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January 2022

Innovation Zone Snapshot – Beauty company develops refillable toothpaste dispenser

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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 database. We now have 5,478 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.

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

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#1 Beauty company develops refillable toothpaste dispenser

The Innovation Zone has documented several businesses switching to refillable and reusable packaging as a sustainable alternative to recyclable packs. Yet another example of a change of this kind is claimed to be a ‘world first’ from UK beauty product company Happier Beauty. The business has developed a refillable toothpaste dispenser, made from a combination of aluminium and recycled plastic, refilled by biodegradable refill capsules. The brand has previously developed fully recyclable aluminium toothpaste tubes, but now is moving to a refillable format. Consumers will be sent the refillable dispenser and subsequently the refill capsules as part of the subscription service offered by the company.

 

#2 Patented paper cushion technology makes for sustainable alternative to plastic

British packaging company HexcelPack have launched a fully biodegradable and curbside-recyclable protective barrier made from paper, under the brand name Hexcel’ope. Using the company’s patented slit paper technology to expand the PEFC-certified paper into a three dimensional rigid cushion, the protection offers a strong and sustainable alternative to plastic-based bubble envelopes, which are notoriously difficult to recycle. Many companies are working on paper-based solutions for this reason. This answer is most suitable for e-commerce, as it provides the necessary protection for the delivery and shipment of fragile products.

More info in The Innovation Zone.

#3 Ergonomic PET jar is easier to handle

Shinoda Alimentos is one of Brazil’s largest producer of eggs and egg-based products. It has announced the development of a new packaging format for its Albu Protein food supplement line with FuturePack. The new pack is a PET (polyethylene terephthalate) jar, supplied by Moltec, which replaces the previous stand-up pouch format. The new pack is designed to appeal to its main target audiences, of people over 50 who consume albumin, and gym-goers. The unique shape of the new PET jar was designed to make it stand out on shelf and has ergonomic ribbing on the sidewalls that facilitate handling. It also has a wide mouth to enable the consumer to easily dispense the product with a spoon or scoop. The clear jar enables the consumer to see the product easily and is suitable for reuse. The stand-up pouch will still be available but as a refill pack.

More info in The Innovation Zone.

#4 Nanofilm extends banana shelf life

In a joint venture, EMPA (Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology) and Lidl Switzerland have brought a protective fruit and vegetable coating to market. The all-natural coating has been extensively tested and in trials has been proved to extend the shelf life of bananas by more than a week. The nanofibre film coating is made by processing pomace into fibrillated cellulose. Pomace is the solid residue left over after extracting the juice from fruit, vegetables or plants. Traditionally, this leftover material was disposed of in biogas plants or directly on the field but it is hoped that it will be used to create protective coatings in the future. The nanofibre film protection is sprayed onto the product and, since it is harmless to consumers, the solution can be washed off before consumption. The aim is for the new technology to be used in all 150 Lidl stores throughout Switzerland following the successful main trial.

 

Packaging question of the week

Are you more optimistic for your business in the year ahead compared to this time last year? Vote and comment on LinkedIn now. 

Last week, 87% think there will be more innovation in the packaging industry in 2022 compared to last year. See votes and comments here.


January 2022

Innovation Zone Snapshot – Nestle to supply brands for Argentinian packaging-free chain

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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 database. We now have 5,454 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.Hosted by Paul Jenkins, Managing Director and Barrington Pamplin, Technical Director of ThePackHub.

Book your free place here.

#1 Nestle to supply brands for Argentinian packaging-free chain

Cero Market, which makes the claim of being the first packaging-free supermarket chain in Argentina, has entered into a partnership with Nestlé to supply three of its biggest brands without packaging. Nestlé will supply its Maggi puree, Nescafé instant coffee and Nesquik cocoa powder to Cero Market, whose slogan is  ‘Zero containers, zero waste and zero minimum quantities’. Selling items by weight, the customer takes exactly the amount they need, promoting zero waste. The initiative helps Nestlé in their sustainability goals. They are aiming for their packaging to be 100% recyclable or reusable by 2025, thus ensuring that none of their packaging ends up in landfill. Cero Market currently has twelve stores, selling, among other items, hygiene products, cleaning, infusions, seeds, legumes, flours, jams and sweets.

 

#2 Fragrance closure made from rPET

Texen is a leading French supplier of product solutions for the luxury & beauty markets. Luxury beauty and fragrance brand Chanel were looking for a more environmentally-friendly option for their jar closures. Texen were able to offer an rPET (recycled polyethylene terephthalate), made from recycled PET bottles. The cap contains a black dye that was specifically developed to make it detectable in optical recycling streams, aiding recycling of the component and allowing better management throughout its life cycle. The new cap was developed using Texen’s polycondensation technology, and gives the same mechanical and sensory properties as the previous cap. Texen claim to be able to produce the raw material and manufacture a finished component in less than twenty minutes. The new cap will be used on Chanel’s Le Lift and Hydra Beauty skincare lines.

More info in The Innovation Zone.

#3 Biodegradable corn-based material helps increase food shelf life

A newly developed packaging material could help reduce the amount of spoiled food that gets discarded by making produce last longer. The biodegradable development is being overseen by scientists from Harvard University and Nanyang Technological University (NTU) of Singapore. The material is made via an electrospinning process. Its fibres consist of a zein corn protein combined with starch, cellulose and some other naturally-derived polymers. The zein is acquired from corn gluten, a waste by-product from ethanol production. The fibres are ingrained with antibacterial compounds such as thyme, citric acid and acetic acid. The compounds stay within the fibres when the film is wrapped around food. If enzymes are produced by bacteria, the compounds are released that then kill the bacteria and any fungi that may be present. In tests, strawberries wrapped in the new film stayed mould-free for seven days compared to four days for fruit kept in conventional fruit baskets.  The material is still some way from any market commercialisation.

More info in The Innovation Zone.

#4 Supermarket trial of refillable draught beer concept commences

Last orders, please! Following a successful trial of refillable packaging, last year at Asda’s sustainability store pilot in Leeds, UK, the British supermarket chain has collaborated with the Craft on Draft brand to launch a new draught beer concept within one of their Milton Keynes stores. The scheme will see 12 different beers on the menu, poured into one or two litre containers by Asda shop assistants, which can then be bought and taken home to then be reused by consumers. If the trial proves successful in terms of both sustainability and profitability objectives, Asda plans to extend the idea to several more stores across the UK, and also incorporate other alcoholic beverages into the scheme including cocktails and stouts.

 

Packaging question of the week

Will there be more innovation in the packaging industry in 2022 compared to last year? Vote and comment on LinkedIn now. 

Last time, In terms of sustainability, 69% believe that the packaging industry is pulling in the same direction more now than in 2020. See votes and comments here.


December 2021

Innovation Zone Snapshot – UK retailer trialling paper lining for cereal brand

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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 database. We now have 5,414 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.

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

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#1 UK retailer trialling paper lining for cereal brand

Multinational food manufacturing brand Kellogg’s are testing a paper lining for their iconic Corn Flakes variant for the UK market. The trial will take place in a small number of Tesco outlets. The paper lining will be introduced as a replacement for the plastic bag that has been traditionally used in Kellogg’s Corn Flakes packaging that is not widely kerbside recyclable in the UK. A few challenges were encountered and overcome in the production of the new packs. Kellogg’s needed to ensure that the paper would survive the filling and sealing processes while maintaining the barrier properties. Fres=hness maintenance and integrity of the product inside was also an obstacle to overcome, but Kellogg’s achieved the high standard they were striving for and is hoping that it is maintained throughout the trial.

 

#2 Gel packs replaced with frozen water bottles

Amazon Fresh in Singapore is maintaining the freshness of deliveries of frozen and chilled food products by moving to recyclable frozen water bottles instead of using more traditional unrecyclable gel packs. The water bottles will be used on products such as meat, seafood and ice cream. The bottles have been extensively tested in order to find the correct solution for Singapore’s hot and humid environment, and they proved to give the same cooling effect as the original gel packs. The bottles contain drinking water, or the water can also be used for cooking or watering plants. After use, the bottles can be recycled like any other PET (polyethylene terephthalate) bottle in the country’s blue recycling bins. The initiative is part of Amazon’s ambitions of building a sustainable business for their customers, employees and communities, the goal being net-zero carbon shipping.

More info in The Innovation Zone.

#3 UK brewery launches refill scheme for alcoholic beverages

The reusable and refillable packaging market continues to develop with several initiatives coming to our attention at the Innovation Zone. This time we track English brewery Adnams, who have launched a new scheme in four of their shops nationwide. Shoppers can purchase a refillable bottle from special refill stations at any of the participating shops, or simply bring their own. Customers can purchase Adnams branded refill bottles or beer growler. There are 0.5 litre, 1 and 2 litre bottles for several brands of beer, gin and wine, that can be inexpensively refilled at the breweries. This initiative will prevent the use of single-use packaging. With consumers dispensing the product themselves, any spillages could get expensive.

More info in The Innovation Zone.

#4 Plant-based PET bottle made from wood chippings and molasses

Japanese multinational brewing and distilling company Suntory has developed a prototype plant-based PET bottle. The new design is intended to be used for their Japanese Tennensui brand and Orangina with its sales base in Europe. It was developed in collaboration with Pearl River, New York-based Anellotech, a sustainable chemicals and technology company. The technology involves extracting paraxylene from wood chippings, which are then turned into terephthalic acid (PTA), which is commonly used as the main component in polyethylene terephthalate (PET). This plant-based material is then combined with mono ethylene glycol (MEG), which is made from molasses. At the end of the bottle’s use, they can be recycled back into bottles to complete the circularity.

 

Latest ThePackHub Expert Interview

Marika Knorr of CCL Label discusses her company’s Ecofloat sleeve material can enable brands to meet their recycling targets.

Packaging question of the week

Would you buy wine in a paper bottle? Vote and comment now. 

Last week, 89% thought there should there be more regulation to help reduce greenwashing in packaging.


December 2021

Innovation Zone Snapshot – External coating increases lighter bottle strength

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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 database. We now have 5,382 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.

Very Special Offer – Half Price
Save on Global Packaging Trends Compendium

Find out about ThePackHub’s nine global packaging trends

– More than 550 market initiatives with visuals, analysis and commentary across nine packaging trends

– consumer insight – find out the views, opinions and motives of the end customer about packaging innovation via our exclusive bespoke research

– 16 key expert interviews – understand the authoritative views of leading packaging industry experts

Get our Global Packaging Trends Compendium 2021 for just:

SAVE!

£449 (PDF & two printed volumes)
£349 (PDF only)

(Currently available for £900)

Combine your order with our Refillable & Reusable Packaging Compendium 2020/21 (both PDF only) for a total price of just £499.

Find out more and order here.

NEW – 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.

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

Book your free place here.

#1 External coating increases lighter bottle strength

Luxembourg-based glass and metal products manufacturer Ardagh Group has announced a collaboration with French software company Dassault Systèmes and Malaysian consultancy EXXERGY. The three-way partnership will conduct trials to produce lighter glass bottles, the focus of which will be the bottle’s external coating. The coating is expected to increase strength, meaning that the weight of the glass used in the bottles can be decreased. The external coating is said to not affect the recyclability of the bottles. During the project, Ardagh Group and EXXERGY will focus on the research and development of the coatings, while Dassault Systèmes will offer contract research services using its BIOVIA software applications. The initial trial will be conducted on Diageo’s Johnnie Walker whisky bottles and if successful they intend to commence product testing in the summer.

 

#2 Recyclable bottle label contain seeds to match contents

Italian packaging design agency Gentlebrand have announced a new labelling concept for PET (polyethylene terephthalate) beverage bottles. Called the Aroma bottle, it features a paper label that is attached to the neck of the bottle. Gentlebrand decided to focus on the issue of bottle labels as they can be difficult to remove for recycling, and if left on, the inks, adhesives and substrate used can contaminate the recycling stream. The Aroma concept eliminates the need for adhesives, the labels themselves are made of organic paper, and the inks used are vegetable-based. The labels also contain seeds that match the flavour of the beverage, and when the label is removed it can be planted. The label is large enough to contain any legal or allergen information required, as well as marketing messages and branding. Through a partner company, Salles-d’Angles, France-based Competek, the recycled PET bottle can be embossed with writing or decoration.

More info in The Innovation Zone.

#3 Switch to recyclable plastic cups for fast-food chain

US fast-food chain Wendy’s is collaborating with Berry Global and multinational chemical company LyondellBasell, to make their packaging more sustainable. They are replacing their current non-recyclable plastic-lined paper cups with a single-substrate recyclable plastic cup. The new cups will also contain 20% recycled plastic, accredited with the International Sustainability and Carbon Certification (ISCC). The move to the new plastic cups is estimated to save 10 million pounds (4.54 million kgs) of waste going to landfill. The new cups will be introduced in the US and Canada first and then globally by 2023. Wendy’s aims to have all of their customer-facing packaging manufactured in more sustainable materials by 2026, and the aim of the collaboration with Berry Global and LyondellBasell is to co-create sustainable packaging solutions. In 2019 Wendy’s joined the NextGen Consortium, which develops and commercialises sustainable packaging solutions, as a supporting partner. Wendy’s currently operates more than 6,800 restaurants worldwide.

More info in The Innovation Zone.

#4 Reusable container scheme launch for Italian restaurants

Around is an Italian start up initiative that aims to tackle two areas of concern in the restaurant sector: single-use packaging and food waste. With regard to the issue of single-use packaging, they have started a returnable container scheme. An app can be downloaded which lets customers know which restaurants are participating in the scheme. They can then request their food to be packed into returnable containers, which are tracked using a QR code. The app then reminds them on a daily basis that the container needs to be returned to the restaurant – if it has not been returned within a week the customer is charged €10. Washing of the containers is carried out by the restaurant, unless it has access to Around’s centralised washing facility. The app also helps reduce food waste by allowing restaurants to alert customers that they have unsold food available at discounted prices.

 

Latest ThePackHub Expert Interview

Marika Knorr of CCL Label discusses her company’s Ecofloat sleeve material can enable brands to meet their recycling targets.

Packaging question of the week

Should there be more regulation to help reduce greenwashing in packaging? Vote and comment now. 

Last week, 88% thought there was more greenwashing in 2021.


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