Category: Beverage Packaging

June 2021

Innovation Zone Snapshot – Bioplastic made from popcorn waste viable alternative to polystyrene

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Innovation Zone ThePackHub - thepackhub.com

 

Welcome to this week’s Innovation Zone snapshot from ThePackHub.

ThePackHub collates up to 20 new packaging innovations every week for our Innovation Zone database.

We have selected four new initiatives for you today.

More information on our Innovation Zone packaging database – https://www.thepackhub.com/the-innovation-zone/

New – Watch our last webinar in full

You can watch our latest webinar online.

Catch up on the latest recyclable packaging innovation trends with this whistle-stop tour of the latest initiatives. We cover many recent in-market and developmental examples to inspire you and keep you bang up to speed. We were joined by Vincent Mooij of SUEZ.circpack® who discusses how their extensive solutions can help you understand the recycling process, and design the best circular packaging for your brand. Hosted by Paul Jenkins, Managing Director and Barrington Pamplin, Technical Director of ThePackHub

You can watch it here.

For any additional information about SUEZ.circpack® :

Vincent Mooij
Email: vincent.mooij@suez.com
Telephone: +31 6 20493022

Download Design 4 Recycling Guidelines here.

Any questions about the innovations discussed or the Innovation Zone, please contact paul.jenkins@thepackhub.com.


 

ThePackHub collates up to 20 new packaging innovations every week for our Innovation Zone database. We have selected four new initiatives for you today.

More information on our Innovation Zone packaging database – https://www.thepackhub.com/the-innovation-zone/

Available Now – as two printed volumes and as a download

Find out about ThePackHub’s nine new global packaging trends

– More than 550 market initiatives with visuals, analysis and comment across nine new 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

Global Packaging Trends Compendium 2021 comprises 671 pages over two volumes and is just £900.

Find out more and order


 

This Week – book on our next webinar

Thursday 10th June – 3 pm BST

Join us for ThePackHub’s free packaging webinar as we explore the world of packaging innovation trends with a whistle-stop tour of the latest innovations.

Presentations on the latest packaging innovations from ThePackHub and Simon Lewis, Vice President Marketing at Highcon.

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

Thursday 10th June – 3 pm BST

Find out more and book.


 

You can join more than 9,000 others and stay up to speed on the latest packaging news from ThePackHub by following us on LinkedIn – www.linkedin.com/company/thepackhub

 


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#1 Bioplastic made from popcorn waste viable alternative to polystyrene

 

A German university has developed a bioplastic with many of the attributes of polystyrene (PS), but made from popcorn waste. The researchers at the University of Göttingen were so pleased with the resulting material that they have subsequently patented the process. They have also entered into an exclusivity agreement with German cereal manufacturer Nordgetreide, for them to manufacture and sell products made from the new material. The material is comprised of cooked and popped corn, processing waste from cereal production. The waste is then processed so that it has a granular appearance. Then using similar technologies to those used for processing polystyrene and other plastics, it becomes malleable and can be formed into suitable shapes. The resulting product is water-resistant and can be used several times. Being completely natural, once it reaches the end of its useful life it will biodegrade completely without leaving residues.


#2 Burger brand switches from box packaging to grass paper wrapper

McDonald’s Germany have moved their premium burger, the Deutschland out of its current box format and into a grass paper wrapper. It is reported that the use of grass fibres saves large amounts of energy, water and CO2 emissions. The new paper wrapper is comprised of 20% grass, is FSC-licensed and derived from existing grass areas, so does not compete for space with other crops. The grass also does not travel far to be processed. By moving from a board carton to a paper wrapper, McDonald’s have reduced the packaging weight by an estimated 70%. The move is part of McDonald’s ambitions to reduce plastic and packaging waste. Their goal is that by 2025 all packaging should be made up of either 100% renewable or recycled materials. The McDonald’s wraps already in a paper wrapper will also move to the new grass paper format.

More info in The Innovation Zone.


#3 New dispensing pump made from recyclable polyethylene

Aptar are a global supplier of innovative drug delivery, consumer product dispensing and material science solutions. The Illinois-headquartered solutions provider has launched a fully recyclable dispensing pump made using polyethylene (PE). The ‘Future’ solution from Aptar used the mono-material PE to make recycling easier, as traditional pumps usually contain many different materials that are difficult to separate when recycling. The pump features a 360-degree actuator, with a locking system for turning the pump on/off. The solution was not discovered overnight, it is the result of over two years of research and testing, and is certified by cyclos-HTP and RecyClass

 

More info in The Innovation Zone.


#4 Bottles made from citrus fruit waste in development

Citruspack was a three-year project that set out to develop packaging bioproducts manufactured from citrus fruit waste. They succeeded to develop three product prototypes, a juice bottle (bio-bottle), a cosmetic jar (bio-jar), and a moisturising facial cream. Co-ordinated by Zaragoza-based AITIIP Technology Centre, a number of other research organisations were involved, from five countries (Spain, Greece, Slovenia, France and Belgium). The initial stage was to extract natural compounds from waste such as fibres or essential oils. The compounds obtained were then developed further either into packaging bioplastics or cosmetic products such as moisturisers, scrubs and facial masks. The extrusion-blown bioplastic juice bottles that were developed conformed to EN 13432, the standard by which products can be said to be industrially compostable. The project was funded by the European Commission’s LIFE Programme.

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More info in The Innovation Zone.


Watch our latest ThePackhub Expert Interview

Vincent Mooij of SUEZ.circpack® discusses the challenges in delivering recyclable packaging. We chat about some of the solutions available to help understand the recycling process and design the best circular packaging for a brand.


Packaging question of the week

Do you use in-store recycling schemes? Vote and comment now. 

Last week, 76% have reusable and/or refillable packaging in their kitchen cupboards.


Please visit ThePackHub or call us on +44(0)118 963 9990 to find out more about the range of packaging innovation services we offer. We’ve delivered projects for a number of brand owner, retailer and packaging suppliers.

Until next time. Happy innovating.


June 2021

Innovation Zone Snapshot – Paper-based sachets are 100% recyclable

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Innovation Zone ThePackHub - thepackhub.com

 

Welcome to this week’s Innovation Zone snapshot from ThePackHub.

ThePackHub collates up to 20 new packaging innovations every week for our Innovation Zone database.

We have selected four new initiatives for you today.

More information on our Innovation Zone packaging database – https://www.thepackhub.com/the-innovation-zone/

New – Watch our last webinar in full

You can watch our latest webinar online.

Catch up on the latest recyclable packaging innovation trends with this whistle-stop tour of the latest initiatives. We cover many recent in-market and developmental examples to inspire you and keep you bang up to speed. We were joined by Vincent Mooij of SUEZ.circpack® who discusses how their extensive solutions can help you understand the recycling process, and design the best circular packaging for your brand. Hosted by Paul Jenkins, Managing Director and Barrington Pamplin, Technical Director of ThePackHub

You can watch it here.

For any additional information about SUEZ.circpack® :

Vincent Mooij
Email: vincent.mooij@suez.com
Telephone: +31 6 20493022

Download Design 4 Recycling Guidelines here.

Any questions about the innovations discussed or the Innovation Zone, please contact paul.jenkins@thepackhub.com.


 

ThePackHub collates up to 20 new packaging innovations every week for our Innovation Zone database. We have selected four new initiatives for you today.

More information on our Innovation Zone packaging database – https://www.thepackhub.com/the-innovation-zone/

Available Now – as two printed volumes and as a download

Find out about ThePackHub’s nine new global packaging trends

– More than 550 market initiatives with visuals, analysis and comment across nine new 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

Global Packaging Trends Compendium 2021 comprises 671 pages over two volumes and is just £900.

Find out more and order


 

Book on our next webinar

Thursday 10th June – 3 pm BST

Join us for ThePackHub’s free packaging webinar as we explore the world of packaging innovation trends with a whistle-stop tour of the latest innovations.

Presentations on the latest packaging innovations from ThePackHub and Simon Lewis, Vice President Marketing at Highcon.

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

Thursday 10th June – 3 pm BST

Find out more and book.


 

You can join more than 8,900 others and stay up to speed on the latest packaging news from ThePackHub by following us on LinkedIn – www.linkedin.com/company/thepackhub

 


Please forward to your friends and colleagues to stay up to date with the latest packaging innovation news.  They can click here to subscribe.

 


#1 Paper-based sachets are 100% recyclable

 

Unilever-owned sauces brand Colman’s is moving its powdered Meal Makers sachets into a 100% recyclable paper-based format. The current sachet is a non-recyclable multi-layer combination of plastic, aluminium and paper. The new format is a barrier paper that conforms to On-Pack Recycling Label (OPRL) guidelines. The first product to move to the new format is Colman’s Sausage Casserole, with the rest of the range expected to switch by the end of the year. Colman’s have estimated that the move to the barrier paper will save over 240 tonnes of material per annum once the change has been fully implemented. As part of their ongoing sustainability commitments, Unilever have committed to halving its use of virgin plastic and making sure that all of its packaging is either reusable, recyclable or compostable by 2025.


#2 New plastic-free pack for potato chips introduced

Spanish potato chips brand Marinas has introduced a 100% recyclable pack in a bid to make the products more sustainable. Potato crisps packaging is not widely recyclable with collection schemes from the likes of TerraCycle the real only means to recycle packs. There have been some compostable pack developments. See for example – New UK crisp brand in 100% compostable packMarinas is taking a step forward with their environmental commitment, becoming one of the first brands in the potato chips sector to completely remove plastic from its bags. The innovation is replacing traditionally used plastic, instead using a film made of plant-based compostable material collected from FSC and PEFC certified forests.

More info in The Innovation Zone.


#3 Sauce tube pack resembles the form of a pepper

Nongfu Wangtian, a brand of pepper sauces from China, has launched a range that resembles the form of a pepper in a tube format rather than the traditional glass bottle. The lid is shaped like the stem of a pepper and can be used for hanging the product in-store, intended to give the consumer the feeling of picking the chilli in person. The product comes in three varieties of red, yellow and green colours to denote the varying heat of the sauce. The depiction of the pepper is picked out in gloss print, with the background in matt. Customer research by the design team showed a willingness to try of 87%, and a 46% preference to conventional glass bottles. The pack is made of corn starch and will fully degrade within six months under normal composting conditions. The design was created by design agency Shenzen BOB.

 

More info in The Innovation Zone.


#4 Secondary packaging for cans replaced with paper

Headquartered in Dortmund, Germany, international packaging manufacturer KHS Group are launching a new secondary packaging system for drink cans. Traditionally, the secondary packaging format has been made of shrinkwrap film, which is often not recyclable. The plastic material is out of favour with brands and retailers looking at material alternatives to reduce their plastic footprint. KHS’s new offering for secondary packaging is made out of paper. This type of pack can replace shrink film or wraparound carton packaging on sets of 12 or 24 cans. The production of this packaging is high-capacity, coming in at around 90,000 cans made per hour. The replacement of plastic with a paper solution encourages a circular economy as it can be recycled and is also biodegradable.

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More info in The Innovation Zone.


Watch our latest ThePackhub Expert Interview

James Cutting of [T=0] discusses his career journey and what attracted him to his current role. He tells us how his groundbreaking business is able to create 1000’s of artworks in seconds enabling brand owners and retailers to significantly improve their speed to market.


Packaging question of the week

Do you use in-store recycling schemes? Vote and comment now. 

Last week, 76% have reusable and/or refillable packaging in their kitchen cupboards.


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.


May 2021

Innovation Zone Snapshot – Alternative to EPS made using wool for chilled fish launched

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Innovation Zone ThePackHub - thepackhub.com

 

Welcome to this week’s Innovation Zone snapshot from ThePackHub.

ThePackHub collates up to 20 new packaging innovations every week for our Innovation Zone database.

We have selected four new initiatives for you today.

More information on our Innovation Zone packaging database – https://www.thepackhub.com/the-innovation-zone/

New – Watch our last webinar in full

You can watch our latest webinar online.

Catch up on the latest recyclable packaging innovation trends with this whistle-stop tour of the latest initiatives. We cover many recent in-market and developmental examples to inspire you and keep you bang up to speed. We were joined by Vincent Mooij of SUEZ.circpack® who discusses how their extensive solutions can help you understand the recycling process, and design the best circular packaging for your brand. Hosted by Paul Jenkins, Managing Director and Barrington Pamplin, Technical Director of ThePackHub

You can watch it here.

For any additional information about SUEZ.circpack® :

Vincent Mooij
Email: vincent.mooij@suez.com
Telephone: +31 6 20493022

Download Design 4 Recycling Guidelines here.

Any questions about the innovations discussed or the Innovation Zone, please contact paul.jenkins@thepackhub.com.


 

ThePackHub collates up to 20 new packaging innovations every week for our Innovation Zone database. We have selected four new initiatives for you today.

More information on our Innovation Zone packaging database – https://www.thepackhub.com/the-innovation-zone/

Available Now – as two printed volumes and as a download

Find out about ThePackHub’s nine new global packaging trends

– More than 550 market initiatives with visuals, analysis and comment across nine new 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

Global Packaging Trends Compendium 2021 comprises 671 pages over two volumes and is just £900.

Find out more and order


 

Book on our next webinar

Thursday 10th June – 3 pm BST

Join us for ThePackHub’s free packaging webinar as we explore the world of packaging innovation trends with a whistle-stop tour of the latest innovations.

Presentations on the latest packaging innovations from ThePackHub and Simon Lewis, Vice President Marketing at Highcon.

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

Thursday 10th June – 3 pm BST

Find out more and book.


 

You can join more than 8,900 others and stay up to speed on the latest packaging news from ThePackHub by following us on LinkedIn – www.linkedin.com/company/thepackhub

 


Please forward to your friends and colleagues to stay up to date with the latest packaging innovation news.  They can click here to subscribe.

 


#1 Alternative to EPS made using wool for chilled fish launched

 

Icelandic packaging company Cool Wool have created a sustainable alternative to EPS (expanded polystyrene) containers that are the predominant packaging option for transporting chilled salmon and other fish species. Their zero-waste solution comprises of a board inner and a board outer layer coated with biodegradable Ormorcer as a moisture barrier. A layer of Icelandic sheep’s wool is then sandwiched between the two board layers. The board layers are recyclable, as is the wool layer. The wool is either discarded from farms, or regenerated wool from the textile industry. In trials, the prototype container has been proven to give the same performance as EPS boxes over a 72 hour period. To arrive at their solution, Cool Wool liaised closely with local salmon processors to understand the challenging requirements for the container. Cool Wool have been awarded a grant from the Technology Research Institute of Iceland and European Commission so that they can carry out further research and development.


#2 Secondary packaging made from manure designed to replace fibreboard

Two decades ago, US farmer Matthew Freund created a new product utilising the manure from his farm to make compostable plant pots. CowPots became a success, even being featured on a TV programme called Dirty Jobs. Although successful, he found that his manure plant pots were seasonal, only making money for half the year, as customers tended to buy them for growing seedlings. He has now branched out into packaging with a new product, CowPots Packaging Corners. They are designed to replace the current edge and corner protectors, usually made from fibreboard, which is generally used for shipping frames and other delicate items. The advantage of the Cow Pots Packaging Corners is that they are 100% compostable and biodegradable. The compostable corners have been FDA approved for use as secondary packaging, and the USDA has certified them as safe for shipping outside of the US.

More info in The Innovation Zone.


#3 New spray system removes the need for individual pack layers

Swindon-based packaging manufacturer Multivac have created a solution that tackles a consumer pain point for some food packaging. To prevent food products from sticking together, whilst still maintaining low pack weight. They are introducing a new spray system to help with the packaging of thinly sliced or sticky products. It can be integrated directly into existing production lines, and it works by making an odourless, transparent, and tasteless liquid that allows the layers of food to be more easily separated. The spray will remove the necessity for packaging interleaving film layers to separate the products, thereby reducing packaging weight and production costs for producers with consequent advantages to the environment.

 

More info in The Innovation Zone.


#4 Refillable mouthwash dispenser focuses on stand-out design

A refillable mouthwash dispenser with a designer look is available from US-based oral care company Quip. The attractive and user-friendly dispenser contains concentrated mouthwash which is dispensed into a cup and then diluted before use. The dispenser is available in either a plastic or metal finish with a variety of different colours including black, white, silver or bronze. The refills are on a three-monthly auto-delivery basis, with each concentrated bottle containing enough for 90 doses. The anti-cavity mouthwash is alcohol-free, colourless and vegan. The starter kit costs $35, with two 90 dose refill bottles priced at $15. Each 90 dose bottle is designed to replace a standard 470ml mouthwash bottle. The refillable dispenser is one of a range of designer oral care products from Quip that includes floss, toothpaste, toothbrushes and gum.

More info in The Innovation Zone.


Watch our latest ThePackhub Expert Interview

James Cutting of [T=0] discusses his career journey and what attracted him to his current role. He tells us how his groundbreaking business is able to create 1000’s of artworks in seconds enabling brand owners and retailers to significantly improve their speed to market.


Packaging question of the week

Do your kitchen cupboards include reusable and/or refillable packaging? Vote and comment now. 

Last week, 29% thought that the focus on plastic reduction was too much.


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.


May 2021

Innovation Zone Snapshot – Breakthrough blister pack improves sustainability

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Innovation Zone ThePackHub - thepackhub.com

 

Welcome to this week’s Innovation Zone snapshot from ThePackHub.

ThePackHub collates up to 20 new packaging innovations every week for our Innovation Zone database.

We have selected four new initiatives for you today.

More information on our Innovation Zone packaging database – https://www.thepackhub.com/the-innovation-zone/

New – Watch our last webinar in full

Watch our latest packaging webinar as we explore the world of packaging design innovation trends with a whistle-stop tour of the latest innovations. We were also joined by James Cutting, CEO of [T=Ø] who can create 1000’s of artworks in seconds and dramatically reduce the lifetime cost of ownership of a brand. Hosted by Paul Jenkins, Managing Director and Barrington Pamplin, Technical Director of ThePackHub.

For any additional information about [T=0]:

James Cutting
Email: james.cutting@timeequals0.com
Telephone: +44 7572023204

Any questions about the innovations discussed or the Innovation Zone, please contact paul.jenkins@thepackhub.com.

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ThePackHub collates up to 20 new packaging innovations every week for our Innovation Zone database. We have selected four new initiatives for you today.

More information on our Innovation Zone packaging database – https://www.thepackhub.com/the-innovation-zone/

Available Now – as two printed volumes and as a download

Find out about ThePackHub’s nine new global packaging trends

– More than 550 market initiatives with visuals, analysis and comment across nine new 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

Global Packaging Trends Compendium 2021 comprises 671 pages over two volumes and is just £900.

Find out more and order


 

Book on our next webinar

Thursday 20th May – 3 pm BST

FREE one hour webinar. Catch up on the latest recyclable packaging innovation trends with this whistle-stop tour of the latest initiatives. We will cover many recent in-market and developmental examples to inspire you and keep you up to speed.

We will also be joined by SUEZ.circpack® who will be discussing how their extensive solution can help you understand the recycling process, and design the best circular packaging for your brand.

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

Thursday 20th May – 3 pm BST

Find out more and book.


 

You can join more than 8,800 others and stay up to speed on the latest packaging news from ThePackHub by following us on LinkedIn – www.linkedin.com/company/thepackhub

 


Please forward to your friends and colleagues to stay up to date with the latest packaging innovation news.  They can click here to subscribe.

 


#1 Breakthrough blister pack improves sustainability

 

The blister pack has been a significant and well-established format for the safe packaging of pharmaceutical products for many years.  However, the format has traditionally been difficult to recycle. Packaging heavyweights Amcor have developed a new solution to combat this.  AmSky is a recent initiative that has the potential to make healthcare packaging much more sustainable. AmSky removes PVC (Polyvinyl chloride) from blister packaging, allowing it to be recycled more easily. The innovation reports to deliver the first child-resistant and senior-friendly recyclable packaging for one of the most commonly used packaging types in the pharmaceutical world.


#2 Toothbrush pack switches out of plastic

Glaxo Smith Kline (GSK) have announced that their German toothbrush brand, Dr. Best is in the process of moving out of plastic packaging. It is expected that most of the complete range will be in board packs within a few months, with the exception of electric vibrating brushes. It is estimated that the move to board packaging will save 325,000 kgs of plastic per annum. The main body of the carton is made from 85% recycled board with a viewing window made of cellulose manufactured from a renewable plant source. The decision to have a visible window was made due to research that GSK conducted which revealed that consumers like to be able to see the head of the brush when making their purchase. The packaging is fully recyclable and can be disposed of in the usual waste paper stream.

More info in The Innovation Zone.


#3 Gable-top carton refill pack for soap launched

Norwegian home and personal care manufacturer Orkla has collaborated with Elopak to produce a sustainable refill pack for their Klar laundry detergent and liquid soap products. The new board-based carton, called D-PAK is a move by Orkla to help consumers reduce the amount of plastic generated in the waste stream. The gable-top carton is made from renewable materials and is said to be suitable for recycling with other board products such as milk cartons and newspapers. A trial has been conducted with selected retailers, and online purchasers. Consumer feedback has been positive, with reports that refilling is easy and convenient. Consumers just need to pour from the carton into the original plastic container. It is said that the new pack is more efficient through the supply chain, as it saves weight and is also more cost-effective by volume. A label over the cap is added to alert the consumer that the pack’s contents are not for consumption.

 

More info in The Innovation Zone.


#4 World’s first adaptive deodorant pack in development

Unilever has revealed they have partnered with New-York based global marketing communications agency Wunderman Thompson and design studio Sour to create a new deodorant pack called Degree Inclusive. The collaboration has unveiled the “world’s first adaptive deodorant” for people with disabilities affecting their vision and/or arms. The deodorant was designed with Sour, who contributed as disability consultants on the project to suggest ideas and test prototypes. In terms of easier use for people with disabilities affecting their arms, the pack has a hook for single-hand use, as well as a magnetic cap for easier opening. Additionally, for those with vision impairment, it has a braille label with instructions for use. The pack also has a large roll-on surface to reach more skin area, while ticking sustainability boxes by being refillable.

More info in The Innovation Zone.


Watch our latest ThePackhub Expert Interview

Ian Beresford, Head of Marketing & Development of Essentra Tapes discusses their recent consumer research results that highlights some of packaging’s frustrations and delights as well as delving into the company’s range of tapes that Open, Close, Inform and Protect.


Packaging question of the week

When will you next attend a face-to-face packaging event? Vote and comment now. 

Last time, 66% said that the recently conducted research that found that being at home more during the pandemic had highlighted the volume of plastic waste generated in their homes will this make a difference to the amount of plastic used in the future.


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 2021

Innovation Zone Snapshot – Fully recycled PET bottles switch saves 1,500 tonnes of virgin plastic

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Innovation Zone ThePackHub - thepackhub.com

 

Welcome to this week’s Innovation Zone snapshot from ThePackHub.

ThePackHub collates up to 20 new packaging innovations every week for our Innovation Zone database.

We have selected four new initiatives for you today.

More information on our Innovation Zone packaging database – https://www.thepackhub.com/the-innovation-zone/

Watch our 4-minute video update below.
 

ThePackHub collates up to 20 new packaging innovations every week for our Innovation Zone database. We have selected four new initiatives for you today.

More information on our Innovation Zone packaging database – https://www.thepackhub.com/the-innovation-zone/

Available Now – as two printed volumes and as a download

Find out about ThePackHub’s nine new global packaging trends

– More than 550 market initiatives with visuals, analysis and comment across nine new 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

Global Packaging Trends Compendium 2021 comprises 671 pages over two volumes and is just £900.

Find out more and order


 

Book on our next webinar

Thursday 29th April – 3 pm BST

Join us for our latest packaging webinar as we explore the world of packaging design innovation trends with a whistle-stop tour of the latest innovations.

We are also joined by James Cutting, CEO of [T=Ø] who will tell us how to create 1000’s of artworks in seconds and how their game-changing software and an innovative digital approach is revolutionising pre-media. Enabling brand owners and retailers to significantly improve their speed to market and dramatically reduce the lifetime cost of ownership of a brand.

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

Thursday 29th April – 3 pm BST

Find out more and book.

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#1 Fully recycled PET bottles switch saves 1,500 tonnes of virgin plastic

 

Unilever brand Hellmann’s is making the transition to 100% post-consumer recycled PET for its range of squeezable mayonnaise products. Unilever states that the packaging change will save almost 1,500 tonnes of plastic every year once the full range of products has made the change. The full switch to recycled PET is expected by the end of 2022, with 40% of the range already being made from the recycled material. The bottles can also be easily recycled again once the consumer has finished with the product. The new packaging gives clear details on the front that the bottle is made from100% recycled content.


#2 New liquid container dispenses predetermined amounts

DeJonge Associates, Florida-based pharmaceutical packaging design specialists, have launched a new patented liquid container for dispensing predetermined amounts of liquid. The quantity to be dispensed can be adjusted using markings on the container’s chamber. The consumer removes the protective overcap to reveal the dosage chamber. The bottle is squeezed to fill the chamber with the required amount, which is held in place by a one-way non-return system. The bottle is then squeezed again to dispense the medicine. The unique feature of the design means that orientation is unimportant, and the pack can be used in any position from horizontal to completely inverted, with the pack still managing to dispense the correct amount of liquid. Although initially seen as suitable for medicines for babies and young children, it also has other potential uses where accurate dosing is required in the pharmaceutical and health and beauty sectors.

More info in The Innovation Zone.


#3 Plastic multipack shrink film switch to recyclable board alternative

Spanish beer manufacturer Estrella Damm have collaborated with board and paper specialists and Innovation Zone members Graphic Packaging International (GPI) to replace all of its plastic shrink film packaging on their multipack cans with a recyclable board alternative. The unique pack design was designed internally by GPI and features rounded corners which is hoped will give the pack a greater stand-out instore. The move will save the equivalent of 99 tonnes of plastic per annum. The design of the pack holds the cans tightly which protects the cans as they progress through the supply chain. As part of the move, Graphic Packaging have also supplied two of their QuikFlex™ closing machines which are capable of packing 6, 12 or 24 can packs and feature a number of opening features.

 

More info in The Innovation Zone.


#4 Body wash sachet is water soluble and will dissolve during showering

California based personal-care brand Plus Products have launched a new body wash product that comprises a dehydrated square in a sachet that becomes foam when water is added. Also, the sachet is water-soluble and can be dropped onto the floor of the shower and will dissolve in the water. The sachets come in a bioplastic zippered bag which is home or industrially compostable, and so is the mailing bag the sachets arrive in. The brand claims to reduce water usage by 38% during the production of the squares, and due to the letter-like packaging, the weight reduction means a reduction of 80% in CO2 emissions during shipping. Currently, the cost is $16.50 (£11.84) for 16 sachets, which is acknowledged as relatively high compared to conventional products. However, they hope to be able to reduce the price as sales grow.

More info in The Innovation Zone.


Watch our latest ThePackhub Expert Interview

Ian Beresford, Head of Marketing & Development of Essentra Tapes discusses their recent consumer research results that highlights some of packaging’s frustrations and delights as well as delving into the company’s range of tapes that Open, Close, Inform and Protect.


Packaging question of the week

Unilever recently conducted research which found that 84% of over 2,000 people polled had found that being at home more during the pandemic had highlighted the volume of plastic waste generated in their homes.

Will this make a difference to the amount of plastic used in the future? Vote and comment now. 

Last time, 38% believe major retailers will roll out refillable in the next 1-2 years.


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 2021

Innovation Zone Snapshot – Biosensors monitor ethylene levels to predict fruit ripeness

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Welcome to this week’s Innovation Zone snapshot from ThePackHub.

ThePackHub collates up to 20 new packaging innovations every week for our Innovation Zone database.

We have selected four new initiatives for you today.

More information on our Innovation Zone packaging database – https://www.thepackhub.com/the-innovation-zone/

Watch our 4-minute video update below.
 

ThePackHub collates up to 20 new packaging innovations every week for our Innovation Zone database. We have selected four new initiatives for you today.

More information on our Innovation Zone packaging database – https://www.thepackhub.com/the-innovation-zone/

Launch Offer – Save £250.
Available Now – as two printed volumes and as a download

Find out about ThePackHub’s nine new global packaging trends

– More than 550 market initiatives with visuals, analysis and comment across nine new 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

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Thursday 29th April – 3 pm BST

Join us for our latest packaging webinar as we explore the world of packaging design innovation trends with a whistle-stop tour of the latest innovations.

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Thursday 29th April – 3 pm BST

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#1 Biosensors monitor ethylene levels to predict fruit ripeness

 

Strella Biotechnology is a Philadelphia startup that has developed biosensors to monitor ethylene level in fruit to predict ripeness. Founder Katherine Sizov was inspired to create a solution while studying molecular biotechnology where she learned that an estimated 40% of fresh food goes to waste. Strella’s biosensors were successfully trialled with apples at a packing plant and were subsequently tested on pears. The biosensors are being used to monitor the ethylene level being given off and can identify when a product has reached the required ripeness and is ready for packing and distributing to stores. It has been estimated that reducing the amount of food waste by 15% could feed 25 million people in the US per annum. Strella have been awarded the President’s Innovation Prize from the University of Pennsylvania, the grand prize at the Arizona State University Innovation Open, and the Venture Award at O3 World’s 1682 conference.


#2 World’s first compostable stretch film with corrosion inhibiting attributes launched

Minnesota-based corrosion protection product manufacturers, Cortec Corporation have released what it claims is the world’s first compostable stretch film which also has corrosion inhibiting attributes. The new patent-pending machine-grade film, called EcoStretch, contains an additive called Nano VpCI (Vapor phase Corrosion Inhibitor Technology) which prevents corrosion across various metal types, including aluminium, steel, copper, brass and cast iron. The film conforms to the ASTM D6400 and EN 13432 standards for commercial composting. The film can be used as a direct replacement for standard PE (polyethylene) stretch film and is said to have excellent elastic properties, but with the added advantages of protecting products from rust, dust, dirt and moisture. Suggested areas of use are in the following industries: automotive, electronics, energy, engine and turbine, marine, mining, steel, tubing and piping.

More info in The Innovation Zone.


#3 Switch to clear PET Bottles improves recyclability

Japanese-owned beverage company Frucor Suntory has switched the colour of its 7Up PET (polyethylene terepthelate) bottles from green to clear for the Australia market. The initiative that they say will help consumers recognise that the bottle is recyclable. The cap remains green, and the label artwork utilises a lemon and lime wedge so that consumers are made aware that 7Up is a lemonade product. The move is part of Frucor Suntory’s 2030 sustainability ambitions, by which time they aim to achieve the following: all packaging to be 100% recyclable, all manufacturing sites to have zero waste to landfill, CO2 emissions to be reduced by 35%, water usage reduced by 20%, and 33% of its drinks to be low or no sugar variants. More than half of its beverages are now sold in recyclable aluminium, which contain 66% recycled material.

 

More info in The Innovation Zone.


#4 Laundry refill station makes Australian retail debut

Brands continue to trial refillable pack formats with retail partners as a way to test ways to meet their sustainability objectives. Unilever have been active in this area. This time Unilever Australia has announced the introduction of its first in-store laundry liquid refill station in partnership with Coles. Australia’s second-largest supermarket chain’s concept store in Moonee Ponds in Melbourne now allows shoppers to refill used bottles of Omo, Surf and Sukin laundry liquid brands in store.  According to Unilever, the station’s aim is to save 20 plastic bottles each week through the initiative. Unilever are trialling various approaches to tackle the issue of single-use plastic with refillable solutions very much part of the strategy. They claim that it is unlikely that there will be a “one-size-fits-all” solution to meeting their environmental goals.

More info in The Innovation Zone.


Watch our latest ThePackhub Expert Interview

Ian Beresford, Head of Marketing & Development of Essentra Tapes discusses their recent consumer research results that highlights some of packaging’s frustrations and delights as well as delving into the company’s range of tapes that Open, Close, Inform and Protect.


Packaging question of the week

With improvements, could paper bottles present a viable packaging alternative? What do you think? Vote and comment now. 

Last time, 88% thought the reason for the Green Dot symbol on packaging was not understood by consumers.


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.


March 2021

Innovation Zone Snapshot – Retortable, microwavable and recyclable stand up pouch is a first

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Welcome to this week’s Innovation Zone snapshot from ThePackHub.

ThePackHub collates up to 20 new packaging innovations every week for our Innovation Zone database.

We have selected four new initiatives for you today.

More information on our Innovation Zone packaging database – https://www.thepackhub.com/the-innovation-zone/

Watch our 4-minute video update below.
ThePackHub collates up to 20 new packaging innovations every week for our Innovation Zone database. We have selected four new initiatives for you today.

More information on our Innovation Zone packaging database – https://www.thepackhub.com/the-innovation-zone/

Launch Offer – Save £250.
Available Now – as two printed volumes and as a download

Find out about ThePackHub’s nine new global packaging trends

– More than 550 market initiatives with visuals, analysis and comment across nine new 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

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Thursday 8th April – 3 pm GMT

FREE one hour webinar. Catch up on the latest sustainable packaging innovation trends with this whistle-stop tour of the latest initiatives. We will cover many recent in-market and developmental examples to inspire you and keep you up to speed.

We will also be joined by Christophe Jordan, Managing Director – Translucent Papers of Arjowiggins who will be discussing their translucent functional barrier Sylvicta paper.

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

Register for free:

Thursday 8th April – 3 pm GMT

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Book on our other webinars here.


 

Become a packaging recycling expert

ThePackHub has partnered with SUEZ.circpack® to offer an exclusive discount for their Masterclass Recycling course.

Are you developing new packaging? Do you need concrete solutions to ensure its recyclability? SUEZ.circpack® guides you in the world of recycling of packaging. The European scope helps your understanding to ensure the recyclability of your packaging in many countries, now and in the future.

The 10% discount code for 1 person for ThePackHub subscribers is PACKHUB10.

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#1 Retortable, microwavable and recyclable stand up pouch is a first

 

The first retortable, microwavable and recyclable stand up pouch has been developed in a joint venture between Yorkshire-based packaging supplier JM Packaging, and FEI Foods, a contract packer based in South Wales. FEI Foods are reported to be Europe’s largest processor of ready to eat rice and grain pouch products. The mono-material pouch is made up of a dual laminate of PP (polypropylene) combined with retort-stable inks and gravure printing process. Taking two years, and with the two companies working closely together, they achieved their goals of functionality through production processing, being shelf-stable and continuing to have the same attributes that the consumer is used to. Additionally and importantly, it is fully recyclable, where collection facilities are available. Collection of PP is more advanced in many markets across Europe than in the UK presently due to more established curbside collection. However, some local authorities do collect PP curbside and supermarkets are starting to roll out instore PP collection points.


#2 Invisible imagery rendered visible with scanner for anti-counterfeiting labels

Two Russian universities in St Petersburg have developed a new anti-counterfeiting label with a difference. The ITMO University and St Petersburg Academic University have created a label that contains invisible imagery that can only be rendered noticeable with a system-specific scanner. The surface of the label has a lattice of tiny holes, some of which contain erbium, which is a rare earth element. This then creates a pattern that can be recorded by brand owners and checked using the scanner, and as the erbium has a distinct luminescence, it can be checked against the manufacturer’s records. For extra security, the wavelength, intensity and radiation can also be assessed. It is reported that the label stands up well to mechanical and chemical variations.

More info in The Innovation Zone.


#3 Pre-measured baby milk tabs improves on-the-go feeding

Danone’s baby milk arm has launched its Aptamil formula baby milk in pre-measured tabs for the UK market. Danone have entered into a partnership with Japanese food manufacturer Meiji who have a patented process for tab production. The tabs are being produced at Danone’s Wexford, Ireland formula milk processing plant. Following research, the business concluded that there was an opportunity for ‘on-the-go’ feeding. Greater convenience was also raised as a desire by mums. One tab is equivalent to one scoop of conventional powder, and it is claimed that the new tabs dissolve easily. Danone see the benefits for the tabs to be less mess during preparation and more accurate measurement. Although the new format uses more packaging than standard milk formula packs, a greater percentage is recyclable, and they are looking at other options including the use of mono materials to improve recycling. As the quality standards for baby formula products are critical, extensive testing was required to ensure that shelf life and product integrity are not compromised. Each pack contains 24 sachets with five unwrapped tabs per sachet. They expect to start distribution throughout Europe.

 

More info in The Innovation Zone.


#4 Home compostable film switch for leading US confectionery brand

Mars Wrigley is moving US packaging production of their Skittles product into a home compostable film by the end of 2021. In a collaboration with Bainbridge, Georgia-based Danimer Scientific, they will pack Skittles into Danimer’s Nodax polyhydroxyalkanoate (PHA) material. PHA is manufactured from oils such as soy and canola through a natural fermentation process and breaks down in both household and industrial compost settings. PHA is renewably sourced and leaves a minimal impact on the environment upon disposal. The two-year agreement will see Mars Wrigley evaluating the material with a view to scaling up across their other brands. Initially, Mars will target smaller single pack sizes as it is understood that these are more likely to be littered and less likely to be recycled. The move is part of Mars Wrigley’s corporate strategy called ‘Sustainable in a Generation’, its aim is to achieve 100% reusable, recyclable or compostable packs by 2025. They are also currently evaluating mono plastic and paper based alternatives.

More info in The Innovation Zone.


Watch our latest ThePackhub Expert Interview

Ian Beresford, Head of Marketing & Development of Essentra Tapes discusses their recent consumer research results that highlights some of packaging’s frustrations and delights as well as delving into the company’s range of tapes that Open, Close, Inform and Protect.


Packaging question of the week

What do you think retailers’ appetite for compostable packaging will be over the next 18 months? Vote and comment now. 

Last time, 30% thought we will see a lot more use of NFC and RFID for smart packaging applications over the next 12 months.


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.


March 2021

Innovation Zone Snapshot – Paper-based pallet stretch wrap reduces plastic use by up to 70%

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Welcome to this week’s Innovation Zone snapshot from ThePackHub.

ThePackHub collates up to 20 new packaging innovations every week for our Innovation Zone database.

We have selected four new initiatives for you today.

 

More information on our Innovation Zone packaging database – https://www.thepackhub.com/the-innovation-zone/

Launch Offer – Save £250.
Available Now – as two printed volumes and as a download

Find out about ThePackHub’s nine new global packaging trends

– More than 550 market initiatives with visuals, analysis and comment across nine new 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

Find out more and order


 

Book on our next webinar

Thursday 8th April – 3 pm GMT

FREE one hour webinar. Catch up on the latest sustainable packaging innovation trends with this whistle-stop tour of the latest initiatives. We will cover many recent in-market and developmental examples to inspire you and keep you up to speed.

We will also be joined by Christophe Jordan, Managing Director – Translucent Papers of Arjowiggins who will be discussing their translucent functional barrier Sylvicta paper.

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

Register for free:

Thursday 8th April – 3 pm GMT

Find out more and book.

Book on our other webinars here.


 

Become a packaging recycling expert

ThePackHub has partnered with SUEZ.circpack® to offer an exclusive discount for their Masterclass Recycling course.

Are you developing new packaging? Do you need concrete solutions to ensure its recyclability? SUEZ.circpack® guides you in the world of recycling of packaging. The European scope helps your understanding to ensure the recyclability of your packaging in many countries, now and in the future.

The 10% discount code for 1 person for ThePackHub subscribers is PACKHUB10.

Find out more and book your discounted place here.


You can join more than 8,400 others and stay up to speed on the latest packaging news from ThePackHub by following us on LinkedIn – www.linkedin.com/company/thepackhub

 


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#1 Paper-based pallet stretch wrap reduces plastic use by up to 70%

 

A disruptive new packaging format is hitting the floors of warehouses thanks to a new initiative from Lleida, Spain-based Pampols Packaging. The business has announced the introduction of a new pallet wrapper that incorporates paper-based packaging. The solution has been designed to reduce the use of plastic for the protection and palletisation of warehouse loads. Pampols uses a special low-micron film that can reduce plastic use by up to 70%. It also has the additional benefit of being able to hide palletized merchandise. Pampols state that this is a “very novel product” that is 100% made of paper and is stretchable due to its specific mechanical properties. The wrap is reported to be functionally resistant to sharp angles and rounded edges as well as to any sudden movements during transportation. The new material serves as an alternative to other low micron plastic film on the market for businesses wanting to reduce the use of plastic in their palletised loads.


#2 Battery pack design encourages product recycling

A new pack design is in development that has been designed to encourage the recycling of household batteries. Ecopack is a patented carton pack for the storage of AA and AAA batteries. Standard packs of disposable batteries are not designed to encourage recycling. They are created to be opened once and not designed to be resealed. The packaging is often disposed of by the user once the pack has been first opened. The packaging often tears and the contents can fall out of the pack, making it difficult for the user to store the batteries for future use. When batteries are used up, there is no obvious place to store them. Consumers often find it hard to distinguish between used and new batteries. The creation of a smart pack for batteries makes it easier for users to store their batteries at home.   Ecopack works as a storage for both new and disposed batteries, without getting them mixed up. The plastic-free pack is recyclable and can be white or brown, and the package design contains no plastic. It is currently part of a Kickstarter funding campaign.

More info in The Innovation Zone.


#3 Reusable hand sanitiser pushes for funding

A new solution is at concept stage that offers a reusable alternative to reduce the usage of paper napkins and synthetic recyclable wipes. The solution has a particular appeal to capitalise on the large growth in demand for hand sanitisers in the wake of the global COVID-19 pandemic. Splash is a US brand that has created a reusable way to keep hands and belongings germ-free. It is refillable in seconds and works with any liquid solution. The compact and lightweight container is made from titanium and weighs under 30g. It is claimed to be virtually unbreakable. It is seen as useful for travellers and those on-the-go. It can be attached to keys, belts or handbags via a handy clip. It offers precision spraying and a 100% leak-free cap holder. Splash is available in four different patterned designs. The initial product design took over six months of prototyping and development. It is currently part of a fundraising and product awareness Kickstarter campaign.

 

More info in The Innovation Zone.


#4 Refill bottle for household cleaning products spray containers developed

Sattledt, Austria headquartered and Innovation Zone members Greiner Packaging have again been on the innovation trail with a new concept that taps into the growth for refill solutions. Their new solution is again developed in conjunction with its DesPro in-house design agency. The new initiative can be utilised for household cleaning products liquids in spray containers. it is claimed that the bottle can be used for the equivalent of four regular spray bottles and trigger sprayers. The 200-ml refill bottle for multiple doses has a practical flip-top cap with a guiding nozzle.  It is reported that the refill cycle decreases plastic use by up to 85%. The refill bottle can be made from HDPE, PP or PET and weighs about 16 grams. It is feasible to produce the entire bottle from PCR plastic. It includes 200ml of concentrate, which produces ten times its liquid volume over four spray bottle refills. The new bottle makes it easy for users to squeeze out their contents in consistent doses, which incorporates a user-friendly level indicator. The outer packaging is no longer strictly necessary, which further reduces material use.  The refill bottle can be made of HDPE, PP, or PET, while the lid can be made from HDPE or PP.

More info in The Innovation Zone.


Watch our latest ThePackhub Expert Interview

John Williams Chief Technical officer of Aquapak discusses their multi-functional polymers designed to eliminate plastic pollution.


Packaging question of the week

Have you had your vaccine yet?  Vote and comment now. 

Last time: 70% say that they do watch packaging webinars.


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.


March 2021

Innovation Zone Snapshot – Recyclable alternative to plastic bags introduced

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Welcome to this week’s Innovation Zone snapshot from ThePackHub.

ThePackHub collates up to 20 new packaging innovations every week for our Innovation Zone database.

We have selected four new initiatives for you today.

 

More information on our Innovation Zone packaging database – https://www.thepackhub.com/the-innovation-zone/

Launch Offer – Save £250.
Available Now – as two printed volumes and as a download

Find out about ThePackHub’s nine new global packaging trends

– More than 550 market initiatives with visuals, analysis and comment across nine new 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

Find out more and order

This week – book on our next webinar

This Thursday 11th March 2021 at 3 pm GMT

FREE one hour webinar. Catch up on the latest sustainable packaging innovation trends with this whistle-stop tour of the latest initiatives. We will cover many recent in-market and developmental examples to inspire you and keep you up to speed.

We will be joined by Dr John Williams of Aquapak Polymers, who will be discussing their multi-functional polymers designed to eliminate plastic pollution.

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

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#1 Recyclable alternative to plastic bags introduced

 

Leading provider of corrugated packaging solutions DS Smith has been on the innovation trail again with the introduction of what is claimed to be the first 100% recyclable alternative to plastic bags. The solution has the dual advantage of being accepted for conventional retail product pick up or for use for online deliveries.  As the single-use plastic bag ban continues to advance around the world, DS Smith is offering their Greentote solution as the first reusable and recyclable container made from renewable resources. The USDA food-contact safe alternative is made of cardboard and available in two sizes. The moisture-resistant fibre-based tote is reported to be sturdier than paper to help keep grocery items protected. Greentote can hold more than three times the number of groceries than plastic bags and can interlock to improve convenience during transportation. Greentote is coated with DS Smith’s proprietary Greencoat solution to deliver moisture-resistant capabilities.


#2 OLED tattoos could track freshness of food

A research team from the University College London (UCL) and the Italian Institute of Technology are developing a new high tech way to reduce food waste. The new light-emitting technology may still be a few years from any packaging industry commercialisation. Light-up OLED tattoo technology has been developed to help reduce food waste. The technology could be used to monitor a multitude of different metrics for the measurement of physical human performance as well as packaging applications to determine the freshness of food. The OLED tattoos are just 2.3 micrometres thick. The device is applied using water transfer and can be washed away after use. An electroluminescent polymer emits light when subjected to an electric field. This sits in between a pair of electrodes protected by an insulating layer, with the device then applied to commercial tattoo paper. The technology has been applied to a plastic bottle, an orange and some paper packaging. The tattooable OLEDs can be made at scale and not costly to produce.  Applying the tattoos to fruit to signal when it is past its expiry date is a target development area.

More info in The Innovation Zone.


#3 Water barrier coating eliminates PE film lamination

Many of the entries in the Innovation Zone indicate a clear trend towards the use of mono-materials to improve recycling. This trend has inevitably led to ongoing developments of various barrier coatings. In keeping with this trend, leading printing ink specialists and raw material manufacturers Hubergroup is launching a new water barrier coating. The improved formulation of the binding agents means that there is no longer a need for PE film lamination as a water barrier. Paper packaging employing the barrier coating protects packs against water and can be recycled in established paper recycling waste systems. The use of Hubergroup’s HYDRO-X GA Water Barrier Coating can facilitate the change from laminated to mono-material paper structures. The solution is suitable for use throughout the packaging industry, specifically for foodstuffs such as sugar, flour, and dry animal foods. The new coating is also suitable for non-food sector applications such as cement packaging. It is suitable for both coated and uncoated paper. Huber Group is also working on the development and manufacture of additional protective coatings that deliver oxygen barrier coatings.  The capability is available for use worldwide.

 

More info in The Innovation Zone.


#4 Bioplastic packaging film using marine seaweed in development

Researchers from the National Institute of Ocean Technology (NIOT) based in Chennai, India have developed a new bioplastic film made from marine seaweed. The solution renders the same physical and mechanical properties of conventional plastics. The film is a combination of a species of red algae seaweed and a polyethylene glycol PEG-3000 plasticizer. PEG is a non-toxic polymer, often applied to enhance the thermos-plasticity of the polymer used in medicinal applications.  The new film will safely break down in the environment without any toxicity and no biomass used for feedstocks have been used  The algae is inexpensive as well as rapid to grow (45 days) using sunlight only without the use of freshwater or any chemical intervention. The polymers are similar to the plant-based versions used in food packaging applications that facilitate good oxygen and moisture permeability to help extend shelf life. Not only can the new bioplastic polymers biodegrade naturally without producing any toxic wastes, but they can also be disposed of through ordinary food waste collection.

More info in The Innovation Zone.


Watch our latest ThePackhub Expert Interview

Justin Kempson, Director of Sales and Innovation of UK thermoformed recyclable rigid plastic packaging company Charpak discusses how the business has grown, the growth and importance of sustainability as well as the business’s innovative Satchmo solution.


Packaging question of the week

Do you watch packaging webinars?  Vote and comment now. 

Last time: 64% feel prepared to tackle any upcoming packaging legislation changes coming their way.


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.


February 2021

Innovation Zone Snapshot – Refillable antiperspirant cases start roll out

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Welcome to this week’s Innovation Zone snapshot from ThePackHub.

ThePackHub collates up to 20 new packaging innovations every week for our Innovation Zone database.

We have selected four new initiatives for you today.

 

More information on our Innovation Zone packaging database – https://www.thepackhub.com/the-innovation-zone/

 

You can join more than 8,300 others and stay up to speed on the latest packaging news from ThePackHub by following us on LinkedIn – www.linkedin.com/company/thepackhub

 


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Tuesday 16th February 2021 at 3 pm GMT

FREE one hour webinar. Catch up on the latest packaging innovations. Join us as we also explore the latest findings of Essentra Tape’s consumer survey on packaging functionality.

We will be joined by Ian Beresford, Head of Marketing & Development at Essentra Tapes.

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

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#1 Refillable antiperspirant cases start roll out

 

In an effort to help reduce plastic waste, P&G’s Secret and Old Spice brands are launching a new packaging format with refillable cases. The cases are manufactured using no single-use plastic and include a refill made using 100% FSC certified paperboard packaging. Old Spice and Secret were the first major brands to introduce all-paper deodorant initiatives last year. See Refillable deodorant goes mainstream with US launch. Following the success of that limited-edition pilot, both brands are expanding nationwide with an aluminium-free deodorant formula. It incorporates a push-pop design. The paper tubes are fully recyclable. Consumers can crush the empty paperboard and place the packaging into their recycling bin. The Old Spice and Secret refillable antiperspirants are available in select US stores nationwide as well as online via Walmart, Target, CVS and Walgreens. The solution has been priced for the mass market and is said to be the first refillable antiperspirant from a major brand.


#2 New format makes hand sanitizers on-the-go easy and user-friendly

Unilever has worked with agency MullenLowe Mishra on a collaboration on innovative packaging for their Lifebuoy brand hand sanitizers for the Vietnamese market. The new pack designs are to encourage more consumer usage of sanitisers during the ‘Tết’ new year holiday period. The use of handwashing soap has become normalised for Vietnamese consumers in recent months due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but the practice of using hand sanitizers lags behind due to the inconvenience of carrying a bottle around as well as consumers forgetting to take one with them. The small bottle can also get lost in the disorder of a bag. An accessible and on-the-go hand sanitizer has therefore been developed as an effective way to increase convenience and reduce infection risk. The result is a key-chain format that turns Lifebuoy hand sanitizer into a handy and user-friendly personal accessory that can be conveniently tagged onto one’s handbag or belt. Each of the ten limited-edition versions reflects a different Tết reunion theme. The new format is in the top five best-selling items on the Tiki.com and Shopee.vn e-commerce channels.

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#3 Core razor range switches to cardboard packaging

Procter & Gamble razor brand Gillette, the biggest in male grooming, has intensified its sustainability drive with the introduction of new recyclable packaging across its core range. The research-influenced move to recyclable paper-based materials has also been designed to deter shoplifters in that the top of the pack is very difficult to rip off. The move to cardboard packaging is anticipated to eliminate more than 66 tonnes of plastic per annum. The fully recyclable new packs are made using responsibly sourced paper. The change from plastic packaging comes after P&G shopper research found that recyclable packaging was one of the most important determinants in the decision to purchase bathroom products for the majority (55%) of respondents. The move is part of Gillette’s broader sustainability commitment to use fewer resources by the year 2030 across functions. The lineup had also been simplified reducing 11 lines to down to eight.

 

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#4 Recyclable barrier paper range cuts plastic use

For multinational packaging and paper group Mondi, sustainability is at the centre of its strategy. As part of this drive, the business has successfully developed a new recyclable functional barrier paper range. The AegisPapers solution can run on existing filling lines for form-fill-and-seal applications. Mondi anticipates that AegisPapers can replace plastic use across many applications due to its wealth of viable mechanical properties such as puncture resistance, printability and excellent barrier protection. The coatings technologies implemented create custom barriers against grease and water vapour and ensure sealability. The new solution will see its first airing for a European dry pasta brand that will see a reduction in the use of plastic by 90% as well as save 7.5 tonnes of plastic film per year for just one of the products in its range.  The initiative sees Mondi’s adage ‘paper where possible, plastic when useful,’ become a reality and is seen as a breakthrough for the next generation of sustainable packaging solutions. The AegisPapers range is suitable for many packaging applications across dry and frozen food, pet food, confectionery, toy, e-commerce, flower packaging and DIY industries as well as various secondary packaging applications.

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