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February 2022

Innovation Zone Snapshot – Elimination of fossil-based snack packaging is long term goal

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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 5,574 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.

Just announced: Recyclable Packaging Innovations – Thursday 19th May – book your free place here. 

Let’s hear your views!

E-commerce packaging fails

You need only to search #packagingfail on social media to see lots of posts from angry consumers venting their frustrations with recent online delivery packaging. Feedback has never been so quick, so public and so brutal.

ThePackHub tracks lots of development in the fast-growing e-commerce sector to make packaging fit for purpose with ‘rightsizing’ high on the agenda.

Is enough being done?
Packaging that is the right size doesn’t make social media right?
What is your experience as a consumer?

We’d love to hear your thoughts.

Join the conversation and find out what others think here.

#1 Elimination of fossil-based snack packaging is long term goal

As part of Pepsico’s strategic sustainability goals, known as Pepsico Positive, the business has announced that they intend to eliminate virgin fossil-based plastic for its crisp and snack bags by 2030. This will include their brands such as Walker’s, Doritos and Lays. As part of this commitment, they will start trials in France on the Lay’s brand, with 30% bio-based renewable packaging. Then, in the UK, later in the year, one of the ranges of the Walker’s brand will commence trials with recycled content. The content in the packs will be derived from previously used plastic and the renewable content will come from by-products of plants such as used cooking oil or waste from paper pulp. Pepsico hopes to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 40% by moving to virgin, fossil-free materials. Already in the UK, PepsiCo has reduced some of its multipack outer packaging by up to 30% using innovative technology in its manufacturing facilities.

 

#2 Twin flip tube houses two distinct products

The UDN Packaging Corporation, based in the city of Shenzhen, close to Hong Kong, has launched what they call the UDN Twin Flip Tube. This new solution is a two compartment tube with separate flip top lids. Aimed at the personal care and cosmetics market, it is designed for dispensing two distinct products that work well together when mixed but cannot be stored in a single container. The two independent flip covers keep the process clean and easy. The UDN Packaging Corporation was founded in 2003 and specialises in tube packaging solutions for cosmetics, personal care, FMCG, medication, food and skin care. They have over 75 patents, and over the years have developed over 350 types of cap and 215 types of head style. It is not clear about the potential recyclability of the solution.

More info in The Innovation Zone.

#3 Colour-changing technology indicates product temperature

Australian packaging manufacturer Caps & Closures have developed a new packaging initiative called ThermoShield. The solution indicates to the user the internal temperature of the product inside, using colour-changing thermochromic technology, which directly responds to temperature changes.  The cap works between a temperature range of -20°C and +70°C. In order to show any change, a temperature shift of at least 30 degrees needs to take place. Caps & Closures have introduced an easy process for brands to personalise and adapt the packaging to their own needs, allowing them to customise the type of closure used, trigger temperature, and even the colours used. The pack is free from BPA (Bisphenol A) and phthalates, and it is safe for contact with food.

More info in The Innovation Zone.

#4 Paper-based dips are fully compostable

Castlemaine Kitchen, an Australian manufacturer of dips, has launched a new range in paper-based packaging. It is packaged in fully compostable paper tubs with a board sleeve and what appears to be a distinctive die cut logo. It has been launched under the Nuffin brand. Castlemaine Kitchen hopes to eliminate 25 tonnes of plastic annually, most of which it claims would end up in landfills or waterways. Although made primarily from kraft paper, the tubs have a very thin layer of PLA (polylactic acid), a plant-based bioplastic as a barrier, which means that the whole tub is compostable. The tubs are sealed with an aluminium foil lid, which can be recycled separately. The tubs and sleeves are recommended to be recycled in Australia’s green FOGO (commercial composting) bins. The new format was extensively tested prior to launch for durability. The dips come in four varieties, Hommus, Tzatziki, Chive & Onion and Fetta & Cracked Pepper. The Nuffin dips range can be purchased in Woolworths Supermarkets and Metro stores.

 

Packaging question of the week

Which one of these will we see the most in the packaging industry in 2022? Vote and comment on LinkedIn now.

Last week, 78% thought that the growth of NFC (near-field communication) and RFID (Radio-frequency identification) packaging will continue this year.


February 2022

Innovation Zone Snapshot – Colour technology delivers limitless customisation for aluminium cans

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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 5,550 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.

Just announced: Recyclable Packaging Innovations – Thursday 19th May – book your free place here. 

Let’s hear your views!

Refillable Toothpaste packaging

This eye-catching recent initiative from Turkish designers Pelin Özbalcı and  is still at concept stage. ThePackHub has tracked a few refillable packs for toothpaste in recent times. Refillable and reusable packaging continues to be utilised across many different product categories.
Toothpaste is perhaps not the ideal product to try to decant from one pack to another. Is this something you could see working or are there better solutions to reduce the environmental impact of the category?

Let us know your thoughts.

Join the conversation and find out what others think here.

#1 Colour technology delivers limitless customisation for aluminium cans

The humble and well-established aluminium can doesn’t tend to change much, so it is good to see a customisation technology development being deployed n this area. Luxembourg-based producer of glass and metal products Ardagh have developed a hugely versatile technology, allowing brands to fully customise the design of their beverage can packaging. Called ‘H!ghend’, the technology uses cyan, magenta, yellow and black combinations (CMYK) to create limitless colour varieties and even text or images, which can be used by brands to fully express and communicate messages of flavour or importance. Brands can also opt to upgrade the colour to ‘H1ghend Pro’, offering different and more varied graphical possibilities and further customisation.

 

#2 Bike range launched in recyclable packaging

Alicante, Spain-based bike company Mondraker have launched a new packaging initiative. As a brand, they appreciate that bikes are an excellent carbon-avoiding method of transport, so they wanted to maintain the sustainable aspects of bike-riding by transitioning their bicycles into 100% recyclable cardboard packaging, with no plastic in use. The packaging mainly consists of cardboard, but the adhesive tape used is apparently derived from rice and the security seal is made from potato pulp, making the whole pack fully recyclable or compostable. The packaging is also delivered with two hook-and-loop fastener straps to encourage reuse. An additional benefit is the reduction of assembly time for the bikes, due to the efficient positioning of the bike within.

More info in The Innovation Zone.

#3 Inflatable packaging concept can incorporate many different product sizes

The e-commerce channel continues to grow at pace and has nearly doubled in size since before the pandemic. This huge growth has inevitably caused a rise in packaging waste that is not recycled or reused and ends up in landfill. A reusable solution to this problem is from French designer Simon Chantrel, who has developed INFLATE – a reusable pack concept specifically for e-commerce that is intended to replace the single-use disposable cardboard boxes in use by many large companies today. The inflation aspect of the packaging means it can be used for many different product sizes, simply by inflating is less or more. Once the consumer has received their product delivery in this packaging, they can return it to a collection point for its reuse. It is not clear what the process is to inflate and then deflate the pack.

More info in The Innovation Zone.

#4 Sustainable paper cup aims to redefine disposability

Tel Aviv-based startup QUPP have introduced a paper cup with a stirrer attached, with the aim of redefining the meaning of the word “disposable”. QUPP aimed to design a pack that could truly be “disposed” of while adhering to the needs of the “disposable” supply chain – from production, consumer use and all the way through to post-consumer impact in the environment. The integrated stir tab is a great point of difference and is reported to be 75% lighter than the current lightest stirrer on the market. The cup uses FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) certified paper which is 100% recyclable due to the lack of a plastic lining, and is also standard size so is compatible with conventional lids. Additional sustainability benefits include the fact that the pack can be made on a single production line, saving costs and making the production process simpler.

 

Packaging question of the week

Will the growth of NFC (near-field communication) and RFID (Radio-frequency identification) packaging continue this year? Vote and comment on LinkedIn now. 

Last week, 79% thought that Morrison’s move to replace ‘use by’ dates on most of its milk products to ‘best before’ was a step in the right direction.


January 2022

Innovation Zone Snapshot – Scratch-and-sniff functionality gives beer brand point-of-difference

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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 5,526 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.

Just announced: Recyclable Packaging Innovations – Thursday 19th May – book your free place here. 

Let’s hear your views!

Moving to paper-based beverage collations.

A shift to various paper-based solutions for both the soft drinks and beer markets is happening. With the number of initiatives we’re tacking in our Innovation Zone platform, it looks like the whole market is pretty much migrating in this direction. With multi-million investments involved, the new packs are here to stay.

It’s likely that most consumers will see this as a good move.

What do you think?

Getting rid of unrecyclable plastic is a no-brainer right?
How do the new packs compare from a functional point of view? Better? Worse?
Should there be more focus on and communication of carbon footprint and LCA data?

Join the conversation here.

#1 Scratch-and-sniff functionality gives beer brand point-of-difference

Graphic Packaging International (GPI) are a leading international business in the design and manufacturing of packaging for commercial products and a regular in the pages of the Innovation Zone. The business has announced the introduction of a paperboard 12 pack for the Milton, Delaware-based Dogfish Head ale and lager brand. The new pack encourages consumers to scratch and sniff the packaging, to release samples of the scents of the products inside. The engaging scratch-and-sniff functionality gives consumers an interactive pack with an engaging point-of-difference. The paperboard pack is fully recyclable and is durable, meaning it can easily withstand travel and commercial distribution while keeping the products preserved and protected. The pack includes three each of Slightly Malty Lo-Cal IPA, 60 Minute IPA, 90 Minute IPA, and Blue Hen Pilsner to make up the 12 pack.

 

#2 Toothpaste pack has afterlife to make brushing more fun for kids

Packaging that turns heads at the point of sale as well as delivering a secondary use can be a great combination to create a competitive advantage. Tandy, the Brazilian kids toothpaste brand owned by US company Colgate-Palmolive, is attempting just that. The brand has launched new cardboard packaging in the shape of a pyramid, that can be turned into a kaliedoscope toy. The aim is to capture the interest of children and encourage them to brush their teeth using the product. It is not clear as to the recyclability of the two main components of the pack but it is likely that the cardboard element is recyclable once the toy has come to the end of its use.

More info in The Innovation Zone.

#3 Paper-based bottle set for vodka launch

Scottish brewers BrewDog might be famous for their beer products but has announced the launch of a new vodka product made entirely from waste beer in 2022. The vodka, called Bad Beer Vodka is part of the company’s commitment to sustainability and will also be packaged in a paper-based bottle, which has a biodegradable coating on the inside, making it entirely recyclable or compostable. The company is still at the final stage of testing and concede that the shelf life of the paper-based bottle may be reduced compared to a glass equivalent but will still be long enough to make it very viable. The vodka will be made using beer that has been produced either out of specification or out of date. The waste beer will be fed through its cutting edge 20-metre high rectification column at extremely high temperatures to create pure vodka. BrewDog are already carbon negative due to its move away from fossil fuels, and removes twice as much carbon from the atmosphere as it emits through its operations, due to renewable energy usage, electrification of its fleet, and utilisation of its waste as bioproducts for production.

More info in The Innovation Zone.

#4 One-handed dishwashing liquid dispensing allows for greater ease of use

Procter & Gamble (P&G) US has relaunched its best selling Dawn dishwashing liquid in a new distinctive pack design. The new Dawn EZ-Squeeze inverted bottle has no-flip cap, has a self-sealing valve giving a mess-free experience, and one-handed dispensing allowing greater ease of use for customers with disabilities or limited dexterity. The inverted bottle also means no more shaking, flipping, or banging to get out the last drop. The development of the new bottle apparently took more than five years, hundreds of designs, and thousands of hours of testing, making it one of P&G’s most researched and rigorously tested products in the company’s 50-year history within the dish soap category. Dawn EZ-Squeeze is now available at major retailers across the US in Platinum and Original formulas, and is priced at US $2.84 (£2.08).

 

Packaging question of the week

Is Morrison’s move to replace ‘use by’ dates on most of its milk products to ‘best before’ a step in the right direction? Vote and comment on LinkedIn now. 

Last week, only 22% thought that the packaging industry was on track to meet its Plastic Pact goals. See votes and comments here.


January 2022

Innovation Zone Snapshot – Stainless steel tops range allows for bottle repurposing

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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 5,502 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.

Let’s hear your views!

Switching from glass to plastic.

Coffee creamers brand Friesche Vlag brand announced late last year that they are moving all of their products currently in glass to recycled PET bottles. The change to recycled PET bottles is driven by data that confirms that the CO2 footprint of plastic bottles is much less than that of single-use glass.

Is this a good move?
Why is this not more common?

What do you think? Join the conversation here.

#1 Stainless steel tops range allows for bottle repurposing

True Fruits are a German Smoothie brand based in Bonn, that was founded in 2006. They sell their fruit smoothies and shots in glass bottles, and even though 83% of glass is recycled in Germany, the brand is offering customers the opportunity to upcycle their bottles with a number of different stainless steel tops. On their website, they offer a range of different tops available for customers to repurpose their empty bottles. The attachments available include a spice mill, sugar shaker, soap dispenser, drinking attachment, tea strainer, spreaders, as well as permanent tops. Prices for the attachments range from €10 to €17, with the average price being around €15. A funnel is also available for filling the bottles and is suitable for all three bottle sizes that True Fruits sell in 99ml, 250ml or 750ml.

 

#2 Liquid crystals create colour shift for anti-counterfeit applications

Idvac Ltd. is a technology company based in Manchester Science Park and has over 25 years of experience in vacuum and holographic technology. They have now moved their attention to the potential opportunities of Liquid Crystals (LCs) for packaging and security applications. LCs are molecules that have properties between those of conventional liquids and those of solid crystals. They can be aligned by an applied electric field or other methods which change their optical properties. The fact that LCs can change their optical properties, ie ‘Colour Shift’ effects, means they may have some useful applications for anti-counterfeiting applications. So far Idvac have been researching LC applications by printing on PET (polyethylene terephthalate) film, with colour shifts that can be transparent or semi-transparent, fast colour changes from red to green, and combining colour shift with other security features such as holographic patterns. LC colour shift film can also be laminated on Idvac vacuum metallised black coated films to achieve a Green/Deep Blue colour shift.

More info in The Innovation Zone.

#3 Bio-based pot and lid for Finnish supplement brand

Forest Spa Finland is a supplier of Nordic adaptogen supplements, which are natural substances thought to help decrease symptoms of stress and fatigue. They have chosen a premium bio-based pot and lid from Finnish sustainable packaging material supplier Sulapac. The material is made into pots and lids by Kyoto-based industrial mould manufacturing company Nissha. The pack has a unique look and feel with large and visible wood chips, emphasising that it is made from natural and sustainably sourced materials. The materials used are derived from industrial side streams that use wood from certified forests. After use, the pots are considered attractive enough to be repurposed, or alternatively, they can be composted industrially to the EN 13432 standard, leaving behind no permanent microplastics within six months. Following a critically reviewed life-cycle analysis, Sulapac’s bio-based material has been found to have a footprint of 0.42 CO2eq/kg compared to 1.7 CO2eq/kg for PP (polypropylene).

More info in The Innovation Zone.

#4 Capsule dispenser doses one at a time

German pharmaceutical packaging manufacturer Packsys GmbH has been announced a World Star Packaging Winner 2022 by the World Packaging Organisation. Their Packsys Capsule Dispenser was designed especially for consumers with declined motor functions, as the lockable actuator can be pressed with little force to release the capsule into the dosing cap, one capsule at a time. This is done without the need for the capsule to be touched. The dispenser is manufactured from pharmaceutical compliant PP (polypropylene) combined with a steel spring and is reported to be both recyclable and refillable. The dispenser can also be equipped with a desiccant fitment for moisture-sensitive products. The force of one finger is sufficient to press the actuator, although it is large enough to be pressed using the whole hand, or even the forearm or elbow if necessary.

 

Packaging question of the week

Is the packaging industry on track to meet its Plastic Pact goals? Vote and comment on LinkedIn now. 

Last week, 66% were more optimistic for their business in the year ahead compared to this time last year. See votes and comments here.


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