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March 2022

Innovation Zone Snapshot – Spanish water brand removes PET bottle label

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Innovation Zone

ThePackHub Innovation Zone Snapshot

Welcome to this week’s Innovation Zone snapshot from ThePackHub.
ThePackHub collates more than 100 new packaging innovations every month for our unique Innovation Zone platform. We now have 5,735 searchable initiatives listed. We have selected four new initiatives for you today.

More information on our Innovation Zone packaging database – https://www.thepackhub.com/the-innovation-zone/

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

New – Book on our next packaging webinar

FREE one hour webinar. Catch up on the latest recyclable plastic 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 are delighted to also be joined by Dr. Elef Kassianidis, Sales Director, UK & Ireland of flexible packaging experts Hatzopoulos.

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

Book your free place here.

NEW – Watch ThePackHub’s last webinar

Catch up on the latest sustainable packaging innovation trends with this whistle-stop tour of the latest initiatives. We cover many of the recent important in-market and developmental sustainable examples to inspire you and keep you up to speed.

We are joined by Mauro Cozzi CEO and co-founder of carbon footprint reduction experts Emitwise. Hosted by Paul Jenkins and Barrington Pamplin of ThePackHub.

Sustainable Packaging Innovations webinar from ThePackHub with Emitwise. Broadcast 24th February 2022.

Innovation & Design Stage – Powered by ThePackHub

ThePackHub is delighted to help curate content for the Innovation & Design Stage at the upcoming Packaging Innovations at NEC on 25th & 26th May. The stage will host discussions and debates to uncover the latest trends and innovations in design and product packaging.

Get inspired by thought leaders and begin to shape your future packs with discussions such as innovations driven by the packaging tax, the refill/reuse revolution, the importance of trend scanning and much more!

ThePackHub will present four sessions consisting of keynote speakers and case studies from leading brand owners, retailers and FMCG companies.

We’ll keep you updated on speaker announcements over the next few weeks and we can’t wait!

You can register your free place here.

#1 Spanish water brand removes PET bottle label

Lanjarón Natural Mineral Water comes from the Salud Spring, located in the Sierra Nevada area of Spain. They are the second-largest water producers in the country with a market share of around 20%. They have now decided to launch what they call the ‘Naked’ bottle which means they have removed the label on their 1.25-litre bottle. The removal of labels is seen as an issue during the process of recycling PET bottles. The bottle also features a tethered cap as well as the removal of the label, part of their commitment to reducing their carbon footprint. In 2015 they launched their first bottle with 15% rPET (recycled polyethylene terephthalate), and in 2018 launched their first bottle made from 100% rPET. Lanjarón has been part of the Danone Group of companies since 1994.

 

#2 Pulp alternative to traditional wine bottle developed

Bio’teille, from French wine start-up Le Petit Baroudeur, is being presented as an alternative to the traditional wine bottle. It consists of an outer shell made from moulded paper pulp, derived from recycled newspapers and cardboard. The inner bag is made of barrier PE (polyethylene) and closed with a plastic screw cap, which is also made of PE, to aid recycling. It is claimed that production of Bio’teille bottles creates five times less CO2 than a comparable glass bottle. It is also eight times lighter than a glass bottle, and keeps the contents colder for approximately 30% longer. Transport costs are also lower, with up to three times the amount of bottles on a truck but with half the weight. Bio’teille recently won an innovation award at the CFIA (Crossroads of suppliers to the food industry) exhibition in Rennes.

More info in The Innovation Zone.

#3 Compostable paper packaging developed for butter

The Latin-American team at global packaging heavyweights Amcor has collaborated with Costa Rican brand owner Grupo Numar to develop paper-based home-compostable butter packaging. Amcor previously had the challenge of making the paper packaging folds as effectively as other materials, but significant research and development from their Peruvian team allowed them to overcome this. The paper wrap is reported to be around 40% lighter and has 80% less of a carbon footprint than other iterations of butter wrap, such as ones made using aluminium. The new solution is certified compostable by TÜV Austria, in both home and industrial settings. The packaging development contributes to Amcor’s overall goals of having 100% recyclable, compostable or reusable packaging by 2025.

More info in The Innovation Zone.

#4 World’s first system for recycling used PET strapping launched

A German company has announced the launch of the world’s first system for collecting used PET (polyethylene terephthalate) strapping. re-strap Gmbh, based in Kurtscheid, is to offer this service throughout Germany. PET strapping is widely used to secure goods for transport, or as a handling aid. In many places, large quantities of it regularly accumulate after unpacking. Subsequent handling is made more difficult, among other things, by the rigidity of the material. Recycling this intrinsically high-quality raw material is very difficult. It is claimed that a large proportion of the strapping ends up being incinerated instead of being recycled and used in a new product. re-strap provides interested companies with the necessary shredding technology and exchange containers for the material (logistics standard, Euro pallet size, stackable) and exchanges the full containers for empty ones on site.

 

New – ThePackHub Expert Interview

Nick Hardy of Leipa Group discusses his company’s range of paper and packaging solutions as well as the increasingly important role of recyclability and sustainability in packaging development.

Packaging question of the week

Are raw material shortages affecting your packaging business? Vote and comment on LinkedIn now. 

Last week, 77% claimed that the war in Ukraine putting additional pressure on your packaging supply chain.


March 2022

Innovation Zone Snapshot – Fibre lids replace plastic for salad packaging range

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Innovation Zone

ThePackHub Innovation Zone Snapshot

Welcome to this week’s Innovation Zone snapshot from ThePackHub.
ThePackHub collates more than 100 new packaging innovations every month for our Innovation Zone platform. We now have 5,670 searchable initiatives listed. We have selected four new initiatives for you today.

More information on our Innovation Zone packaging database – https://www.thepackhub.com/the-innovation-zone/

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

Book on our next packaging webinar

Date: Wednesday, March 16, 2022
Time: 16:00 – 17:00 UK (10:00 -11:00 CT)

Join our webinar in partnership with Packaging World to learn:

• How emerging brands are disrupting their category with packaging that both appeals to consumers and is sustainable.
• How established CPGs are reducing materials and turning to post-consumer recycled plastics.
• Where bamboo and other bioplastics perform best in sustainable packaging efforts.
• Why it’s crucial to get moving with incremental change and how to communicate your efforts to your customers.

Register for free here: https://www.packworld.com/home/webinar/22043472/sustainable-packaging-today

We’d love to see you there!

NEW – Watch ThePackHub’s last webinar

Catch up on the latest sustainable packaging innovation trends with this whistle-stop tour of the latest initiatives. We cover many of the recent important in-market and developmental sustainable examples to inspire you and keep you up to speed.

We are joined by Mauro Cozzi CEO and co-founder of carbon footprint reduction experts Emitwise. Hosted by Paul Jenkins and Barrington Pamplin of ThePackHub.

Sustainable Packaging Innovations webinar from ThePackHub with Emitwise. Broadcast 24th February 2022.

Innovation & Design Stage – Powered by ThePackHub

ThePackHub is delighted to help curate content for the Innovation & Design Stage at the upcoming Packaging Innovations at NEC on 25th & 26th May. The stage will host discussions and debates to uncover the latest trends and innovations in design and product packaging.

Get inspired by thought leaders and begin to shape your future packs with discussions such as innovations driven by the packaging tax, the refill/reuse revolution, the importance of trend scanning and much more!

ThePackHub will present four sessions consisting of keynote speakers and case studies from leading brand owners, retailers and FMCG companies.

We’ll keep you updated on speaker announcements over the next few weeks and we can’t wait!

You can register your free place here.

#1 Fibre lids replace plastic for salad packaging range

Picadeli, based in Gothenburg Sweden, claim to be Europe’s leading in-store salad bar concept. They are introducing formed fibre lids to replace single-use plastic versions. The lids will be supplied by Finnish pulp and paper product manufacturer Stora Enso, and are made from their PureFiber material. The move to fibre-based lids will help Picadeli remove around 120 tonnes of single-use plastic waste annually. The carbon footprint of the PureFiber lid is reported to be up to 75% lower compared to alternative materials such as plastic or bagasse. PureFiber products are produced from wood-based formed fibre using green energy. They contain no plastic, no per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), or any other forever chemicals. The lids are reported to provide a good user experience and tightly seal the food inside. The new formed fibre lids will be available for consumers at Picadeli salad bars immediately.

 

#2 Deposit return scheme for reusable coffee cups starts UK trial

Multinational coffee chain Starbucks has launched a trial scheme where customers can borrow returnable cups. The scheme will be trialled in London’s Canary Wharf and all stores in the city of Geneva. It will enable customers to request a reusable cup at the till for a £1 deposit fee, which customers will be reimbursed when the cup is returned to a Starbucks store. Each cup has an identifying number, meaning that Starbucks staff can scan them and return the fee to the customer once they are finished. Cups returned will be sanitised in-store ready for reuse. This means customers do not need to remember to bring their own reusable cup from home. Research has revealed that 36% of UK coffee drinkers don’t use a reusable cup every time they buy a drink on the go because they forget to bring their reusable cup. The trials in Canary Wharf and Geneva will last for two months.

More info in The Innovation Zone.

#3 Pallets made from waste-based raw material introduced

Pepsico Brazil is partnering with UBQ, an Israeli cleantech startup company that converts household waste into a bio-based thermoplastic composite. Their UBQ branded product is created using 100% unsorted municipal solid waste, including mixed plastics, paper, cardboard, and organics and is suitable to substitute conventional polymers in various durable applications. More than 739kg of this mixed waste will be redirected from landfills, and looped back into the material as a valuable resource. Part of this mixed waste will contain recycled PP (polypropylene) resin and recycled BOPP (biaxially oriented polypropylene), a plastic film used in the company’s snack packaging. This material will be used in the manufacture of 830 ecological pallets for use in two of the company’s logistics centres. The pallets are being developed by PepsiCo’s partner Ecoboxes Embalagens Plásticas, which specialises in solutions focused on sustainability and circular economy.

More info in The Innovation Zone.

#4 Fibre-based packaging for olive oil launched

Aeons is an organic Greek olive oil producer that takes a holistic approach to sustainability. They have now moved their organic extra virgin olive oil to a paper-based recycled board bottle. The new bottle weighs 83g, five times less than a comparable glass bottle, while also having a carbon footprint six times smaller. The bottle, supplied by UK packaging manufacturer Frugalpac, is made from 94% recyclable board and has up to 77% less plastic than a comparable plastic bottle. The paper-based bottle consists of a paper sleeve with a food grade foil inner liner. The paper-based element of the bottle is made from recycled board, which can be easily separated from the food grade liner, and both can be recycled in their respective recycling streams and do not have to go to landfill. The oil is retailed in a 750ml bottle and is now available in the German market, being imported by Taste Greece.

 

Packaging question of the week

Have often do you use an in-store refill system? Vote and comment on LinkedIn now. 

Last week, 63% are recycling more now than they were 12 months ago.


February 2022

Innovation Zone Snapshot – World-first paper cap created for paper tubes

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Innovation Zone

ThePackHub Innovation Zone Snapshot

Welcome to this week’s Innovation Zone snapshot from ThePackHub.
ThePackHub collates more than 100 new packaging innovations every month for our Innovation Zone platform. We now have 5,625 searchable initiatives listed. We have selected four new initiatives for you today.

More information on our Innovation Zone packaging database – https://www.thepackhub.com/the-innovation-zone/

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

This Thursday – Book on our next packaging webinar

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 be joined by Mauro Cozzi – CEO and Co-founder of Emitwise – accounting for carbon in packaging innovation.

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

This Thursday 24th February at 3pm UK.

Book your free place here.

More upcoming webinars to book

Sustainable Packaging TODAY                      Recyclable Packaging Innovations
In partnership with Packaging World
More info here                                              More info here

Innovation & Design Stage – Powered by ThePackHub

ThePackHub is delighted to help curate content for the Innovation & Design Stage at the upcoming Packaging Innovations at NEC on 25th & 26th May. The stage will host discussions and debates to uncover the latest trends and innovations in design and product packaging.

Get inspired by thought leaders and begin to shape your future packs with discussions such as innovations driven by the packaging tax, the refill/reuse revolution, the importance of trend scanning and much more!

ThePackHub will present four sessions consisting of keynote speakers and case studies from leading brand owners, retailers and FMCG companies.

We’ll keep you updated on speaker announcements over the next few weeks and we can’t wait!

You can register your free place here.

#1 World-first paper cap created for paper tubes

There have ongoing developments reported in the Innovation Zone to improve the recyclability of tubes of various formats. However, the caps that accompany their use are perhaps a little behind in terms of optimising their end-of-life design. Swedish manufacturer of paper cores, tubes, bobbins and cylindrical packaging, Scandicore have collaborated with PulPac to create what is reported to be the world’s first caps for paper tubes that are made of paper themselves. PulPac’s Dry Moulded Fiber technology is patented and is available to be licensed to producers through the PulPac Modula standardized machine platform, available at their PulPac Tech Centre for sample and bridge volume production. Dry Molded Fiber products boast high physical strength combined with efficient use of water and energy as well as substantial reductions of CO2. The cap is expected to reach consumers in the first half of 2022, via a number of Europe’s leading online stores.

 

#2 Magnetic ink technology delivers efficient recycling material separation

US recycling optimisation business Magnomer are the proud developers of special ink technology, allowing for easier and more efficient separation of shrink labels from PET in the recycling process. Called Magmark SS, the ink is used in the shrink labels to magnetise them, meaning they can be seamlessly pulled from the PET flakes in the recycling process using a magnetic pulley structure. This has a 99.5% accuracy. The inks reportedly do not interfere with optical sort or magnets in MRFs (material recycling facilities) and front-end reclaimer operations. They are bleed-resistant and are designed to survive caustic washing. The company have already secured partnership pilots with the likes of PepsiCo and Fuji Seal.

More info in The Innovation Zone.

#3 Locally-sourced hay used to protect garden tools

Tool manufacturer Stihl France is changing its protective packaging for its garden tools from crumpled kraft paper to hay. The hay, which provides the mechanical protection needed to transport the products, can then be used as bedding for animals, to make decorative objects, or reused again to protect another package. Stihl state that nearly three-quarters (72%) of customers claim to have reused the hay packing material. The hay comes from a farm located just 10 km from the Stihl logistics centre in Quincy-Voisins (Seine-et-Marne), which from a carbon emissions point of view is better than transporting kraft paper that comes, in most cases, from Northern European paper mills. The move has been well received by consumers, with 98% approving of the change. Using hay has also turned out to be more cost effective than kraft, as it is 34% cheaper.

More info in The Innovation Zone.

#4 Long term aim of 25% reusable packaging announced

As part of its ongoing sustainability goals, Coca Cola has announced that it aims to make 25% of its beverage packaging reusable by 2030. In order to achieve this goal they will package their products in returnable glass or plastic bottles or, alternatively, in refillable containers. At present, returnable glass bottles and refillable polyethylene (PET) account for more than 50% of the company’s product sales in more than 20 markets. In 2020, Coca-Cola’s traditional refillable and returnable packaging represented around 16% of its total volume. Due to the global nature and diversity of the business, they plan to adopt different methods in each market to achieve this goal. Coca Cola states that the use of reusable packages provides added value for consumers and customers while supporting their ‘World Without Waste’ goal to collect a bottle or can for every one they sell by 2030.

 

Packaging question of the week

The Global Recycling Foundation will hold its annual Global Recycling Day for the 5th time on Friday 18 March. Will you be participating? Vote and comment on LinkedIn now. 

Last week, 65% thought that refillable or returnable bottles were the future of the beverage market.


February 2022

Innovation Zone Snapshot – Body wash launched in reusable and refillable format

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Innovation Zone

ThePackHub Innovation Zone Snapshot

Welcome to this week’s Innovation Zone snapshot from ThePackHub.
ThePackHub collates more than 1,000 new packaging innovations a year for our Innovation Zone platform. We now have 5,610 searchable initiatives listed. We have selected four new initiatives for you today.

More information on our Innovation Zone packaging database – https://www.thepackhub.com/the-innovation-zone/

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

Book on our next packaging webinar

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 be joined by Mauro Cozzi – CEO and Co-founder of Emitwise – accounting for carbon in packaging innovation.

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

Book your free place here.

More upcoming webinars to book

Sustainable Packaging TODAY                      Recyclable Packaging Innovations
In partnership with Packaging World
More info here                                              More info here

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Vegan sales were up by 500% at Aldi UK this Veganuary

Bloomberg Intelligence also predicts that the global vegan market will grow another 24% in 2022 and will double in size in a little over three years.

So what impact might this have for the packaging industry?

Are we at the start of a significant packaging trend?
Will this be another on-pack logo that brands will strive for?
Are brands and retailers looking at doing this for their packaging?

We’d love to have your thoughts on this one.

Join the conversation and find out what others think here.

#1 Body wash launched in reusable and refillable format

Unilever in the US has launched its Dove Body Wash in a reusable and refillable format. Consumers have the choice of two different options to choose from. The more expensive option is the Dove Reusable Aluminum Bottle + Body Wash Concentrate, which is priced at $14.99 (£11.06) and is comprised of an aluminium bottle plus a squeezable concentrated body wash, which is a 4oz (114ml)  bottle that is 4x concentrated, and when diluted with water makes up 16oz (455 ml) of body wash. The body wash concentrate bottle uses 50% less plastic than a standard bottle and is made from recycled plastic. The other option is Dove Reusable Bottle + Body Wash Concentrate which has a recycled, reusable plastic bottle, along with the concentrated body wash and retails at $9.99 (£7.37) USD. The refill concentrates are priced at $6.79 (£5) USD. Both formats are available in three scents: Daily Moisture, Cucumber and Shea Butter & Warm Vanilla.

 

#2 Dishwashing brand packaged in refillable rPET pouches

Multinational packaging and paper group Mondi have collaborated with German chemical and consumer goods company Henkel to launch 100% recyclable and refillable pouches for Henkel’s dishwashing brand Pril. It is reported that the pack’s plastic content has been reduced by 70% from previous iterations, and is to be used to refill an rPET pump dispenser bottle. Simple and light to carry, consumers can easily empty the packaging without leaving any waste product within, due to its ergonomic design. The collaboration benefits both companies’ goals of packaging all of their products in 100% recyclable or reusable materials by 2025.

More info in The Innovation Zone.

#3 Plastic alternative for Finnish bedding products

Familon, a leading Finnish bedding brand, is moving away from conventional fossil-based plastic bags to a more sustainable alternative for its bedding products. Early in 2022 they started packing their products into Paptic. Also manufactured in Finland, Paptic is made from wood fibres, is reusable and recyclable with cardboard and packaging papers. The materials’ main raw material originates from sustainably managed forests, and the process for manufacturing Paptic is almost identical to that used in papermaking, and can be made on standard papermaking equipment, with a few minor modifications. The materials used to make Paptic are available as FSC certified. The innovative materials are durable, strong and and repel moisture. They have a unique haptic feature.  Familon and Paptic encourage consumers to continue using the bag before it is eventually recycled. The pillow bag can be used as a mailer, the larger quilt bag can be used for waste sorting, or as a laundry bag.

More info in The Innovation Zone.

#4 Australian researchers develop self-cleaning bioplastic

Researchers at the RMIT (Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology) in Australia have announced that they have developed a self-cleaning bioplastic that they hope will be able to prevent food waste and also aid recycling processes in food and beauty markets. The new bioplastic is based on the lotus leaf, which is native to Northern Australia. It is notoriously water-repellent, and the new bioplastic has been designed to mimic its properties. Lotus leaves are renowned for having some of the most water-repellent surfaces known, and is due to the leaf’s surface structure, which is tiny pillars topped with a waxy layer, meaning it makes the surface almost impossible to get dirty. Commercial applications of this self-cleaning bioplastic could be in food or beauty packaging applications. The self-cleaning feature of this bioplastic removes the friction and lets a product easily slide down, for such products as ketchup, mayonnaise, toothpaste or sun cream where it is difficult to remove all the product.

 

Packaging question of the week

By 2030, 25% of Coca-Cola beverages will be in refillable or returnable bottles. Is this the future for the beverage market? Vote and comment on LinkedIn now. 

Last week, 70% thought that we’d see more plastic reduction/elimination in 2022. 30% thought there would be more carbon reduction initiatives.


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