survey, just over 5% of soft plastic is collected to be recycled into new material and that is non-food grade only. UK supermarket leaders Tesco plan to change that with the introduction of the first recycled food-grade soft plastic packaging from materials returned by their customers. A trial will see the retailer’s own label cheese brand use the recycled packaging via their supplier Bradburys. It will contain a minimum of 30% recycled material. Recycling collection points specifically for soft plastics were introduced in 10 south-west Tesco stores with a view to identifying ways to create a closed-loop recycling system. The material is sent to London-based leading chemical recycling company Plastic Energy. They used packaging is converted into oil through pyrolysis. This recycled oil is then used by SABIC in their production process to make new plastic pellets. Sealed Air produced the new packaging for seven different cheese variants. Work is ongoing to access scalability.


#2 Market leader makes snack tube switch to improve recycling

It has been estimated that three million Pringles tubes are sold every day across Europe. The distinctive pack is being re-designed due to it being very hard to recycle. The composition of the ubiquitous tube is complex comprising of a metal base, metal tear-off freshness lid, foil-lined cardboard sleeve topped off with a plastic cap. The combination of these materials is necessary to maintain a 15-month shelf life but makes it impossible to recycle through existing waste systems. New packs have been developed and are being tested in selected Tesco stores and made of 90% paper. The rest is made of polyAl (PE and aluminium combination) plastic barrier to protect the contents against both oxygen and moisture. Both recyclable plastic and paper lid options are also on trial.  Both will still produce the distinctive ‘pop’ sound strongly associated with the brand.  The new designs have been in development for a year. See also Introduction of 100% recyclable own-label crisp tube is a UK retailer first.

More info in The Innovation Zone.


#3 Easy opening pack allows for controlled dispense and accurate dosing

 

Forest Glenn, Queensland-based Snapsil Corporation is an Australian leader in easy to use packaging technology. They have developed a distinctive and innovative new way to open medical devices with ease. Their patented technology for the Centre Snap Powder pack is most suitable for medical and pharmaceutical applications for easy opening, controlled dispense and accurate dosing. Suitable for powdered products, the pack design makes it easy for consumers to check for any residual powder that might be left to help reduce product wastage and ensure all is used.  It offers a one-stop continuous dispense and delivers excellent and efficient evacuation of product. The pack is small and easy to carry making it perfect for on-the-go usage. The easy to open pack is available in a range of customizable shapes and sizes.

 

More info in The Innovation Zone.


#4 Paper beverage packaging testing switches to vodka bottles

Absolut Company is examining alternative to glass bottle formats with the announcement that it is testing a small quantity of paper-based bottles. The activity is part of its collaboration with Paboco, a joint venture between Swedish pulp and paper manufacturer BillerudKorsnäs and bottle manufacturer Alpla Group. Paboco’s other partners include Coca-Cola, Carlsberg and L’Oréal. The first production of 2,000 prototypes will be submitted for controlled testing in Sweden and then the UK. The latest model is made from a combination of 57% paper and 43% plastic. The whole bottle is recyclable and is made of 100% recycled content.  Following initial feedback from consumers, a second pilot production run is planned. Absolut Vodka and Absolut Mixt will be the first two products tested in the paper bottles. The recycled plastic makes up the single barrier layer for the bottle, which can successfully be recycled with processing systems for this material are already in place. The next stage of development is striving towards the ultimate goal of a fully bio-based bottle.

More info in The Innovation Zone.


Packaging question of the week

The growth of the refillable and reusable packaging market is a big opportunity for packaging suppliers? Vote and comment now.

Last week: 43% say paper-based bottles is the format for the future for the beverage industry.


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.


September 2020

Innovation Zone Snapshot – Wide spray pattern for new closure covers more surface area with less product

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Innovation Zone ThePackHub - thepackhub.com

 

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.

 

You can join nearly 6,300 others and stay up to speed on the latest packaging news from ThePackHub by following us on LinkedIn – www.linkedin.com/company/thepackhub

Very Early Bird Launch Offer

ThePackHub’s Refillable and Reusable Packaging Compendium 2020/21 is packed with vital trend information, analysis and insight from a global perspective.

Everything you need to know about the fast-growing refillable and reusable packaging market and more!

Find out which brands, retailers and suppliers are bringing refillable and reusable innovations to market and what you need to do to succeed.

Ends on Friday. Very Early Bird offer just £350 / $460 / €389* Save £100 and secure your Very Early Bird price now. 

Free Packaging Webinars from ThePackHub

Thursday 17th September at 4 pm BST / 11:00 am ET

Catch up on the latest pharmaceutical packaging innovations with ThePackHub’s one-hour assessment of the latest initiatives. We will cover many recent in-market and in-development innovations to inspire you and keep you up to speed.

We will be joined from Australia by Tim MacDonald, Vice President – Medical of Snapsil who will be discussing their innovative ease of use solutions.

Hosted by Paul Jenkins, Managing Director and Barrington Pamplin, Technical Director of ThePackHub.

Feel free to share with your colleagues.

Register for free:
Thursday 17th September at 4 pm BST / 11:00 am ET

Book your free place now.

Thursday 24th September at 4 pm BST / 11:00 am ET

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.

Hosted by Paul Jenkins, Managing Director and Barrington Pamplin, Technical Director of ThePackHub.

Feel free to share with your colleagues.

Register for free:
Thursday 24th September at 4 pm BST / 11:00 am ET

Book your free place now.

 


 

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


#1 Wide spray pattern for new closure covers more surface area with less product

 

A new innovation from St. Louis, Missouri-based designer and distributor of rigid packaging TricorBraun aims to improve user convenience with a closure that transforms how liquids are dispensed. Their new Halo Multi-Stream closure has created a point of difference and a unique selling point via a wide spray pattern that can cover more surface area with less product. This not only helps to save the consumer time but also reduces product waste. The closure can quickly cover large surface areas. The solution is most effective for low viscosity formulas. It has applications for home cleaning products as well as lawn and garden care and automotive products.


#2 Omni-phobic coating allows the printing multiple layers of circuits onto paper

Researchers from Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana have developed a paper-based smart and interactive interface that could one day see packaging incorporate a touchpad or keyboard to revolutionise consumer engagement. Purdue’s School of Industrial Engineering team has developed a new way of using paper. The technology is compatible with conventional large-scale printing processes. The research team has developed a printing process that could render any paper or cardboard packaging into a keyboard, keypad or other easy-to-use touch interfaces. It is hoped that the new technology can make food packaging interactive. The self-powered, paper-based electronic device renders the paper repellent to water, oil and dust through the coating of fluorinated molecules. This ‘omni-phobic’ coating allows for the printing of multiple layers of circuits onto paper without ink smearing from one layer to the next. Vertical pressure sensors do not require external battery power. Energy is harvested from contact with the user. The new technology could help verify if food is safe to be eaten or even allow consumers to sign a pack by properly identifying themselves as the pack’s valid recipient. See also Interactive food tray lets diner create music whilst they eat.

More info in The Innovation Zone.


#3 Specialised folding techniques for boxes reduces filling material and excessive volume

 

Munich, Germany-based Manyfolds offers a solution that reduces the amount of packaging required for the e-commerce market. The business has developed an automatic system making boxes with specialized folding that reduces the amount of packaging required and its subsequent environmental impact. The solution also eliminates filling material and reduces excessive and unnecessary volume. Manyfolds research has indicated that typically up to half of the volume in conventional packaging is unused. Manyfolds’ machine cuts and marks the corrugated board for folding so that items can be placed in the box for shipping. They claim that Manyfolds typically cuts excessive volume by 40%. The size-optimized packaging is created via a free app and cloud platform. Customers simply upload two pictures of the item to be sent and an algorithm comes up with a made-to-measure solution to send out the fit-for-purpose packaging within a few days. The boxes can made up as fast as a standard pack. See also Cut to size corrugated solution reduces packaging overuse.

 

More info in The Innovation Zone.


#4 Each seasonal beer bottle has millions of different and unique festive patterns

For this year’s festive season, Heineken USA has created a new range of unlimited bottle designs. Each one has a unique number assigned in conjunction with a one-of-a-kind design. High-speed digital print uses the HP Indigo Mosaic algorithm to generate the exciting prospect of millions of different, festive-influenced pattern designs to ensure that no two bottles are alike. The different patterns incorporate the familiar Heineken colour palette and have been created for personal consumption or for the gifting market. Festive point-of-sale will help to drive consumers to enter the sweepstakes by redeeming the unique number on their bottle label by text or QR code.  As part of the activity, Heineken will also offer consumers the opportunity to win $1 million in a combined off- and on-premise promotion called ‘You’re one in a billion, now win a million’. See also Danone supports flavoured water brand with 100,000 unique designs

More info in The Innovation Zone.


Packaging question of the week

Absolut is the latest beverage brand to test paper-based bottles. Is this format the future for the beverage industry? Vote and comment now.

Last week: 90% say that consumer understanding of sustainable packaging needs to improve.


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.


September 2020

Innovation Zone Snapshot – Retailer rewards shoppers for packs collected for recycling with free product

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Innovation Zone ThePackHub - thepackhub.com

 

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.

 

You can join over 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

Very Early Bird Launch Offer

ThePackHub’s Refillable and Reusable Packaging Compendium 2020/21 is packed with vital trend information, analysis and insight from a global perspective.

Everything you need to know about the fast growing refillable and reusable packaging market and more!

Find out which brands, retailers and suppliers are bringing refillable and reusable innovations to market and what you need to do to succeed.

Very Early Bird offer just £350 / $460 / €389* Save £100 and secure your Very Early Bird price now. 

Free Packaging Webinars from ThePackHub

Thursday 17th September at 4 pm BST / 11:00 am ET

Catch up on the latest pharmaceutical packaging innovations with ThePackHub’s one-hour assessment of the latest initiatives. We will cover many recent in-market and in-development innovations to inspire you and keep you up to speed.

We will be joined from Australia by Tim MacDonald, Vice President – Medical of Snapsil who will be discussing their innovative ease of use solutions.

Hosted by Paul Jenkins, Managing Director and Barrington Pamplin, Technical Director of ThePackHub.

Feel free to share with your colleagues.

Register for free:
Thursday 17th September at 4 pm BST / 11:00 am ET

Book your free place now.

Thursday 24th September at 4 pm BST / 11:00 am ET

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.

Hosted by Paul Jenkins, Managing Director and Barrington Pamplin, Technical Director of ThePackHub.

Feel free to share with your colleagues.

Register for free:
Thursday 24th September at 4 pm BST / 11:00 am ET

Book your free place now.

 


 

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


#1 Retailer rewards shoppers for packs collected for recycling with free product

 

Natura is a Brazilian global personal care cosmetics group headquartered in São Paulo. The business is boosting its sustainability credentials with the launch of a reverse logistics programme to encourage consumers to recycle often difficult packaging. For every five full-size packs that shoppers bring back to participating cosmetics stores, they will receive a free new pack as a generous recycling incentive. The activity applies across Natura’s four Brazilian retail brands: Avon, Natura, The Body Shop and Aesop. The operation is taking place in conjunction with global recycling experts TerraCycle who are responsible for managing the collection and subsequent recycling of the packaging. The collected material will create new plastic items such as garden furniture, plant pots, traffic cones, vegetable boxes and other utensils. The activity is taking place in 60 Brazilian Natura shopping stores and 35 The Body Shop outlets. The purpose is to promote the accurate disposal of packaging, recycling with an over-arching circular economy. The initiative is part of Natura’s recently launched “Commitment to Life” plan.


#2 Spout attachment reduces plastic use by approximately 50%

Tokyo-based chemical and cosmetics company Kao Corporation has been striving to reduce plastic consumption with the development of a new packaging solution that promises to reduce plastic use by a reported 50% compared with plastic bottles with a pump dispenser. The Raku-raku Switch attaches directly to its Eco-Pack Refill packs to turn them into primary packaging to reduce plastic use compared to plastic bottles that use a pump dispenser. The Raku-raku Switch attaches to the opening of the refill pack, which is made of plastic film. At the other end of the switch is a dispenser spout. In the middle is a soft button that when pressed releases a fixed amount of the liquid contents to be dispensed. This makes the product easy to use with little physical effort required The design also helps maintain a sanitary state by preventing air and water from entering even whilst the contents are being dispensed. The solution also ensures that all the liquid content is used. Kao plans to study its application in a wide range of future products.

More info in The Innovation Zone.


#3 Blueberry lidding film and punnet for can now be recycled together

 

Asda has a mission to make all of its own brand packaging across all materials 100% recyclable by 2025. The Wallmart-owned retailer and the third biggest in the UK is working on many packaging initiatives to make this a reality. One of these is the announcement of the introduction of the first 100% recyclable blueberry punnet, including the film lid. The supermarket chain’s initiative will mean that 5.5 million previously unrecyclable film lids can now be recycled alongside the punnet every year. The first 100% recyclable blueberry punnet means shoppers can now recycle the punnets and film as a whole, without removing the lid. The punnets have been designed so that the film lid cannot be removed making the whole tray recycling process intuitive and straight forward. Customers can now purchase the 100% recyclable blueberry punnets in-store and online. The retailer has announced the plans for a trial on several other fruit punnets including grapes and tomatoes that could ultimately save around 110 million lids per year. The packaging has been created by second-largest privately owned food processing business in the UK, IPL International Procurement and Logistics

 

More info in The Innovation Zone.


#4 Washable Snack’n’Go food bag reduces single-use sandwich packaging

The drive to reduce single-use packaging and decrease household plastic waste has led to some inventive reusable pack alternatives from around the world. European retailer Spar is on the case and has introduced a new reusable packaging solution for food items for their Interspar hypermarket chain across Hungary. The washable Snack’n’Go food bag is a BPA-free solution, suitable for the packaging of a variety of different items such as fruit and vegetables, sandwiches and even seeds. The inside of the distinctive-looking bag is made of a stain repellent material. It does not allow moisture to pass through but still offers excellent breathability to help keep produce in optimum condition. It is not clear how much this will cost shoppers to purchase. See also Reusable sandwich bag pushes for funding.

More info in The Innovation Zone.


Packaging question of the week

Does consumer understanding of sustainable packaging need to improve?  Vote and comment now.

Last week: 60% say that the packaging industry starting to get back to pre-Covid 19 normality.


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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