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June 2019

Innovation Zone Snapshot – Fully recyclable single-serve coffee pack introduced

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Welcome to this week’s Innovation Zone snapshot from ThePackHub.
ThePackHub collates up to 20 new packaging innovations each week and we have picked four recent examples for you below.

Find out about how to subscribe to the database here.

Our next packaging seminar is on Thursday 3rd October – Sustainable Packaging Innovations 2019. Very Early Bird ends this Friday 28th June. Book your place now.

Request a free sample of our Top Packaging Suppliers Guide 2019 report. Out now.

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


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Top Packaging Suppliers Guide 2019

 


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.

From Amcor to WestRock, ThePackHub’s Top Packaging Supplier Guide 2019 has over 250 ideas covering a wide range of materials and applications, there really is something for everyone!

Available as a printed report delivered postage free. Purchase of this comprehensive guide is also comes with a free, fully searchable PDF.

The cost of ThePackHub’s Top Packaging Supplier Guide 2019 is just £699.

Request a free sample of the report.

Early bird launch offer

Save £300. Get your Top Packaging Supplier Guide 2019 for just £399.

Find out more and order here.


ThePackHub Seminars

Sustainable Packaging Innovations 2019 – Thursday 3rd October

ThePackHub’s 10th packaging conference is the perfect opportunity to get up to speed with the very latest sustainable packaging innovations relevant to your business in an interactive and engaging seminar environment. Just £359 + VAT.

Current Early Bird Discounts

Sustainable Packaging Innovations 2019 – Very Early Bird ends Friday 28th June – save £160.

 


#1 Fully recyclable single-serve coffee pack introduced

US-based specialty coffee company NuZee has introduced a recyclable single-serve coffee pack to improve their environmental credentials. The fully recyclable packaging comes to market via food and beverage packaging specialists Huhtamaki with their next generation range of recyclable flexible packaging called blueloop. See Mono-material range launch improves recyclabilityHuhtamaki’s blueloop solutions are mono-material structures made from a combination of widely recyclable PP, PE and paper. The single serve pour over coffee pack consists of a customised box and a disposable filter and coffee sealed in a pouch. Up until the packaging change, all the packaging bar the pouch was recyclable. The previous pouch had a combination of film and coatings to maintain freshness. The use of Huhtamaki’s blueloop packaging film in the manufacture of the nitrogen-flushed pouch changes that and creates a 100% fully recyclable that still maintains the freshness of the coffee.

 

More info in The Innovation Zone.


#2 Plastic-free shampoo brand hits Canadian shelves

The negative single-use plastic sentiment is seeing new categories popping up. An area for change is in the bathroom with a number of brands looking to switch out of plastic with new packaging alternatives in a sector that is starting to take off. Canadian bar shampoo company Unwrapped Life is one of these businesses. The brand has a philosophy that ‘shampoo really doesn’t need to be in a bottle’ and is cutting single-use plastic by offering a solid-form shampoo and conditioner combination. The business also uses paper to pack the products. The bars are small and lightweight. Rigid paper mailers or small cardboard boxes are used for online orders. The business has sourced recycled paper products to cut down on the impact of virgin paper manufacturing and distribution. See also Water soluble shampoo pods reduces plastic use and Single use shaving pods dissolve in water.

More info in The Innovation Zone.


#3 Upfront messaging promotes plastic-free bread packaging

Although the plastic on much of the wrapped bread sold in the UK is recyclable, few local authorities collect it as part of kerbside services.  Consumers need to take the packaging to a recycling point to be recycled alongside carrier bags. Northwich, UK based Roberts Bakery is creating a stir with ‘in your face’ messaging to promote the introduction of paper packaging. Rolling out to 300 Tesco stores on its core 800g loaf range,  the bags are made from sustainably sourced paper and a thin PP coating. This enables the loaves to carry OPRL’s ‘widely-recycled’ logo, the first UK bread brand to be awarded this.  The roll-out of paper packaging on the 800g core range follows the launch of the packaging on Roberts’ bloomer as reported in the Innovation Zone – 100% recyclable bakery brand shouts claims on pack. Roberts is aiming to eventually switch to plastic-free packaging across all SKUs and in all stockists.

 

More info in The Innovation Zone.


#4 Secondary packaging transforms into jetpack after the kids’ clothes have been unpacked

Sustainable fashion company Stretchy kids’ clothing brand Petit Pli has a unique selling proposition that sees their pleated and stretchy clothes expand as young wearers gets older and bigger. The big idea is to reduce clothing waste as well as save parents’ money, as children move up several sizes in the first few years of their life. As well as making branding and communications changes, London-based NB Studio has also designed special structural packaging for the brand. The FSC cardboard box has been designed in an origami style that lets consumers transform it into a jetpack after the clothes have been unpacked. This gives the box a new life by turning it into a kids’ toy and sustainably extending the use of the packaging.  The clothes are also wrapped in leftover material surplus to the production process. See also Try out your best origami with one-of-a-kind chocolate packs.

More info in The Innovation Zone.


 

 

Join our new sustainable packaging Facebook group More Plastic Than Fish and be part of the conversation.  Join here.


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.


June 2019

Innovation Zone Snapshot – Chicken moves to pouch format to reduce amount of plastic used

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Welcome to this week’s Innovation Zone snapshot from ThePackHub.
ThePackHub collates up to 20 new packaging innovations each week and we have picked four recent examples for you below.

Find out about how to subscribe to the database here.

Our next packaging seminar is on Thursday 3rd October – Sustainable Packaging Innovations 2019. Book your place now.

Request a free sample of our Top Packaging Suppliers Guide 2019 report. Out now.

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


Early Bird Launch Offer
Top Packaging Suppliers Guide 2019

 


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.

From Amcor to WestRock, ThePackHub’s Top Packaging Supplier Guide 2019 has over 250 ideas covering a wide range of materials and applications, there really is something for everyone!

Available as a printed report delivered postage free. Purchase of this comprehensive guide is also comes with a free, fully searchable PDF.

The cost of ThePackHub’s Top Packaging Supplier Guide 2019 is just £699.

Request a free sample of the report.

Early bird launch offer

Save £300. Get your Top Packaging Supplier Guide 2019 for just £399.

Find out more and order here.


ThePackHub Seminars

Sustainable Packaging Innovations 2019 – Thursday 3rd October

ThePackHub’s 10th packaging conference is the perfect opportunity to get up to speed with the very latest sustainable packaging innovations relevant to your business in an interactive and engaging seminar environment. Just £359 + VAT.

Current Early Bird Discounts

Sustainable Packaging Innovations 2019 – Early Bird – save £160.

 


#1 Chicken moves to pouch format to reduce amount of plastic used

UK retailer Asda have been working to reduce the amount of plastic used for their packaging. The business aims to for all their own brand packaging to be 100% recyclable by 2025. This will be achieved by cutting what is seen as unnecessary plastic across the business. More information: Asda sustainable packaging commitment. The retailer is making a change to move towards their sustainability aspirations by switching their own-brand chicken into a pouch. The new pouch solution breaks convention as well as using over 55% less plastic packaging compared to the current tray format. There is also an estimated 73% reduction in transportation due to a smaller surface area of the new packs. The pack size change also ensures that more product fits on a shelves to improve availability. The pack also has easy tear, which means consumers don’t have to use a knife to open the pack.

 

More info in The Innovation Zone.


#2 Nano-active pack increases pork shelf life

Researchers from the Faculty of Higher Studies Cuautitlán Mexico have developed an active container. Pork meat is susceptible to develop E.coli brought on by a combination of poor storage and handling. The use of rosemary oil helps to lengthen the shelf life of vacuum packed pork as well as protect it from bacterial contamination. The research team vacuum packed the pork with a nano-active coating based on rosemary oil. The oil has the dual effect of reducing microorganisms as well as maintaining the organoleptic properties of the product. A test period of two hours with the rosemary oil, there was a marked decrease in the growth of coliforms such as E.coli and Salmonella. The coating currently means that the packaging is not biodegradable and development work is ongoing to solve this.  See also Test patch determines whether meat is safe to eat.

More info in The Innovation Zone.


#3 Shampoo bottle can be planted to grow more trees

Taiwanese brand owner O’Right has introduced Tree in the Bottle is a shampoo brand with packaging that can be planted to eventually transform into a tree. The idea is to plant the biodegradable packaging post-use. It came from Taiwan and arrived in Portugal with two versions, with different seeds that are embedded in the packaging. Tree in the Bottle has acacia seeds and coffee bean. Acacia was chosen due to the high amount of carbon dioxide it absorbs when grown. The use of coffee beans has a clever twist as it also forms part of the ingredients of the shampoo. 250 ml Tree in the Bottle shampoos cost € 20 (£17.74) and can be purchased online as well as in selected Portuguese outlets. See also Paper range embedded with variety of seeds, Compostable coffee cup with seeds from the area and Compostable chocolate packaging embedded with wildflower seeds.

 

More info in The Innovation Zone.


#4 Olive oil packaging promises post-use children fun

Leading Croatian olive oil brand Brachia has launched the first olive oil targeting children. The olive oil brand from the island of Brač has launched ‘Brachia Hids’, an olive oil with flavours deemed suitable for and appealing to children. The Brachia Kids olive oil comes in specially branded packaging designed by Zagreb-based design agency Izvorka Jurić. The packaging is designed so that the children’s product is seen as affordable and fun. The pack design focuses on educating the young consumer on the importance of the regular use of olive oil. The bottle has an added bonus with the inclusion of six crayons inserted inside the sleeve. Children can use these to colour in the illustration of olive trees on the box when it is flattened out. The new kids olive oil offering is available at Croatian UJE outlets. See also Child friendly pouch delivers sweet reward.

More info in The Innovation Zone.


 

 

Join our new sustainable packaging Facebook group More Plastic Than Fish and be part of the conversation.  Join here.


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.


June 2019

Innovation Zone Snapshot – Fully recyclable paper banding to collate bananas launched

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Innovation Zone ThePackHub - thepackhub.com

 

Welcome to this week’s Innovation Zone snapshot from ThePackHub.
ThePackHub collates up to 20 new packaging innovations each week and we have picked four recent examples for you below.

Find out about how to subscribe to the database here.

Our next packaging seminar is on Thursday 3rd October – Sustainable Packaging Innovations 2019. Book your place now.

Request a free sample of our Top Packaging Suppliers Guide 2019 report. Out now.

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


Early Bird Launch Offer
Top Packaging Suppliers Guide 2019

 


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.

From Amcor to WestRock, ThePackHub’s Top Packaging Supplier Guide 2019 has over 250 ideas covering a wide range of materials and applications, there really is something for everyone!

Available as a printed report delivered postage free. Purchase of this comprehensive guide is also comes with a free, fully searchable PDF.

The cost of ThePackHub’s Top Packaging Supplier Guide 2019 is just £699.

Request a free sample of the report.

Early bird launch offer

Save £300. Get your Top Packaging Supplier Guide 2019 for just £399.

Find out more and order here.


ThePackHub Seminars

Sustainable Packaging Innovations 2019 – Thursday 3rd October

ThePackHub’s 10th packaging conference is the perfect opportunity to get up to speed with the very latest sustainable packaging innovations relevant to your business in an interactive and engaging seminar environment. Just £359 + VAT.

Current Early Bird Discounts

Sustainable Packaging Innovations 2019 – Early Bird – save £160.

 


#1 Fully recyclable paper banding to collate bananas launched

Packaging manufacturer Mondi’s creative team have worked together to deliver a new distinctive structural design that is designed to look like the product it protects. Pistachio Dream is inspired by the pistachio nut with the structure, colour (pistachio brown and green) and the opening mechanism designed to resemble the product itself. By pulling the two sides of the box apart, the end user mimics the peeling of the pistachio nut from the peel. The trays that appear on the outside when the pack has been opened work as receptacles for empty pistachio shells. The corrugated cardboard exterior of the primary packaging also makes it easy to stack the nut produce on the shelf.

 

More info in The Innovation Zone.


#2 Distinctive hot sauce jar helps communicate explosive flavour

Columbia, South Carolina-based Smoke Hall Foods L3C is the veteran-owned, parent company of The General’s Hot Sauce. The sauce brand has used packaging in an impactful and eye-catching way to help communicate what their product is all about. The three Louisiana hot sauces for sale promise to spice up cooking with a range of explosive spices. To help shoppers understand the power of the sauces as well as to differentiate the brand on supermarket shelves, the sauces are presented in grenade-shaped packaging to reinforce the notion of a spicy explosion of flavours.

More info in The Innovation Zone.


#3 Bubble tea cup gets reimagined to add functionality and sustainable features

The banning of plastic straws in several parts of the world has created a challenge for the bubble tea market. Bubble tea is a Taiwanese tea-based drink and a straw is currently a central part of the consumption experience. However, the packaging proposition has been reimagined by two designers from Taipei who have designed it so it no longer requires a straw to consume. Their packaging answer is called ‘Float’ and is a glass cup with a sipping area combined with an inner cup. The outer material, provided by Hsinchu City, Taiwan headquartered Spring Pool Glass is made with recycled glass. The mouth of the cup is protected by a cover, punctuated by a coloured sphere that has been created to resemble a bubble tea pearl. A smaller inner cup sits within the glassware to let the drinker reach the beverage’s toppings easily. The introduction of an inner cup makes the glass easier to clean.

 

More info in The Innovation Zone.


#4 Cleaning products range switch to refill model using cartons

Reusable packaging systems are increasing in popularity. New York based Cleancult is a green cleaning company that has created a refill-based model that allows their products to evade plastic packaging. The business also claims to be carbon neutral. Consumers can refill the first bottle they use and then recycle their cartons for the first ever zero waste cleaning model. Rather than sending more plastic bottles to users when they run out of cleaners, the refills are sent in plastic free mailers made of paper. The refills themselves are milk cartons that use 90% less plastic than current packaging. See also Refillable pack scheme launched for UK cosmetics brand.

More info in The Innovation Zone.


 

 

Join our new sustainable packaging Facebook group More Plastic Than Fish and be part of the conversation.  Join here.


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.


June 2019

Innovation Zone Snapshot – Pistachio box structure designed to look like the product

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Innovation Zone ThePackHub - thepackhub.com

 

Welcome to this week’s Innovation Zone snapshot from ThePackHub.
ThePackHub collates up to 20 new packaging innovations each week and we have picked four recent examples for you below.

Find out about how to subscribe to the database here.

Our next packaging seminar is on Thursday 3rd October – Sustainable Packaging Innovations 2019. Book your place now.

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


Early Bird Launch Offer
Top Packaging Suppliers Guide 2019

 


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.

From Amcor to WestRock, ThePackHub’s Top Packaging Supplier Guide 2019 has over 250 ideas covering a wide range of materials and applications, there really is something for everyone!

Available as a printed report delivered postage free. Purchase of this comprehensive guide is also comes with a free, fully searchable PDF.

The cost of ThePackHub’s Top Packaging Supplier Guide 2019 is just £699.

Early bird launch offer

Save £300. Get your Top Packaging Supplier Guide 2019 for just £399.

Find out more and order here.


ThePackHub Seminars

Sustainable Packaging Innovations 2019 – Thursday 3rd October

ThePackHub’s 10th packaging conference is the perfect opportunity to get up to speed with the very latest sustainable packaging innovations relevant to your business in an interactive and engaging seminar environment. Just £359 + VAT.

Current Early Bird Discounts

Sustainable Packaging Innovations 2019 – Early Bird – save £160.

 


#1 Pistachio box structure designed to look like the product

Packaging manufacturer Mondi’s creative team have worked together to deliver a new distinctive structural design that is designed to look like the product it protects. Pistachio Dream is inspired by the pistachio nut with the structure, colour (pistachio brown and green) and the opening mechanism designed to resemble the product itself. By pulling the two sides of the box apart, the end user mimics the peeling of the pistachio nut from the peel. The trays that appear on the outside when the pack has been opened work as receptacles for empty pistachio shells. The corrugated cardboard exterior of the primary packaging also makes it easy to stack the nut produce on the shelf.

 

More info in The Innovation Zone.


#2 Consumer good giant launches recyclable black pigment

It is estimated that the UK sends more than one million tonnes of black plastics to landfill every year. Its carbon content prevents it from being detected by the infra-red sorting systems used in reprocessing facilities. However, this is changing with measures in place to replace black plastics with materials that the Material Recycling Facilities (MRF) are able to recycle. Global consumer goods giant Unilever has revealed a ‘detectable and recyclable’ black plastic pack development. The new pigment makes black plastics detectable by the recycling equipment. The material will be used across Unilever’s TRESemme and Lynx brands for the UK market. Unilever collaborated with several UK recycling experts including RECOUP, WRAP and waste management giants Veolia, SUEZ and Viridor to develop the solution. The move will divert up to 2,500 tonnes of black plastic from landfill and incineration every year. Unilever have also pledged to ensure that its Lynx and TRESemme packaging is made using 30% post-consumer recycled (PCR) plastics in due course. Read more about the company’s sustainable packaging commitment. See also Black plastic recycling challenge met by laundry and home care brand.

More info in The Innovation Zone.


#3 Food cling film gets a design reinvention

Food Wrap is a patent-pending reinvention of everyday plastic cling wrap. Food Wrap has been created to wrap food without using single-use plastics. The solution also promises to be easy to clean and subsequently reuse. Food Wrap promises to easily wrap food items like cling film and can be dishwasher cleaned or hand washed to make it reusable on many occasions. As well as cling film, Food Wrap can also replace baking paper and tin foil. Food Wrap is heat resistant to 235°C so can be used in the oven or microwave. It is a silicone material. Freezer friendly and stain resistant, the wraps are 40cm x 30cm x 1mm in size and can even be stretched to around three times its original size. See also Reusable fabric designed to replace plastic for food preservation.

 

More info in The Innovation Zone.


#4 Resealable fruit bag incorporates easy open front aperture

An easy open and resealable system designed by Barcelona headquartered Giró for their Ultrabag net pack makes it simple for consumers to open and close a bag easily and comfortably. The fresh produce packaging supplier commissioned research to find out about the most important features of net bag packaging. The results via Nielsen revealed that consumers prefer using net bags for fruit over plastic bags, paper bags and punnets. The results also showed that net packaging improves product visibility and perceived superior breathability. Consumers also fed back the need for a simple open and close feature that is mainly missing from this type of pack format. Giró’s Easy Open System is created using the GirBagger UB Machine. Once opened, consumers can take out the amount of fruit required then using an adhesive tag. It is easy to reseal the bag.

More info in The Innovation Zone.


 

 

Join our new sustainable packaging Facebook group More Plastic Than Fish and be part of the conversation.  Join here.


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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