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May 2019

Innovation Zone Snapshot – US spirit brand in 750ml direct to consumer bags makes carbon footprint reduction claims

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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.

We have our latest Early Bird discount for Innovation Zone Live next week – Thursday 16th May. Order now to save £60. Ends Thursday 9th May.

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


Early Bird Discounts for ThePackHub Seminars

Innovation Zone Live 2019 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. Full price – £359 + VAT.

The agenda includes insight and innovation inspiration from Valpak, Datalase, Braskem, TerraCycle, Webpac, ThePackHub, Mondelez, Mayr-Melnhof Karton, RPC pri, Innovation Ink, Unilever and more.

Current Early Bird Discounts

Innovation Zone Live 2019 – Save £60. Ends Thursday 9th May.
Sustainable Packaging Innovations 2019 – Save £160.

 


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.


#1 US spirit brand in 750ml direct to consumer bags makes carbon footprint reduction claims

An active area of packaging innovation development is the progress in paper bottle solutions. The Innovation Zone has featured several in recent months. The latest to report is from entrepreneurial business 3Epack. The bottle has a distinctive and novel pack shape. 75% of the materials used are made from renewable resources and are compostable. The five parts that make up the pack separate easily for recycling.  A gas-barrier film helps to extend product shelf life.The bottle can be used for a range of non carbonated drinks in volumes up to 20 oz (568ml). The developers claim up to 75% less plastic is used than conventional plastic bottles. The 3EPak bottle contains 5 g of plastic compared to a typical 22.5-g PET bottle used for a shelf-stable juices. The business is currently on the look out for strategic partners to take the development to the next stages.

 

More info in The Innovation Zone.


#2 Paper fibre cup replaces plastic for Swedish dairy brand

Arla Foods owned Swedish dairy brand favourite Keso is switching out of plastic into a paper fibre cup. The substrate change coincides with an updated, more modern brand design switch. The move sees Keso 250g and 500g variants switch to the new paper fibre cup. The change has been instigated to help to reduce the brand’s climate impact. The paper-based raw material instead of plastic will together contribute to 560 tonnes less carbon dioxide emitted each year. According to the brand, this equates to the removal in production of 17 million plastic bags. See also Compostable and recyclable ice cream pack saves 500 tons of plastic annually. EXTRA READING: You can read more about Arla Foods’ sustainable packaging commitment here.

More info in The Innovation Zone.


#3 Free-standing new hydration system saves single-use plastic

PepsiCo has unveiled a new hydration system as the global beverage brand aims to develop water solutions that go ‘beyond the bottle’. The company has introduced a new water dispenser, available as both a free-standing and countertop unit. It has a personalised QR code on the device and works in conjunction with the user’s smartphone app. The smart system allows users to track their water intake and set up individual hydration goals. The system also keeps a tally of the environmental savings achieved by replacing the use of single-use plastic bottles. It has a variety of flavours, carbonation options and temperatures to choose from. The introduction follows PepsiCo’s 2018 acquisition of leading home carbonation business SodaStream. The solution tackles three consumer trends around increasing concern for the environment, more preference for refillable bottles as well as increased desire for personalised whenever possible. PepsiCo will launch the platform at selected workplaces, universities and hospitality partners. FURTHER READING: Read more about PepsiCo’s sustainable packaging strategy. See also In-home water appliance launch reduces plastic use.

More info in The Innovation Zone.


#4 Dutch mushroom range switches to resealable 100% cardboard pack

Family-own Dutch fruit and vegetable specialists Postuma AGF has developed a resealable 100% cardboard pack for mushrooms. Many of the mushroom packaging initiatives we have featured in the Innovation Zone tend to focus on fibre-based solutions alongside increasing shelf life. In this case, a collaboration that also includes Van Doremaele mushrooms and Kampen, Netherlands based Driepak Verpakkingen has resulted in a unique and modern looking pack with a detachable lid to give some resealing functionality. It has allowed Postuma to stand out on crowded supermarket shelves with this exclusive pack. The full cardboard container helps to preserve product quality as well as reduce instances of plastic use. The packaging is resistant to moisture and the produce is also able to breathe sufficiently. They are packed per 6 x 225 grams.

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.


April 2019

Innovation Zone Snapshot – Paper bottle with novel structural design uses up to 75% less plastic

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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.

We have our latest Early Bird discount for Innovation Zone Live next month. Order now and save £60.

Find out about how to subscribe to the database here.

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


Early Bird Discounts for ThePackHub Seminars

Innovation Zone Live 2019 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. Full price – £359 + VAT.

The agenda includes insight and innovation inspiration from Valpak, Datalase, Braskem, TerraCycle, Webpac, ThePackHub, Mondelez, Mayr-Melnhof Karton, RPC pri, Innovation Ink, Unilever and more.

Current Early Bird Discounts

Innovation Zone Live 2019 – Save £60.
Sustainable Packaging Innovations 2019 – Save £160.

 


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.


#1 Paper bottle with novel structural design uses up to 75% less plastic

An active area of packaging innovation development is the progress in paper bottle solutions. The Innovation Zone has featured several in recent months. The latest to report is from entrepreneurial business 3Epack. The bottle has a distinctive and novel pack shape. 75% of the materials used are made from renewable resources and are compostable. The five parts that make up the pack separate easily for recycling.  A gas-barrier film helps to extend product shelf life.The bottle can be used for a range of non carbonated drinks in volumes up to 20 oz (568ml). The developers claim up to 75% less plastic is used than conventional plastic bottles. The 3EPak bottle contains 5 g of plastic compared to a typical 22.5-g PET bottle used for a shelf-stable juices. The business is currently on the look out for strategic partners to take the development to the next stages.

 

More info in The Innovation Zone.


#2 Corrugated cardboard eliminates the need for plastic shrink film

Global producer of paper-based packaging Smurfit Kappa has introduced a solution to reduce the amount of plastic used for the collation of beverage bottles. Nor-Grip is a system made of corrugated cardboard that allows the packaging of water bottles into a multipack format. This completely eliminates the requirement for the ubiquitous plastic shrink film. It is 100% recyclable. According to tests conducted though a Smurfit Kappa consumer insights survey, 75% of consumers prefer Nor-Grip to a plastic film. Other products from the same family are being developed and tested, such as the Sleever, for smaller products such as bottled beer and canned products. Read more about Smurfit Kappa’s Better Planet Packaging initiative.

More info in The Innovation Zone.


#3 In-home water appliance launch reduces plastic use

Danone owned Evian, like all global water brands is under pressure to improve its environmental reputation with strategies to reduce single-use plastic burden. For info read more about Evian’s zero plastic waste strategy here.  The business has announced the introduction of an in-home water appliance called evian (re)new. The solution delivers Evian mineral water to consumers at home with a significant reduction in the amount of plastic packaging used. The collapsible 5L ‘bubble’ is 100% recyclable and made of a 100% rPET that contracts gradually as the mineral water is consumed. It is reported to use 66% less plastic than the equivalent 1.5L bottle. Consumers can reorder Evian via a button on the base of the appliance, which is connected to a smartphone app. It is able to track the amount of water consumed and notify when it is time to re-order. The water appliance will launch as part of a Paris and London pilot, which coincidentally perhaps mirrors the cities used for TerraCycle’s Loop trial. They are ultimately looking to bring a scalable and circular solution to market. See also Leading water brand launches refillable glass bottle.

More info in The Innovation Zone.


#4 Netherlands online store embarks on packaging reduction campaign

The Netherlands’ biggest e-commerce retailer bol.com is embarking on a strategy to reduce the amount of packaging used in their services and take a step towards climate-neutral shopping by 2025. The business is reducing the use of their distinctive blue and white box by 3.5 million items. For a range of products such as computer printers, baby’s diapers, kitchen items, coffee makers etc, the packaging of the article itself will offer sufficient packaging protection for e-commerce distribution. The web store will also introduce a shipping bag made from recycled plastic and will limit the use of cardboard and packing material. The new shipping bag is made from recycled plastic. Items such as towels, bags and clothing will be packed in the bag. The size of the bag can be adjusted to the product. A cost and CO2 saving is achieved because the plastic bag is lighter than the cardboard box. The company estimates that the new packaging emits 90% less CO2 than the box.

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.


April 2019

Innovation Zone Snapshot – Shampoo and conditioner refilling station pilot may be extended to other markets

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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.

We have our latest Early Bird discount for Innovation Zone Live next month. Order now and save £60.

Find out about how to subscribe to the database here.

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


Early Bird Discounts for ThePackHub Seminars

Innovation Zone Live 2019 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. Full price – £359 + VAT.

The agenda includes insight and innovation inspiration from Valpak, Datalase, Braskem, TerraCycle, Webpac, ThePackHub, Mondelez, Mayr-Melnhof Karton, RPC pri, Innovation Ink, Unilever and more.

Current Early Bird Discounts

Innovation Zone Live 2019 – Save £60.
Sustainable Packaging Innovations 2019 – Save £160.

 


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.


#1 Shampoo and conditioner refilling station pilot may be extended to other markets

Global consumer goods big hitters Unilever are testing a refillable system for hair care products in the Philippines. Unilever are focused on improving their sustainability standing.  Read about Unilever’s waste and packaging strategy here. The pilot will help inform the strategic direction for this type of refillable sustainable packaging initiative. The first shampoo and conditioner refilling station has set up shop in Quezon City, Philippines for a two week trial period. ‘All Things Hair Refillery’ will sell hair products at a discount as a way to encourage shoppers to recycle bottles. Money off refills is being used to help understand the pricing ‘sweet spot’ required to encourage refillable pack behaviour. Results of the pilot will help Unilever determine if they can expand the program to other products. See also Refillable pack scheme launched for UK cosmetics brand.

 

More info in The Innovation Zone.


#2 Recycled empty tubes of seal and glue used to make reusable briefcase pack

Den Braven specialise in the production of sealants, adhesives, foams and aerosols for use in the construction industry. They have launched a new reusable pack with a recycling twist. Instead of using post-consumer recycled plastic per se, they are using plastic used from recycled empty tubes specifically of seal and glue. Den Braven worked with DS Smith Plastics to create a universal reusable briefcase consisting of 12 glue tubes together with 12 spouts. DS Smith Plastics succeeded in using empty tubes to produce the briefcase. The initiative not only has a benefit for the environment, it has also apparently had a positive sales boost for Den Braven.

More info in The Innovation Zone.


#3 Recyclable ice cream pack saves 500 tons of plastic annually

Unilever are focused on improving their sustainability positioning introducing many examples to market. The business’s top selling ice cream brand Carte d’Or is switching from a plastic-based to a new carton format. The paper-based new pack is both compostable and recyclable. It has a layer of corn waste derived PLA, which gives it a waterproof barrier in order to meet the functional requirements for ice cream. The pack can either be recycled or industrially composted. The change of 11 million cartons a year will see the pack weight reduce from 47.5 grams to 36.5 grams – a reduction of 23%. The result is a reduction of 520 tons of plastic in one year.

More info in The Innovation Zone.


#4 World’s first biodegradable cigarette pack makes South African introduction

Apparently, the most common form of litter globally is cigarette ends. An estimated 4.5 trillion cigarette butts (80% of cigarette consumption) become litter every year. The cellulose acetate fibres do not readily biodegrade. The life span of a discarded filter is thought to be up to 15 years.  A Cape Town, South Africa start-up is taking a holistic view of the waste that cigarettes cause with the introduction of what is claimed to be the world’s first ever biodegradable tobacco brand. Smokey Treats’ flagship product is the patent-pending Woodland Craft Cigarettes. They have biodegradable filters made from a biodegradable wood-pulp sponge and will naturally dissolve in about three months depending on the conditions. The packaging has not been laminated and is just recycled cardboard printed with a soy-based ink. Smokey Treats is donating 1% of net-profits towards planting trees in underprivileged South African communities.

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.


April 2019

Innovation Zone Snapshot – Coolpack allows drinkers to enjoy ice drink on the go

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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.

We have our latest Early Bird discount for Innovation Zone Live next month. Order by Thursday 18th April to save £100.

Find out about how to subscribe to the database here.

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


Early Bird Discounts for ThePackHub Seminars

Innovation Zone Live 2019 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. Full price – £359 + VAT.

The agenda includes insight and innovation inspiration from Valpak, Datalase, Braskem, TerraCycle, Webpac, ThePackHub, Mondelez, Mayr-Melnhof Karton, RPC pri, Innovation Ink, Unilever and more.

Current Early Bird Discounts

Innovation Zone Live 2019 – Save £100. Ends this Thurs 18th April.
Sustainable Packaging Innovations 2019 – Save £160.

 


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.


#1 Coolpack allows drinkers to enjoy ice drink on the go

Leading German digestif Jägermeister is making it easier for their consumers to drink their ice cold beverage on the go with the introduction of their ‘coolpack’ packaging. The brand has created a new format for the Spanish market. The 350 ml bottle is made of PET and allows drinkers to consumer frozen liquor whilst out and about. The pack is designed to be frozen and is presented with the characteristic green colourways of the Jägermeister brand created in a shape recognisably as a traditional freezer ice pack. The resistant, rigid and reusable PET packaging is perfect for outdoor consumption and the brand is targeting festivals and open-air concerts as potential usage occasions. See also Thermochromic sleeve creates ice effect for spirit brand.

 

More info in The Innovation Zone.


#2 Beer cans collated using 100% biodegradable cardboard as alternative to plastic rings

Estrella Damm is the oldest beer brand is Spain. The brand has announced that it is working to eliminate plastic rings used for their cans. The cans will be grouped with a 100% biodegradable cardboard, made with 100% natural fibres garnered from sustainably managed trees. The initiative is part of its strategic plan to strengthen its commitment to sustainability with several measures to minimize its environmental impact. Damm aims to eliminate 100% of the plastic rings that are used in all its brands in due course that would result in a reduction of more than 260 tons of plastic per annum or equivalent to 89 million plastic rings. See also Plastic-free six-pack rings start beer brand test.

More info in The Innovation Zone.


#3 Ryegrass-based egg box launched with 100% recycled fibre label

UK retailer Waitrose & Partners is making its egg boxes more sustainable with the introduction of a new 100% post-consumer recycled fibre carton label. The initiative helps moves the premium supermarket towards their commitment of making all their own-label packaging recyclable, reusable or home compostable by 2023. The new labels switches from 100% virgin paper for their egg boxes and will save an estimated 30 tonnes of paper each year. The egg boxes use packaging made from ryegrass and recycled paper and were the first in the UK when announced in the Innovation Zone at launch Egg boxes made from ryegrass and recycled paper is a UK first.  The packaging protects the contents like a traditional egg box, but is produced using 60% less water. It releases 10% less CO2 compared to a standard pulp egg box and also saves around 77 tonnes of wood and recycled paper each year. Waitrose Duchy Organic eggs will make the switch first with other egg ranges to follow.

More info in The Innovation Zone.


#4 Spill-proof pack for patient care ready for roll out

Innovation experts The Barton Group have previously developed an easy dispensing SqueezyStraw Dispensing Pouch beverage pack featured in the Innovation Zone. See Single-serve pouch with its own built-in, integral sipping straw. The business has continued to create new functional applications for the pack format. It has announced a new variant SqueezySureSip Dispensing pouch for in-patient beverage applications.  The SqueezySureSip provides virtually spill-proof packaging for patient beverages such as juices and milk as well as food items such as puddings and yogurts. It requires no spoon, cup or straw. The SqueezySureSip built-in dispensing channel is seen as a low-cost alternative to prefilled dispensing pouches. The pouch can be designed to be frozen and can be microwaved and has tamper evident functionality.  The business now has eight U.S. patents available for licensing. It is available in a wide variety of sizes and shapes.

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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