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November 2019

Innovation Zone Snapshot – Seaweed-based sauce sachets help prevent plastic entering landfill

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

ThePackHub collates up to 20 new packaging innovations every week. We have selected four brand new initiatives that we hope will be on interest to you below.

New: ThePackHub’s Packaging Innovation Briefing Report for November 2019 is out now on Friday. This comprehensive and unique review of the month’s global packaging innovations ensures you are kept up to speed and fully informed of all the latest packaging innovations. This essential review is available as a PDF for just £99 + VAT.

 

You can join nearly 4,000 others and stay up to speed on the latest packaging news from ThePackHub by following us on LinkedIn – www.linkedin.com/company/thepackhub

#1 Seaweed-based sauce sachets help prevent plastic entering landfill

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

UK online food order and delivery service Just Eat is partnering with Unilever to trial a range of Hellmann’s sauces served in seaweed-based sachets. The flavourless sachets are 100% biodegradable and aims to reduce single-use plastic waste for takeaways. The capsule was invented and manufactured by UK based company Notpla (formerly Skipping Rocks Lab).  The pilot scheme will allow consumers to order Hellmann’s ketchup, BBQ, tartare and garlic sauces from 65 restaurants in this new format. The firms plan to expand to more cities if trials prove successful. According to Just Eat, 92% of customers surveyed said they would like to see more of their takeaway sauces in the seaweed-based sauce sachets. More than 9 out of ten found the sachets easier to use than a normal sachet.

 

More info in The Innovation Zone.


#2 Holographic lens effect turns heads for beverage brands

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India based Uflex has multiple locations in their home country as well as film facilities in several other countries around the world. The business has announced the launch of ‘Asepto Eye’ for aseptic beverage packaging applications. The 3D effect ‘Asepto Eye’ is part of the company’s Asepto range and has a distinctive ripple concave lens and single lens technology to deliver impactful effects for aseptic carton packaging. This type of technology is usually the territory of premium and luxury brands in cosmetics, spirits and tobacco packaging and this is the first time it has been spotted for more mainstream applications. The lenses come in various shapes and shapes for brand customization. The pack delivers real depth, great shelf stand out and a wow factor for consumers. See also Fresnel lens technology is cost effective alternative to laminates.

More info in The Innovation Zone.


#3 Fast food chain experimenting with bamboo packaging

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


KFC Canada is working on a project that could one day see their famous chicken products served in bamboo-based packaging. The fast food chain will start a pilot with their poutine (french fries and cheese curds topped with a brown gravy) product using the material. Bamboo buckets will be available at some of the company’s 600 Canadian restaurants replacing PP packs. The restaurant chain is aiming to have buckets that are compostable but will at least ensure they are recyclable and/or reusable. Bamboo grows very quickly and sequesters about 40% more carbon than trees in the same amount of land. KFC Canada will look at consumer feedback as well as operational and functional considerations before moving to any rollout.

 

More info in The Innovation Zone.


#4 Water bottles are landfill biodegradable

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USA brand Chlorophyll Water has announced that its 20 fluid ounce (568 ml) PET bottles have switched to a landfill biodegradable material. The bottles have a proprietary organic additive, that accelerates the natural biodegradation in biologically active landfills as well as anaerobic digesters. The additive is designed to attract microbial activity. When microorganisms consume the additive material, they excrete enzymes that break down the bottle. The bottle is also 100% recyclable and the brand recommends that the bottles are still recycled. Each case purchased online comes with a recycling bag. The actual rate of biodegradation will depend on the environmental conditions. Chlorophyll Water believes that total biodegradation will occur in under seven years. See also Biodegradable water bottle can degrade in 80 days.

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.


November 2019

Innovation Zone Snapshot – Collapsible lunchbox helps make takeaway food easier to transport

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

ThePackHub collates up to 20 new packaging innovations every week. We have selected four brand new initiatives that we hope will be on interest to you below.

Special offer – Save £400 – Get your Top Packaging Supplier Guide 2019 for just £299 while stocks last. Order yours and save here.

ThePackHub’s Packaging Innovation Briefing Report for October 2019 is out now. This comprehensive and unique review of the month’s global packaging innovations ensures you are kept up to speed and fully informed of all the latest packaging innovations. This essential review is available as a PDF for just £99 + VAT.

 

You can join nearly 4,000 others and stay up to speed on the latest packaging news from ThePackHub by following us on LinkedIn – www.linkedin.com/company/thepackhub

#1 Collapsible lunchbox helps make takeaway food easier to transport

A new collapsible lunchbox has been introduced that makes takeout easier to transport as well as being better for the environment than the single-use equivalent. The MolaBox patent-pending design is easy to use and can eliminate every single piece of waste related to takeout food including cutlery. MolaBox is made using recycled materials and has a slimline design that’s easy to carry around. The collapsible container has a leakproof multipurpose lid and comes with a bag to help carry the MolaBox around. MolaBox also includes a reusable fork and spoon and a divider to make it easy to transport different food items in the same container.

 

More info in The Innovation Zone.


#2 PE film switch to paper for leading Italian toilet paper brand

Sofidel Group is one of the leading manufacturers of paper for hygienic and domestic use worldwide. The business has announced the introduction of their Rotoloni Regina Eco product in a paper-based pack format. Italian supermarket shelves will see Rotoloni Regina Eco packed in kraft paper – a material that is renewable, biodegradable and easy to recycle instead of conventional PE film.  The initiative rolled out across their European brand portfolio is set to eliminate the equivalent of 600 tonnes of plastic a year from Sofidel Group packaging by the end of 2020. This is part of an overall group objective that will see a 50% reduction in the use of plastic in its production by 2030, equivalent to the elimination of over 11,000 tonnes of plastic used each year. They are also manufactured using electricity from 100% renewable sources, generated at Sofidel production plants. See also Kitchen roll brand takes lead from toilet paper pack with switch to paper.
More info in The Innovation Zone.

#3 Cartons made from post-consumer plastic waste is a beverage market first

SIG Combibloc has a commitment to sourcing certified sustainable materials as part of their Way Beyond Good ambition. Read more about it here. The leading beverage carton manufacturer is embarking a new sustainable innovation with the announcement that it.is first to offer beverage cartons with polymers made from recycled post-consumer plastic waste. SIG is utilising low quality, mixed plastic waste that is destined for landfill or incineration. The collected plastic waste is treated in a proprietary process that transforms it into a high-quality food grade material. It is claimed that the recycled polymers offer the same quality properties as those made entirely from virgin raw materials. SIG is the first company in the beverage carton industry to partner in the foundation stage of development of recycled polymers from post-consumer waste alongside industrial polymer and petrochemical business SABIC as part of their Trucircle initiative.

 

More info in The Innovation Zone.


#4 Pilot plant to test enhanced technology to recycle PET waste

Multinational oil and gas company BP has announced the development of a potential game-changer recycling technology. The Infinia initiative promises to tackle currently unrecyclable PET plastic waste. Rolled out at scale, it has the potential to divert billions of units of coloured bottles and black food trays from landfill or incineration. Instead, the PET would be transformed back into new, virgin-quality feedstocks. BP is planning the construction of a $25 million (£19.4 million) pilot plant to prove the technology, before any progression to full-scale commercialisation. The Infinia technology is designed to turn difficult-to-recycle PET plastic waste into recycled feedstocks that are interchangeable with those made from traditional sources. The recycled feedstocks can be used to make new PET packaging that may be recycled again and again. The process would also negate the requirement for downcycling. See also Thermo-chemical process tackles hard-to-recycle plastic.

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.


October 2019

Innovation Zone Snapshot – Label-free beer branding ‘tattooed’ onto bottles

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

ThePackHub collates up to 20 new packaging innovations every week. We have selected four brand new initiatives that we hope will be on interest to you below.

Special offer – Save £400 – Get your Top Packaging Supplier Guide 2019 for just £299 while stocks last. Order yours and save here.

ThePackHub’s Packaging Innovation Briefing Report for October 2019 is out now. This comprehensive and unique review of the month’s global packaging innovations ensures you are kept up to speed and fully informed of all the latest packaging innovations. This essential review is available as a PDF for just £99 + VAT.

 

You can join nearly 4,000 others and stay up to speed on the latest packaging news from ThePackHub by following us on LinkedIn – www.linkedin.com/company/thepackhub

#1 Label-free beer branding ‘tattooed’ onto bottles

AB InBev owned Beck’s has announced the introduction of an alternative printing method that might reinvent how branding is applied to packs. The system uses only ink and no paper labels for their famous beer brand. The Beck’s brand name is ‘tattooed’ onto the bottles rather than printed onto labels. Ink and varnish are both applied directly to the bottle, which wraps around the entire bottle. An initial run of 200,000 bottles will road test the new technology, which has both environmental and cost benefits to be enjoyed due to the removal of paper use. The initial run is for the UK market but may be expanded further afield.  The bottles are digitally embossed to give them a tactile effect. This is achieved via a colourless ink that is used to mimic glass embossing. There are nine bottle designs in a collaboration with six up-and-coming artists as part of a limited-edition run of Beck’s Artist Series. The direct object printing technology is being developed at AB InBev’s Tattoo Alpha Plant in Leuven, Belgium. See also 360 degree direct-to-glass print capability coming to US beer market.

 

More info in The Innovation Zone.


#2 Patented container and lid combo offer plastic bag free solution

The XBRIK project is a patented container and lid initiative hoping to transform how solid-food food packaging is produced and used. The innovation, which is ready for United States commercialisation, is a container with a plastic opening lid and closure that has some good consumer added functionality. The solution can help contain perishable products such as cereals, nuts, porridge, coffee, biscuits, pasta, sugar, salt and rice.  XBRIK does not carry an inner bag and it is reported that could do away for the need for plastic bags for a range of products.  The fully recyclable and reusable container consists of a laminated container with two micro sheets of PP. It is estimated that the lack of an inner bag can cut cost by around 30% in high volume situations.
More info in The Innovation Zone.

#3 Graphene’s carbon footprint reduction potential for packaging being scoped

Graphene has first isolated back in 2004 and has been successful introduced within industries such as electronics and automotives. The material has a variety of potential applications and may even replace existing technologies. The opportunities within the packaging arena are thus far less understood with a handful of initiatives coming to the attention of the Innovation Zone. However, multinational food packaging supplier Tetra Pak hopes to move things forward significantly with the announcement of a concept project to explore graphene’s potential use for packaging applications. Tetra Pak is representing the packaging industry as part of the European Commission Graphene Flagship project. The project team will test to see how graphene could offer coatings to reduce supply chain carbon footprint.  Graphene is a carbon-based material that is around 200 stronger than steel. It is an excellent conductor of heat, electricity and has a wide range of light absorption abilities. Graphene’s ultra-thin flexible sensors could also used as data carriers for smart and intelligent applications. See also these articles from the Innovation Zone exploring graphene use in packaging innovation.

 

More info in The Innovation Zone.


#4 E-commerce mailer uses paper-based cushioning material for easier recycling

Henkel’s Adhesives Technologies business unit has developed a paper-based mailer that helps improve recyclability in the growing e-commerce channel. The solution includes a proprietary cushioning material that can be easily separated for recycling. The padded mailer replaces the traditional bubble envelope used extensively and has been recently adopted by e-commerce behemoths Amazon. The EPIX mailer has the key functional attributes of a padded mailer, but includes weight reduction improvements as well as better impact resistance. The mailer is easy to separate the fibre from the cushion to facilitate recovery of the latter in the re-pulping process. The technology allows more than 90% of the pulp to be recovered.  ‘Widely recyclable’ accreditation from How2Recycle permits consumers to place the entire mailer into their recycling bin.  The mailer is manufactured in multiple sizes and with different levels of protection to provide a choice of packaging closet in size to the contents, therefore negating the requirement for additional packing materials. See also E-Commerce paper padded mailer is fully recyclable.

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.


October 2019

Innovation Zone Snapshot – Refill pouches reduce plastic use and can also be recycled through take-back scheme

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

ThePackHub collates up to 20 new packaging innovations every week. We have selected four brand new initiatives that we hope will be on interest to you below.

Special offer – Save £400 – Get your Top Packaging Supplier Guide 2019 for just £299 while stocks last. Order yours and save here.

 

You can join nearly 4,000 others and stay up to speed on the latest packaging news from ThePackHub by following us on LinkedIn – www.linkedin.com/company/thepackhub

#1 Refill pouches reduce plastic use and can also be recycled through take-back scheme

Healthcare and consumer goods brand owner PZ Cussons has announced the launch of hand wash refills to help reduce plastic use to meet their corporate targets.. The brand owner has an objective to reduce the amount of plastic used in its packaging by 25% by 2025.as well as to ensure that any plastic it does use is 100% recyclable, reusable or compostable. PZ Cussons’ Carex brand,refills consist of a flexible plastic pouch to be used to top up their existing rigid plastic hand wash bottles. The refill pouches use up to 85% less plastic compared to a hand wash bottle complete with a pump. The new hand wash pouches are not currently collected through domestic kerbside recycling collections by most UK local authorities. PZ Cussons have partnered with recycling experts TerraCycle.  The used packaging is sent to TerraCycle, where it will be washed, shredded and melted to form plastic pellets to be made into new products such as garden  furniture and fence posts. See also Online refill pouches include postal recycle scheme.

 

More info in The Innovation Zone.


#2 UK’s first recyclable packaging for wet wipes launched

Wigan based Nice-Pak International reportedly manufacture over 600 million packs of wet wipes every year and offer the product across four categories – baby, cosmetic, household and personal care. The leading wet wipe manufacturer has announced the launch of the UK’s first recyclable packaging for the sector. The innovation comes at a time where the category has been under increasing pressure to improve its environmental impact with accusations of high levels of waste associated with the product’s usage. The business has developed film and resealable labels which can be recycled together as part of carrier bag facilities that are often in situ in larger supermarkets. The mono materials still have the right moisture vapour transmission rate (MVTR) properties to achieve film recyclability without any adverse effect on the product. See also Lightweighting initiative reduces plastic use for baby wipes range.
More info in The Innovation Zone.

#3 #3 Sunscreen pack has two dispensing outputs to reduce waste

Johnson & Johnson’s Sundown brand has been introduced in the Brazil market in a new packaging format that aims to reduce waste as well as making usage more practical for consumers. The new version of the ‘Beach & Pool’ sunscreen line helps consumers in the dispensing of the product with a double doser with two separate outputs. The first dispenses the ideal amount of product for the face and the other a more generous portion for use on the body. The intention is that the right amount of sunscreen will be dispensed to avoid wastage as well as ensuring that enough sunscreen is applied in order to be effective. The pack change also reduces the overall amount of plastic used by around 11%. The new pack also features a grip on the side which allows the user to hold it more firmly. No information on the recyclability of the pack is to hand.

 

More info in The Innovation Zone.


#4 Patented label innovation simulates glass embossing

Blandford, Dorset based Amberley have announced the introduction of a patented new way of creating an ‘embossed glass’ look and feel for bottles. Label Glass is available for both hand and machine application and can be offered in small batch sises. Label Glass simulates glass embossing via a self adhesive label. There is a choice of standard bottle colour options for all the glass colour groups – clear, green, blue or brown. For more exacting requirements, a colour matching service is available. The glass embossing effect can make the bottle look more premium with increased shelf appeal. The label alternative takes the cost and complexity out of bottle embossing. See also Textured, micro-etched patterns add depth to pack labels.

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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