Category: Beer Packaging

April 2019

More Plastic Than Fish – Tesco trials technology that makes all plastic packaging recyclable

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#1 Tesco trials technology that makes all plastic packaging recyclable

Customers will be able to return to trial stores everything from pet food pouches to shopping bags and crisp packets, all of which cannot commonly be recycled by local councils; safe in the knowledge that the packaging will be sent for recycling through Recycling Technologies’ new, state of the art recycling process.

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#2 Coffee cup ban: Boston Tea Party’s sales fall by £250k

Boston Tea Party usually sells £1m in takeaway coffees per year but it is down 25%. Customers must bring a reusable cup, drink in or pay a deposit on a cup they can return to any branch.

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Coca-Cola Company, Diageo, Nestlé and Unilever companies have joined forces to improve the collection and recycling of plastic waste in sub-Saharan Africa with the launch of the Africa Plastics Recycling Alliance.

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#4 War on waste debate tackles fruit and vegetable wrapping benefits over more food waste

With pressure growing on retailers to unwrap the plastics on fresh fruit and vegetables, there is a new debate about what is the greater evil — plastic or food waste?


#5 Ribena bottles to be redesigned in bid to boost recycling rates

Ribena’s plastic outer sleeve will be reduced in size and made more transparent so it will be easier to be detected in sorting machines.

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Sustainable Packaging Innovations from the Innovation Zone


Lip product made entirely from paper and cardboard

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Organic apples and pears packaged in trays made from grass paper

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Recyclable and reusable fruit and veg nets set for nationwide German launch

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Banana leaves used by mainstream Thai retailer to bundle fruit and veg

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ThePackHub is collaborating with PIQET, a global business tool to assess packaging’s environmental impact. PIQET is a streamlined Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) tool designed to assess the environmental impacts and resource consumption profiles of different packaging options. Designed to be intuitive and easy to use, using PIQET, a complete assessment can be undertaken in less than 30 minutes.

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March 2019

More Plastic Than Fish – The World’s Recycling is in Chaos

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#1 The World’s Recycling is in Chaos

Globally, more plastics are now ending up in landfills, incinerators, or likely littering the environment as rising costs to haul away recyclable materials increasingly render the practice unprofitable. In England, more than half a million more tons of plastics and other household garbage were burned last year. Australia’s recycling industry is facing a crisis as the country struggles to handle the 1.3 million-ton stockpile of recyclable waste it had previously shipped to China.

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#2 Australians keen but overconfident about recycling

Household recycling mistakes highlighted by Australian study include:
– 36% incorrectly putting plastic bags and soft plastics in their household recycling bin
– 58% failing to remove leftover food from pizza boxes before recycling
– 73% aren’t flattening egg cartons before putting them in their recycling bin
– 82% incorrectly assuming the mobius loop or chasing arrows logo on plastic packaging means it is recyclable

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1. Biodegradation is a process, not an end result.
2. Disintegration and fragmentation are not biodegradation.

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#4 Walkers crisp packet recycling claims need ‘a pinch of salt’

Claims by the crisp producer Walkers that it has recycled half a million empty crisp packets in three months should be taken with “a pinch of salt” because they represent 0.01% of plastic waste from the number made and sold annually, analysis has found.


#5 Veolia and LEON pilot deposit return scheme to solve on the go recycling

Veolia has teamed up with health concious fast food chain LEON to deploy a reverse vending machine designed to accept plastic bottles and aluminium at King’s Cross in central London.

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Sustainable Packaging Innovations from the Innovation Zone


Collaboration leads to launch of online refillable cleaning products revolution

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Liquid-holding paper bottle launched for body care range

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Australian spring water brand switches to 100% recycled plastic bottles

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Beverage ring carriers get recycling boost in new UK scheme

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More information on these and over 3,000 other packaging innovations at ThePackHub Innovation Zone.


Piqet Life Cycle Analysis

ThePackHub is collaborating with PIQET, a global business tool to assess packaging’s environmental impact. PIQET is a streamlined Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) tool designed to assess the environmental impacts and resource consumption profiles of different packaging options. Designed to be intuitive and easy to use, using PIQET, a complete assessment can be undertaken in less than 30 minutes.

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December 2018

Innovation Zone Snapshot – Personalised packs offer good seasonal gifting option

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#1 Personalised packs offer good seasonal gifting option

ersonalisation has been one of the main beneficiaries of the digital print for packaging revolution with several executions that exploit the technology to deliver unique and meaningful pack executions. Coca Cola got the ball rolling with their multinational Share A Coke campaign that showed what could be done with a well managed campaign. Unilever have also been part of the party with personalised campaigns for Marmite as well as Vaseline – Personalised skin care brand perfect for gifting. The multinational consumer goods company has again worked with UK leading personalised gifting and fulfilment company Intervino with an introduction of personalised Dove Body Cream for the Christmas gifting season. See also Bath time gift set gets the personalised pack treatment. Shoppers can go online and choose a name to go on 75ml jars.

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#2 Detachable panels deliver fully recyclable pouch

Mondi and manufacturer of cleaning, care and conservation products Werner & Mertz have combined to develop a new pouch format to improve recyclability. The 100% recyclable pouch will be used for Werner & Mertz’s environmentally friendly cleaning brand Frosch and has detachable panels to make the separation of materials much easier. The PE mono-material pouch has come to fruition in a collaboration that also includes EPEA, Der Grüne Punkt and Institut cyclos-HTP. Its spout and cap are also made of PE. As well as improved recycling capability, the concept offers clear benefits related to sealing strength.  The pouch has two layers. The outer layer is printed with branding elements. When the pouch is empty, it is


#3 Microwavable crisps taste like they’ve just been handcooked

A new pack format has been developed that helps to recreate the fresh taste of newly handcooked crisps in a move that could shake up the at-home snacking market. The Heat & Eat brand from Fairfields Farm promises to deliver the experience of delicious hot crisps straight from the microwave in just 30 seconds to taste like handcooked crisps that have just come from the fryer. Each bag contains 125g of hand-cooked crisps and a 50g dip. Heat & Eat is packed in a special, microwavable bag. Consumers just need to tear the bag along the zip, remove the dip and put in the microwave. Heat & Eat is available in two flavours; Sea Salted with Tomato Salsa Dip and Cheese & Chive with Caramelised Onion Dip.

 

 

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#4 Unit-dose pack has push-through ease

Manufacturer of flexible packaging headquartered in Vienna, Austria, Constantia Flexibles has created a new blister pack innovation via their Product Excellence Centre in Spain. They have developed a new solution that makes unit-dose packaging more user-friendly. The innovative strip pack concept has been designed for oral dosage pharmaceutical pills and tablets. The Flexible Blister solution is claimed to combine portability and ease of use with excellent barrier functionality. The aim was to make a strip pack with a PET-based laminate with push-through ease. It has none of the sharp edges of a traditional blister. The developers were able to add micro-perforations to the PET laminate layer whilst keeping the aluminium barrier layer intact. The force needed to push the tablet through can be modified to achieve childproof and/or easy-to-open features.

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December 2018

Innovation Zone Snapshot – Reusable cup made from recycled cups has contactless payment capability

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ThePackHub collates 20 new packaging innovations each week and we have picked four recent examples for you to peruse below.

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Earlier this year, ThePackHub Sustainable Compendium was launched. The essential guide to sustainable packaging included a comprehensive summary of over 450 important sustainable innovations, exclusive industry research, supplier guide detailing the packaging industry’s major contacts and a Who’s Who of the sustainable packaging companies.

The last of the stock of the compendium is now available at 50% discount for the price of just £449 +VAT

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#1 Wearable device allows visually-impaired to read packaging text

Technology and sustainability combine to great effect to deliver a reusable cup for the ubiquitous Costa coffee chain. The Clever Cup solution has come to market thanks to cup material recycling from Burneside, Cumbria paper business James Cropper. The reusable coffee cup is the first to offer contactless payment, which will speed up transaction times as well as further encourage the use of reusable cups. James Cropper’s CupCycling facility is the world’s first ever facility dedicated to transforming cups into luxury papers and sustainable packaging. Each cup is protected in cardboard that contains waste fibre from one takeaway coffee cup. See also Coffee cup upcycling is a world first as well as Reusable coffee cup is powered by NFC capability.

 

 

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#2 Plastic-free six-pack rings start beer brand test

Beer brand Corona will become the first global player to trial six-pack rings that are 100% plastic-free. Standard plastic six-pack rings are made from a photodegradable form of PE that, if not recycled can enter our oceans and result in smaller pieces of microplastics causing damage to marine life. The new six-pack rings will be first tested in the Mexico market, with another pilot taking place in the UK. Corona’s dominant pack format is glass bottles but the inclusion of the plastic-free six-pack rings will be a welcome addition where used. The plastic-free rings are made from plant-based fibres with a mix of by-product waste. If left in the environment, they will break down into organic matter. It is not clear if this is the same initiative as Edible six-pack rings help to save sea life.See also Plastic rings to be replaced by glue system for global beer brand.
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#3 Honeycomb structure creates plastic-free protection of beverage bottles

A new paper-based packaging solution to prevent glass bottle transit damage is set to challenge convention in the UK drinks industry. The growing e-commerce sector has seen the popularity of beverage bottles being sent by post. The patent pending Flexi-Hex packaging system is a 100% paper-based structure constructed with water based glues. The biodegradable Flexi-Hex system has a distinctive cardboard honeycomb format to deliver inherent pack strength and flexibility. The Honeycomb mesh provides impact resistance with the open cell layers helping to provide a cushioning to the contents that moulds around objects to dissipate impact force. Glass bottles are particularly prone to damage in transit. Cornish artisan gin company Tinkture are one of the first brands to use the packaging. Their premium Rose Gin bottle now arrive undamaged as well as wrapped in an original and distinctive packaging format.

 

 

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#4 All materials from beverage cartons to be fully recycled into something new with partnership

Tetra Pak is embarking on a potentially game-changing recycling initiative that will result in the recycling value of their used cartons expected to double. This is turn will make the value chain for collection and recycling much more viable. The multinational food packaging company is partnering with recycling specialists Veolia to ensure that all materials from beverage cartons can be fully recycled into something new and useful and have end-use recycling value. The paperboard component of conventional Tetra Paks can be recycled. However, Veolia’s systems will also enable the plastic and aluminium mix of the packaging to be converted for industrial applications. The average Tetra Pak carton is around 75% paper-based, 20% plastic and 5% aluminium. The supplier will now be able to ensure that all materials are convertible to industrial applications such as crates and plastic pallets. The objective is to enable all components of used beverage cartons collected within the EU to be recycled by 2025.

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September 2018

Innovation Zone Snapshot – Plastic rings to be replaced by glue system for global beer brand

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#1 Plastic rings to be replaced by glue system for global beer brand

Plastic packaging as a threat to our environment continues to get a lot of attention. The six pack rings for beverages in most common use today evolved from an original design by ITW Hi-Cone introduced in St. Louis, Missouri in 1960. The format has been used extensively since then to collate beer cans. Being made from PE, the rings do not breakdown and decompose and the shape can be dangerous to animals and sea life who can get caught in the rings. Copenhagen, Denmark headquartered Carlsberg is to get rid of plastic rings on their famous beer cans and replace them with glue system. It can hold cans together in a multipack form with small pieces of a specially developed glue, which are snapped apart when needed. The Snap Pack is set to reduce plastic waste globally by more than 1,200 tonnes a year by reducing the amount of plastic used in their traditional multi-packs by up to 76%. The move took three years of research and development to get right. See also Edible six-pack rings help to save sea life.

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#2 Yoghurt brand lets gravity do the hard work

Sometimes an innovation comes along and you think – why hasn’t that been done before? The food industry has seen a host of products move to squeezy bottle formats with the dispenser at the bottom to let gravity do the hard work. Heinz Tomato Ketchup arguably helped to popularise this. So why not yoghurt? Perhaps most people consume the contents in the packaging rather than dispense but you have to hand it to Australia’s Brownes Dairy’s new yoghurt now available in a 675ml squeezy bottle. Brownes Dairy has literally turned yoghurt on its head. Top Down Yoghurt is easy and quick to use and has been designed and manufactured by Richmond, Victoria based provider of specialty packaging solutions Pact Group. Brownes Dairy’s Top Down Yoghurt launches at supermarkets and convenience stores in three flavours.

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#3 A new way to dispense toothpaste reduces plastic use

 

There are many ways to reduce the amount of packaging used. A Los Angeles, California based toothpaste brand has turned things very much on their head by inventing a new pack format for the category with a solution that significantly reduces the amount of packaging used. A completely new plastic free way of providing toothpaste has been created by Bite Toothpaste Bits, which is positioned as an easier and mess-free alternative to traditional oral care pastes.The hand-pressed toothpaste portions are made using organic plant-based ingredients that are apparently up to the job of cleaning and protecting teeth. The solution claims to be 100% biodegradable. Consumers simple need to pop a single ‘Bite Bit’ in their mouth and bite. They need to wet their toothbrush and start brushing as normal. The bit will foam up just like conventional toothpaste formats. The packaging-free Bite Bits come in a medicinal-like glass jar.

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#4 Heavier PET bottle launched to better mimic glass

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PET has seen significant growth as a packaging material over recent times. According to Euromonitor International, PET bottle production was globally around 430,000 million units in 2016 and is expected to rise by nearly 100,000 million units by 2021. Leading US manufacturer of plastic containers and closures, Chesterfield, Missouri based Pretium Packaging is launching a new 12oz PET bottle designed to mimic the look and feel of glass. The new sauce bottle provides an alternative for brands previously unwilling to convert to PET. The bottle can also be made with up to 50% recycled PET.  This is an interesting reversal of packaging trends in recent times with one of the major factor that sees PET replacing glass due to its lighter construction. This may put off brand owners that marketing premium products that effectively use pack weight as a proxy for quality. Pretium’s 40-gram preform is around 50% heavier than those typically used for 12-ounce PET sauce bottles.

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September 2018

Innovation Zone Snapshot – Edible drink packaging could be new way to consume whilst doing sports

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ThePackHub collates 20 new packaging innovations each week and we have picked four recent examples for you to peruse below.

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ThePackHub’s Sustainable Packaging Compendium is out now. Find out more and order here. If you would like to download a free sample report, please let us know.


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#1 Edible drink packaging could be new way to consume whilst doing sports

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Edible packaging has been on the edges of the sustainable packaging spectrum for some time now. It has garnered increased interest of late with several introductions coming to our attention. Ooho was first on our radar in 2015 – Edible packaging ‘blob’ concept eliminates plastic bottle and got increased traction when it was awarded one of 11 sustainable initiatives given development funding as part of The New Plastics Economy programme led by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation – Membrane encapsulates liquids for packaging free sachet. The initiative has made further progress with a Lucozade Sport trial that will see edible drinks sachets being used to reduce single-use plastic at sports events.

Lucozade Ribena Suntory is undergoing the trial of the seaweed based ‘blobs’ at two running events to gauge the consumer feedback for plastic-free edible alternatives to single-use bottles and pouches. The Skipping Rocks Lab Ooho sachets can be eaten, composted or thrown away in normal household bins. Once discarded, they take up to six weeks to decompose. Lucozade Ribena Suntory has a 2025 target of making 100% of its packaging reusable, recyclable or compostable as part of its participation in the UK Plastic Pact.

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#2 Dripping system transforms mozzarella pack ease of use

Packaging solutions that genuinely solve a problem and make life easier for consumers will always be well received. This solution from Italy based Smilesys does just that with a new pack that helps to separate mozzarella from the product’s preserving liquid. Usually it can be a tricky task to get the contents out without spilling fluid everywhere. Smilesys’ new ‘Drop ‘n’ Taste’ pack replaces the plastic lid and replaces it with a special laminated PET and PP top film that guarantees easy opening and pouring of the product’s liquid. The pack also has resealing capability to help keep the residual product fresh and hygienic without the need for plastic over-wrapping or decanting to another container. The top film has been specially punched and labelled to create a practical dripping system that allows the user to eliminate excess liquid without splashes or spills. It then allows easy access to the product. The Drop ‘n’ Taste pack also sees a reduction in the amount of plastic used with a reduction in the final volume of the pack.

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#3 Clear food-grade plastic dissolves in hot water

 

UK based Aquapak Polymers have started a global trial of a new functional packaging solution that promises to safely dissolve post-use. Hydropol is a clear and flexible food-grade plastic that dissolves in hot water. It is currently being used in Australia’s hospital sector for laundry bags to help keep hospital staff safe from infection. Hydropol biodegrades to a benign biomass combination. Hydropol is a flexible polymer based on polyvinyl alcohol (PVOH), which is stronger than bioplastics and many conventional plastics. The soluble plastic is undergoing trials with partners in Australia, Malaysia and the UK. Aquapak’s UK facility has the capacity for five production lines to each produce up to 6,000 metric tonnes of pellets per year. Hydropol has successfully passed trials as a standalone packaging film and is compatible with standard plastics manufacturing equipment. Marine safety is also being researched by third parties to ensure sustainability claims can be properly substantiated.  It has high gas and moisture barrier properties and with modifications can even provide a complete water barrier.

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#4 Brazilian beer brand uses braille to engage with more consumers

Braille used by people who are visually impaired as a tactile writing system has been around since its invention nearly 200 years ago. Opportunities to combine with packaging has been limited to mainly essential legal requirements for medical and pharmaceutical applications. A couple of recent initiatives would appear to indicate that things might be changing. We reported on Braille notes make snack brands more accessible recently a sticker initiative for Kellogg’s Rice Krispies Treats snack brand. This time we see AB InBev owned Brazilian beer company The Colorado Brewery start a line of special drinks that celebrates the six Brazilian biomes. The self-adhesive labels have a Braille inscription. The Prakolar Sato produced labels aim to move towards reaching and communicating to more audiences for the brand. This is a permanent all Colorado beer labels will be braille inscribed. New line of Colorado beers has labels in Braille.

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May 2018

More Plastic Than Fish – Sustainable Packaging News – reverse vending, new labelling system and more

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Welcome to the More Plastic Than Fish sustainable packaging update from ThePackHub.

As part of the New Plastics Economy report published last year, The Ellen MacArthur Foundation and the World Economic Forum warned that there will be More Plastic Than Fish in the sea by 2050, unless industry cleans up its act. Keep you up to date on the latest sustainable packaging news. We hope you enjoy.

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More Plastic Than Fish – Sustainable Packaging Workshops

ThePackHub has teamed up with Innovation Ink to offer a series of workshops to seek solutions to your big packaging challenges. The first in this series explores options to reduce the use of plastic.

Our one day in-house workshop session, moderated by Innovation Ink, will bring together selected industry experts, ThePackHub team and your key internal stakeholders to develop a range of potential solutions to meet the challenge of plastic packaging.

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#1 New labelling helps UK shoppers avoid plastic packaging

 

A new plastic-free “trust mark” is being introduced, allowing shoppers to see at a glance whether products use plastic in their packaging.

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#2 L’ Occitane & TerraCycle Recycle Your Cosmetic Packaging For You So You Don’t Have To

 

 

Trenton, New Jersey headquartered TerraCycle takes non-recyclable pre-and post-consumer waste and turns it into raw materials to make new products. The enterprise has teamed up with luxury personal care brand L’ Occitane en Provence to give their consumers a free and easy way to recycle packaging

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#3 South Korea supermarkets look to ditch plastic packaging

 

South Korea’s major supermarkets will phase out the use of disposable plastic bags and excessive packaging in a bid to conserve resources and promote an environment-friendly consumer culture.

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#4 Co-op to trial reverse vending for plastic bottles at UK festivals

 

Co-op will become the first retailer in the UK to use reverse vending machines as part of a deposit return scheme from plastic containers, with trials set to take place at pop-up stores across UK festivals this summer.

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#5 Why going plastic-free could have environmental side effects – and 4 ways we can prevent this

As ever, much of the messaging around this complex issue has ignored nuance and we have been left with the message that plastic is bad – and any other material must therefore be better.

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Museum of Brands Packaging Innovation Series: Sustainable Packaging

ThePackHub has worked with Museum of Brands in London exploring the latest on innovation in Sustainable Packaging. The display presents a selection of recent initiatives designed by brands to help reduce packaging’s burden on the environment. Open now for a limited period. Find out more here. 


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Sustainable Packaging Innovations from the Innovation Zone


#2452 Surplus poultry feathers used as packaging material

Supplier: Aeropowder
Country:
UK
Innovation Type:
Bio-insulation

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#2451 Packaging sourced from kombucha plant is edible

Supplier: Scoby
Country: Poland
Innovation Type: Edible

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#2446 Paper-based insulator delivers alternative to EPS foam insulating materials

Supplier: Temperpack
Country: USA
Innovation Type: Recyclable

More info: Innovation Zone

 


#2443 Milk capsules dissolves in hot liquids

Supplier: MLU
Country: Germany
Innovation Type: Soluble

More info: Innovation Zone

 

More info on these and nearly 2,500 other packaging innovations at ThePackHub Innovation Zone.


 

Order now – Sustainable Packaging Compendium 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Order your essential guide to all things sustainable packaging here.


ThePackHub is collaborating with PIQET, a global business tool to assess packaging’s environmental impact. PIQET is a streamlined Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) tool designed to assess the environmental impacts and resource consumption profiles of different packaging options. Designed to be intuitive and easy to use, using PIQET, a complete assessment can be undertaken in less than 30 minutes.

Contact us to find out more.


Please visit ThePackHub website 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. We hope you have enjoyed this sustainable packaging update.


May 2018

More Plastic Than Fish – Sustainable Packaging News – deposit scheme survey, plastics marine litter and more

Read more ›

Welcome to the More Plastic Than Fish sustainable packaging update from ThePackHub.

As part of the New Plastics Economy report published last year, The Ellen MacArthur Foundation and the World Economic Forum warned that there will be More Plastic Than Fish in the sea by 2050, unless industry cleans up its act. The packaging industry plays a major role and it’s time for more action.

ThePackHub’s Sustainable Packaging Compendium 2018 is out now.

This blog is intended to keep you up to date on the latest sustainable packaging news. We hope you enjoy.


Stay up to date with the latest sustainable packaging news by subscribing to our More Plastic Than Fish blog.

They can click here to subscribe.

 

 


More Plastic Than Fish  – Join the Conversation

 

 

More Plastic Than Fish – a Facebook Group to discuss all things related to packaging sustainability across all materials.

Let’s hear your thoughts on the circular economy, recycling, compostable packaging, bio-material development, government and local authority policy making and discussions on what needs to change to make a difference.

You can join the group here.


More Plastic Than Fish – Sustainable Packaging Workshops

ThePackHub has teamed up with Innovation Ink to offer a series of workshops to seek solutions to your big packaging challenges. The first in this series explores options to reduce the use of plastic.

Our one day in-house workshop session, moderated by Innovation Ink, will bring together selected industry experts, ThePackHub team and your key internal stakeholders to develop a range of potential solutions to meet the challenge of plastic packaging.

If you would like to find out more, book a workshop session, or talk about how the workshops can be applied to another of your packaging challenges email us now or call Paul Jenkins on +44(0)7906 624494.


#1 Innocent unveils bottle with 15% recyclable bio-plastic

 

Innocent has announced the introduction of a more sustainable bottle made from a combination of recycled material and sugar cane byproduct.

Read more here


#2 Survey: 74% of UK public  support bottle and can return deposit scheme

 

 

A new plastics and recycling survey by polling company D-CYFOR reveals that the majority (74%) of the UK general public say they support the bottle and can return deposit scheme proposed by the government.

Read more here.


#3 Federal Government pledges to make packaging ‘reusable, combustible, or recyclable’ by 2025

 

The Federal Government has struck a deal with states and territories to address Australia’s mounting waste burden.

Read more here.


#4 Do consumers notice on-pack sustainable messaging? No, says new report.

 

Consumers may say that sustainability influences their purchases but most don’t notice sustainability branding on packaging, according to a new study.

Read more here.


#5 Resolving plastics marine litter issue is DAUNTING

Oceans of trash pose a complex challenge that could be too onerous to resolve given modest plastics packaging recycling, the economic advantages of using virgin material, and the sheer volume of containers floating around the globe.

Read more here.

 


Museum of Brands Packaging Innovation Series: Sustainable Packaging

ThePackHub has worked with Museum of Brands in London exploring the latest on innovation in Sustainable Packaging. The display presents a selection of recent initiatives designed by brands to help reduce packaging’s burden on the environment. Open now for a limited period. Find out more here. 


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Sustainable Packaging Innovations from the Innovation Zone


Swedish chicken pack made using bioplastic

Brand: Atria
Country:
Sweden
Innovation Type:
Bio-packaging

More info: Innovation Zone


 


Paper straw switch for carton packs reduces plastic dependence

Supplier: Tetra Pak
Country: Europe
Innovation Type: Material Substitution

More info: Innovation Zone

 


New polymer development can be recycled over and over

Country: USA
Innovation Type: Recyclable

More info: Innovation Zone

 


Manufacturing scrap replaces virgin material for washing powder brand

Brand: Interspar
Country: Austria
Innovation Type: Reusable

More info: Innovation Zone

 

More info on these and over 2,400 other packaging innovations at ThePackHub Innovation Zone.


 

Order now – Sustainable Packaging Compendium 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Order your essential guide to all things sustainable packaging here.


ThePackHub is collaborating with PIQET, a global business tool to assess packaging’s environmental impact. PIQET is a streamlined Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) tool designed to assess the environmental impacts and resource consumption profiles of different packaging options. Designed to be intuitive and easy to use, using PIQET, a complete assessment can be undertaken in less than 30 minutes.

Contact us to find out more.


Please visit ThePackHub website 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. We hope you have enjoyed this sustainable packaging update.


April 2018

More Plastic Than Fish – Sustainable Packaging News – plastic pledge, coffee cup ban and more

Read more ›

Welcome to the More Plastic Than Fish sustainable packaging update from ThePackHub.

As part of the New Plastics Economy report published last year, The Ellen MacArthur Foundation and the World Economic Forum warned that there will be More Plastic Than Fish in the sea by 2050, unless industry cleans up its act. The packaging industry plays a major role and it’s time for more action.

ThePackHub’s Sustainable Packaging Compendium 2018 is out now.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This blog is intended to keep you up to date on the latest sustainable packaging news. We hope you enjoy.


Stay up to date with the latest sustainable packaging news by subscribing to our More Plastic Than Fish blog.

They can click here to subscribe.

 

 


More Plastic Than Fish  – Join the Conversation

 

 

More Plastic Than Fish – a Facebook Group to discuss all things related to packaging sustainability across all materials.

Let’s hear your thoughts on the circular economy, recycling, compostable packaging, bio-material development, government and local authority policy making and discussions on what needs to change to make a difference.

You can join the group here.


More Plastic Than Fish – Sustainable Packaging Workshops

ThePackHub has teamed up with Innovation Ink to offer a series of workshops to seek solutions to your big packaging challenges. The first in this series explores options to reduce the use of plastic.

Our one day in-house workshop session, moderated by Innovation Ink, will bring together selected industry experts, ThePackHub team and your key internal stakeholders to develop a range of potential solutions to meet the challenge of plastic packaging.

If you would like to find out more, book a workshop session, or talk about how the workshops can be applied to another of your packaging challenges email us now or call Paul Jenkins on +44(0)7906 624494.


#1 Companies sign up to pledge to cut plastic pollution

 

 

More than 40 companies have signed up to a pact to cut plastic pollution over the next seven years. The firms include Coca-Cola and Asda and have promised to honour a number of pledges such as eliminating single-use packaging through better design.

Read more here.


#2 Nestle vows to convert to environmentally friendly packaging by 2025

 

 

Nestle announced plans to make 100% of its packaging recyclable or reuseable by 2025, with a vision that none of the food giant’s packaging — including plastics — ends up in landfills or as litter.

Read more here.


#3 Boston Tea Party becomes first coffee chain to ban all disposable cups

 

Boston Tea Party will become the first coffee chain to implement an outright ban on disposable, paper-based coffee cups, with consumers having to purchase or loan reusable cups from 1 June 2018.

Read more here.


#4 Why is there plastic on cucumbers?

 

Some thoughts on the pros and cons on wrapping cucumbers in plastic.

Read more here.


#5 How plastic-eating bacteria actually work

Scientists recently discovered a strain of bacteria that can literally eat the plastic used to make bottles, and have now improved it to make it work faster. The effects are modest – it’s not a complete solution to plastic pollution – but it does show how bacteria could help create more environmentally friendly recycling.

Read more here.

 


Museum of Brands Packaging Innovation Series: Sustainable Packaging

ThePackHub has worked with Museum of Brands in London exploring the latest on innovation in Sustainable Packaging. The display presents a selection of recent initiatives designed by brands to help reduce packaging’s burden on the environment. Open now for a limited period. Find out more here. 


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Sustainable Packaging Innovations from the Innovation Zone


Eat everything on your plate – edible burger wrappers may become permanent menu fixture

Supplier: Innocent Packaging
Brand: 
Better Burger
Country:
New Zealand
Innovation Type:
Edible

More info: Innovation Zone

 


Paper made from grass to be used in food industry

Supplier: Constantia Flexibles
Country: Europe
Innovation Type: Bio-packaging

More info: Innovation Zone

 


Device gets rid of plastic stirrers with spinning solution

Supplier: Amron Experimental
Country: USA
Innovation Type: Material Reduction

More info: Innovation Zone

 


Reusable net as alternative to single-use fruit and veg gab introduced

Brand: Interspar
Country: Austria
Innovation Type: Reusable

More info: Innovation Zone

 

More info on these and over 2,400 other packaging innovations at ThePackHub Innovation Zone.


 

Order now – Sustainable Packaging Compendium 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Order your essential guide to all things sustainable packaging here.


ThePackHub is collaborating with PIQET, a global business tool to assess packaging’s environmental impact. PIQET is a streamlined Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) tool designed to assess the environmental impacts and resource consumption profiles of different packaging options. Designed to be intuitive and easy to use, using PIQET, a complete assessment can be undertaken in less than 30 minutes.

Contact us to find out more.


Please visit ThePackHub website 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. We hope you have enjoyed this sustainable packaging update.


April 2018

More Plastic Than Fish – Sustainable Packaging News – flax fibre bottle, free travel recycling scheme and more

Read more ›

Welcome to the More Plastic Than Fish sustainable packaging update from ThePackHub.

As part of the New Plastics Economy report published last year, The Ellen MacArthur Foundation and the World Economic Forum warned that there will be More Plastic Than Fish in the sea by 2050, unless industry cleans up its act. The packaging industry plays a major role and it’s time for more action.

ThePackHub’s Sustainable Packaging Compendium 2018 is out now.

Save £100. Early Bird delegate rate ends today for ThePackHub’s next packaging innovation seminar – Innovation Zone Live.

This blog is intended to keep you up to date on the latest sustainable packaging news. We hope you enjoy.


Stay up to date with the latest sustainable packaging news by subscribing to our More Plastic Than Fish blog.

They can click here to subscribe.

 

 


More Plastic Than Fish  – Join the Conversation

 

 

More Plastic Than Fish – a Facebook Group to discuss all things related to packaging sustainability across all materials.

Let’s hear your thoughts on the circular economy, recycling, compostable packaging, bio-material development, government and local authority policy making and discussions on what needs to change to make a difference.

You can join the group here.


More Plastic Than Fish – Sustainable Packaging Workshops

ThePackHub has teamed up with Innovation Ink to offer a series of workshops to seek solutions to your big packaging challenges. The first in this series explores options to reduce the use of plastic.

Our one day in-house workshop session, moderated by Innovation Ink, will bring together selected industry experts, ThePackHub team and your key internal stakeholders to develop a range of potential solutions to meet the challenge of plastic packaging.

If you would like to find out more, book a workshop session, or talk about how the workshops can be applied to another of your packaging challenges email us now or call Paul Jenkins on +44(0)7906 624494.


#1 Scientists hope new enzyme will ‘eat’ plastic pollution

 

 

Scientists have accidentally developed a plastic-eating enzyme that may be used to combat one of the world’s worst pollution problems.

Read more here.


#2 P&G wants 100 % recyclable packaging by 2030

 

 

Procter & Gamble has announced new sustainability targets for 2030, as it has already – for the largest part – reached its 2020 targets. One of its goals is to make sure that all packaging is recyclable or reusable.

Read more here.


#3 Pret launches reusable bottle range to slash consumer plastics waste

 

Pret A Manger has unveiled a new range of reusable bottles to help reduce the amount of plastic used by customers.

Read more here.


#4 Plastic straws, stirrers and cotton buds may be banned – so what should you use instead?

 

The UK Government is set to ban plastic straws, stirrers and cotton buds as early as next year in a bid to help save the environment, which is currently under threat from plastic pollution.

Read more here.


#5 Flexible Packaging Association Releases New Report on Sustainable Packaging

The Flexible Packaging Association (FPA) has released a new report on sustainable packaging called “A Holistic View of the Role of Flexible Packaging in a Sustainable World.” The report focuses on the segments of the industry that adds significant value to flexible materials.

Read more here.

 


Museum of Brands Packaging Innovation Series: Sustainable Packaging

ThePackHub has worked with Museum of Brands in London exploring the latest on innovation in Sustainable Packaging. The display presents a selection of recent initiatives designed by brands to help reduce packaging’s burden on the environment. Open now for a limited period. Find out more here. 


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Sustainable Packaging Innovations from the Innovation Zone


Bio-based solution for Brazilian bread brand

Supplier: Braskem
Brand: 
Nutrella, Grupo Bimbo
Country:
Brazil
Innovation Type:
Bio-packaging

More info: Innovation Zone

 


Bio-based PET bottle aims to be cost competitive with oil-based plastics

Supplier: Anellotech
Country: Japan
Innovation Type: Bio-packaging

More info: Innovation Zone

 


Flax fibre bottle challenges glass traditions

Supplier: Green Gen Technologies
Country: France
Innovation Type: Bio-packaging

More info: Innovation Zone

 


Recycling scheme rewards users with free travel

Supplier: Biobox
Country: Mexico
Innovation Type: Recyclable

More info: Innovation Zone

 

More info on these and 2,400 other packaging innovations at ThePackHub Innovation Zone.


 

Order now – Sustainable Packaging Compendium 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Order your essential guide to all things sustainable packaging here.


ThePackHub is collaborating with PIQET, a global business tool to assess packaging’s environmental impact. PIQET is a streamlined Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) tool designed to assess the environmental impacts and resource consumption profiles of different packaging options. Designed to be intuitive and easy to use, using PIQET, a complete assessment can be undertaken in less than 30 minutes.

Contact us to find out more.


Please visit ThePackHub website 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. We hope you have enjoyed this sustainable packaging update.


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