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July 2019

Innovation Zone Snapshot – The lightest PET bottle to date launched in 500ml format

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Welcome to this week’s Innovation Zone snapshot from ThePackHub.
ThePackHub collates up to 20 new packaging innovations every week. We have selected four brand new initiatives that we hope will be on interest to you below.

Our new Packaging Innovation Briefing Report for July is out now. You can order here.

ThePackHub’s 10th packaging seminar Sustainable Packaging Innovations 2019 is on Thursday 3rd October –  Latest Early Bird offer now available. Save £100. Find out more and book your place here.

ThePackHub’s Top Supplier Guide is out now. Find out more and order here.

Stay up to speed on the latest packaging news by following ThePackHub on LinkedIn – www.linkedin.com/company/thepackhub

Why not join our sustainable packaging Facebook group More Plastic Than Fish to keep up to date with all the environmental packaging news and have your say.  https://lnkd.in/gKxJ_vz

You can click here to subscribe to ThePackHub’s regular packaging blogs.


#1 The lightest PET bottle to date launched in 500ml format

Leading global provider of PET solutions for liquid packaging Sidel has introduced what is claimed to be the lightest PET bottle in the world. Their X-LITE Still is for still water applications in a 500ml format. The very lightweight nature of the bottle helps to make strong claims for being the most environmentally friendly PET bottle available on the market. The bottle weighs just 6.5g and Sidel claim that it is the lightest 500-ml PET bottle in the world for non-carbonated water. Although we have also tracked Lightest 500ml PET water bottle launched previously X-LITE Still significantly reduces PET material consumption. Compared to conventional bottles weighing 12g, a saving of nearly 1,500 tons can be saved each year combined with significant energy savings. All in, the changes result in CO2 emission reduction of around 3,000 tons.

More info in The Innovation Zone.


#2 Cardboard veg pack meets needs of smaller households

The recent sustainable packaging emphasis has been centred around reducing the impact of plastic by replacing with other materials or in some cases, offering packaging-free products. An ongoing important global requirement is to increase shelf life combined with reducing food waste. Solidus Solutionsare working on the latter with the recent introduction of the Spargel Portion Pack, a cardboard asparagus pack designed specifically for single and smaller households. Solidus believe that the introduction of smaller pack sizes should not only better meet the needs of smaller households but also help to increase the demand for asparagus.

More info in The Innovation Zone.

#3 McFlurry gets plastic-free packaging

McDonald’s generate a lot of single-use packaging across their 37,000 restaurant estate globally. The business is tackling this with a commitment to ensure that all its packaging comes from renewable or recycled sources by 2025. The changes have seen a switch to cardboard containers for all main-meal and side-salads, which are 100% recyclable. The salad bowls are made from 50% recycled content. Another significant change is on the horizon with the announcement that the fast food chain’s eponymous McFlurry ice-creams will no longer come with plastic lids for the UK market. The change combined with the salad bowl material switch is expected to reduce plastic waste by nearly 500 metric tonnes every year. Read more about McDonald’s Packaging and Recycling strategy.

 

More info in The Innovation Zone.


#4 Pine needles used to make biodegradable packaging material

Pine needles are an abundant and seemingly unwanted material that may have a use as a packaging material. A project is in progress that sees the development of the needles into a 100% bio-based and biodegradable composite material. The production process is intended as a sustainable way to generate income in the rural areas of Indian state of Himachal. The northern region of India is home to many pine trees whose needles can cause forest fires and other environmental issues. The  ‘Cheer Project’ is a research initiative that separates teh fibres of the needles through shredding. The fibre material is combined with natural binders and waxes. Some of the fibres are coloured using natural dyes from local vegetables and spices. As well as being 100% bio-based and biodegradable, the material is recyclable, fire retardant and water repellent.

More info in The Innovation Zone.


 

Please visit ThePackHub or call us on +44(0)118 963 9990 to find out more about the range of packaging innovation services we offer. We’ve delivered projects for a number of brand owner, retailer and packaging suppliers.

Until next time. Happy innovating.


July 2019

Innovation Zone Snapshot – Boarding pass printed on drink cans is a novel football souvenir

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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.

Our new Packaging Innovation Briefing Report for July is out now. You can order here or request a free sample.

ThePackHub’s 10th packaging seminar Sustainable Packaging Innovations 2019 is on Thursday 3rd October –  Latest Early Bird offer now availableSave £100. Find out more and book your place here.

ThePackHub’s Top Supplier Guide is out now. Find out more and order here.

Why not join our sustainable packaging Facebook group More Plastic Than Fish to keep up to date with all the environmental packaging news and have your say.  https://lnkd.in/gKxJ_vz

You can click here to subscribe to ThePackHub’s regular packaging blogs.


#1 Boarding pass printed on drink cans is a novel football souvenir

The Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) and soft drink brand Guarana Antarctica have combined to introduce a novel way to engage with travelling Copa America football tournament fans. They have created a personalized boarding pass printed on drinks cans. The boarding passes are printed on the spot by a digital printer upon check-in at Congonhas airport in São Paulo.
Customers who take direct flights through the São Paulo airport will receive the boarding pass on the can of Guaraná Antarctica with their details and QR code. Each passenger can make a single impression and the can must remain closed until they are on the flight. If the can is opened, the passenger must get the boarding pass reprinted.

More info in The Innovation Zone.


#2 Potting soil solution removes water from supply chain

Creative agency Anthem Worldwide’s Benelux team have developed a new sustainable packaging concept that could revolutionise how potting soil is sold. The Minus Water concept utilises the fact that water is a heavy component of many packaged products. The taking away and re-adding of water could have significant environmental benefits. We are seeing this being implemented in several new food, beverage and household innovations. The new concept design acknowledges the need for sustainability and that the existing potting soil products come in heavy plastic bags that can make a lot of mess.  The new solution is compact, lightweight and easy to use and as its name suggests comes without water. Dehydrating the potting soil makes it possible to create compressed water free tablets. These can be re-hydrated in the home to provide the soil. The removal of the water helps to reduce CO2 emissions. The tablets do not need to be stored in plastic. Minus Water comes in a cylinder tube made from recycled and recyclable cardboard and houses 12 individual potting soil tablets.

More info in The Innovation Zone.

#3 Recyclable aluminium bottle with twist-off closure brings new wine beverage to life

Wine producer Vintage Wine Estates has announced the introduction of a new bottle wine beverage. The new Gaze Wine Cocktails proposition answers consumers’ need for modernity and portability via a recyclable aluminium bottle. It offers resealability on-the-go with a twist-off closure. The aluminium structure also reduces breakages on the go compared to glass. The new recyclable aluminium wine bottles are an unusual departure from glass or PET for the wine sector and offers a distinctive point of difference on shelf. See also Resealable aluminium bottles shakes up wine market.

 

More info in The Innovation Zone.


#4 At-home refill system shakes up cleaning spray market

Unilever is a founding member of The UK Plastics Pact that aims to eliminate unnecessary single-use plastic packaging by 2025. Read more about the company’s sustainable packaging commitment. The business has unveiled a new at-home refill system for its Cif Power & Shine cleaning spray bottles. The concentrated refills uses 75% less plastic, reduces water usage by 97% and reduced carbon emissions. The ecorefill promises to remove 1.5 million plastic bottles from circulation in the UK market. Consumers add the concentrated refill to an old spray bottle and mix it with water and repeat the process when it runs out. Everything but the plastic sleeve is recyclable  The ecorefill bottles cost £2.50, which is around the same price as the normal bottles. Unilever hope to role out more products in the same format in the future. See also Collaboration leads to launch of online refillable cleaning products revolution.

More info in The Innovation Zone.


 

 

ThePackHub’s 168 page Packaging Innovation Briefing Report for July is out now comprising 100 new packaging innovations, analysis and comment. What to know more? Why not download a free sample.


Please visit ThePackHub or call us on +44(0)118 963 9990 to find out more about the range of packaging innovation services we offer. We’ve delivered projects for a number of brand owner, retailer and packaging suppliers.

Until next time. Happy innovating.


July 2019

Innovation Zone Snapshot – Patented innovation ensures clothing can fit through letterbox

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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.

Early Bird saving £300 for ThePackHub’s Top Supplier Guide ends this Friday 12th July. Find out more and save here.

Our new Packaging Innovation Briefing Report for July is out now. You can order here or request a free sample.

ThePackHub’s 10th packaging seminar Sustainable Packaging Innovations 2019 is on Thursday 3rd October –  Latest Early Bird offer now availableSave £100. Find out more and book your place here.

Why not join our sustainable packaging Facebook group More Plastic Than Fish to keep up to date with all the environmental packaging news and have your say.  https://lnkd.in/gKxJ_vz

You can click here to subscribe to ThePackHub’s regular packaging blogs.


#1 Patented innovation ensures clothing can fit through letterbox

It is estimated that around 250 million packages are distributed by e-commerce businesses in the Netherlands every year. A new pack for e-commerce has been introduced that promises to significantly improve efficiency, reduce costs as well as be better for the environment. Mail, parcel and e-commerce experts PostNL have introduced Fashionpack, which is designed yo take air out of the packaging for the distribution of clothing. This now means that the packs can easily fit through householder’s letterboxes. The patented innovation prevents the unnecessary transportation of air and improves distribution efficiencies.  Fashionpack has been developed in such a way that clothing comes out undamaged and set in place. Up to three items of clothing can be reduced to the size of a letterbox slot. The packaging consists of multi-layer material and is also waterproof.

 

More info in The Innovation Zone.


#2 Mouthwash brand breaks packaging rules with new chewable tablets

The mouthwash packaging market conventionally presents their products in liquid form in a PET bottle. Leading player in the market, Johnson & Johnson’s Listerine is changing things with a disruptive new pack presentation for the Brazilian market. In what is being claimed to be the biggest product launch in years, Listerine Go! Tabs is a ‘mouth rinse’ in chewable tablet form that takes the product out of the bathroom to be consumed whilst out and about. The Clean Mint flavour works for up to four hours. Listerine Go! Tabs packaging cues take on a pharmaceutical look and feel with a blister pack containing four units contained within a cardboard surround. The tabs are clearly visible pre-purchase. The format allows for excellent portion control. See also A new way to dispense toothpaste reduces plastic use.
More info in The Innovation Zone.

#3 Coffee cups made from…coffee hit German market

Biomaterials as alternatives to fossil-fuel based plastic continues to come through the Innovation Zone funnel. There is a noticeable increase in inititiatives using byproducts that would otherwise be waste. Kaffeeform is a German business that puts used coffee ground to good use. They have developed an innovative and sustainable material made from used coffee grounds combined with renewable biopolymer raw materials. They have a selection of coffee cups  available in a range of different sizes. The cups are reported to bedurable, light and dishwasher safe. They have a mild smell of coffee that might even enhance the overall drinking experience with the addition of aroma. The recyclable cups are locally produced in Germany. See also Coffee waste could be next bio-material to make beverage cups.

 

More info in The Innovation Zone.


#4 Swedish fish supplier switches to bioplastic film made from sugar cane

BD Fisk is a leading Swedish fish supplier. The business has begun to use recyclable bioplastic packaging for its range. The bioplastic film is made using sugar cane as the raw material. The plastic film is an ‘I’m Green’ PE plastic from Brazilian bio-experts Braskem. It has the same properties as oil-based PE plastic and can thus be recycled together with other plastics in household recycling collections. The initiative is carbon negative in that sugarcane removes more than three kilos of carbon dioxide from the air for each kilo of bioplastic produced. The pack is nearly 80% bio-based with a barrier material incorporated to deliver an oxygen barrier. The aim is for a fossil-free solution in due course.

More info in The Innovation Zone.


 

 

ThePackHub’s 168 page Packaging Innovation Briefing Report for July is out now comprising 100 new packaging innovations, analysis and comment. What to know more? Why not download a free sample.


Please visit ThePackHub or call us on +44(0)118 963 9990 to find out more about the range of packaging innovation services we offer. We’ve delivered projects for a number of brand owner, retailer and packaging suppliers.

Until next time. Happy innovating.


July 2019

Innovation Zone Snapshot – Intelligent packaging system optimises box sizes

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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.

Our next packaging seminar is on Thursday 3rd October – Sustainable Packaging Innovations 2019. Latest Early Bird offer now available.Save £100. Book your place here.

Early Bird saving £300 for ThePackHub’s Top Supplier Guide ends next week. Find out more here.

Our new Packaging Innovation Briefing Report for July is out now. You can find out more here or also request a sample here.

You can click here to subscribe to ThePackHub’s regular packaging blogs.


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ThePackHub’s Top Packaging Supplier Guide 2019 is an essential report collecting innovations from the last 18 months picked from the most active companies in ThePackHub’s Innovation Zone database.

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ThePackHub is delighted to publish our revamped Packaging Innovation Briefing Report for July 2019. This comprehensive and unique review of the month’s global packaging innovations and industry news ensures you are kept up to speed and fully informed of all the latest packaging innovations.

You can find out more here or also request a sample here.

 

 


#1 Intelligent packaging system optimises box sizes

Spain-based e-commerce technology retailer PcComponentes has introduced new technology that improves secondary packaging efficiency. The retailer has become one of the first companies in the field of information technology to improve the packaging system by implementing a new intelligent technology that improves logistics productivity.  The new system is able to automatically calculate the volume and weight of the products to be packed to create fit-for-purpose boxes to protect brand owners’ original packaging. The new system significantly reduces the quantity of packaging used for the preparation of its orders. The packaging is generated in a completely autonomous way and includes the shipping label that references the weight and other necessary data. It is claimed that the new technology will save up to 95% in plastic use and 50% in carton. See also In-line autopacker with fit-to-size pack automation saves costs and helps environment.

 

More info in The Innovation Zone.


#2 Beer brand launches very limited edition gaming controller pack

The gaming industry is not short of innovation and this new limited edition controller make have just taken things to another level as it doubles up as a beer can! Miller Lite have introduced the Cantroller, a video game controller that holds 12 ounces (354ml) of beer.  It is well understood that gamers sometimes struggle to multitask as they play and this might just be the answer to their problems! The Cantroller is a fully functioning controller equipped with a host of useful functional features including a USB charging port, Bluetooth and haptic feedback. The controller has been created as part of a promotion to generate interest in the E3 gaming expo in Los Angeles. Before you rush out to try and get your own, only 200 Cantrollers will be up for grabs at the event. See also Corrugated board used to create interactive gaming kits.
More info in The Innovation Zone.

#3 Material alternative made from fish scales and red algae is stronger than plastic carrier bags

Sussex-based researcher Lucy Hughes has developed a new alternative to traditional plastics. It is claimed that the material developed is stronger than standard plastic carrier bag and that it degrades in nature more rapidly than other bioplastics made from materials such as corn starch.The new material is biodegradable and home compostable and is made from a combination of fish scales and red algae. It is estimated that the skin of one cod fish could produce up to the equivalent of 1,400 carrier bags. It is claimed that the MarinaTex production costs are in line with conventional flexible plastics. Marinatex does not leach toxins into the environment. Hughes is keen to further develop the material with a view to scale up production with the product potentially ready for market exploitation with the next 12 months.

 

More info in The Innovation Zone.


#4 Wrapper-less ice cream pack reduces plastic use

Unilever is a founding member of The UK Plastics Pact that aims to eliminate unnecessary single-use plastic packaging by 2025. Read more about the company’s sustainable packaging commitment. The consumer goods giant is trialling new packaging format to help reduce the amount of single-use plastic used.  Multipacks of Solero organic peach ice lollies will be sold wrapper-less in a recyclable cardboard box with compartments that negates the need for individual plastic wrappers. The new box is a PE-coated cardboard. It has a plastic content of around 5% meaning it can be widely recycled in the UK. A full roll-out is not a foregone conclusion with a small test in Ocado online stores to help establish shopper reactions to the activity and whether the pack format will be rolled out.

More info in The Innovation Zone.


 

 

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Until next time. Happy innovating.


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