Category: Disruptive

August 2020

Innovation Zone Snapshot – Shower care range start refill trial in German drugstores

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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 (book a one-to-one online demo here).

We have selected four new initiatives for you today.

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Catch up on last week’s Sustainable Packaging Review Webinar

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Packaging question of the week

As a consumer, are you more concerned about packaging hygiene than before the pandemic?  Vote and comment now. 

Last week. Is greenwashing in packaging on the rise? 75% said yes.


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#1 Shower care range start refill trial in German drugstores

dm is the largest drugstore chain in Germany with nearly 2,000 outlets. The Karlsruhe headquartered retailer is offering its customers the opportunity to refill Nivea Creme Soft and Nivea Creme Sensitive care shower products. The pilot in three retail outlets will be trialled for up to eight months. dm is working with Nivea owner Beiersdorf to share consumer feedback with a longer-term view to save on packaging use to help promote a more circular economy.  Specially developed Nivea care shower refill stations have been created. Shoppers can fill up empty bottles of Nivea care up to three times. After the third use, they will be asked to replace the bottles so that the packaging can be checked for quality and hygiene standards. In return, they receive a new bottle and a free refill free of charge.

 

More info in The Innovation Zone.


#2 Plant-based cling wrap breaks down in home compost

Following hot on the heels of Auckland-based Compostic (see Home compostable cling film is a global first), Great Wrap is an Australian start-up that has introduced a plant-based alternative to cling film. The material can go straight into consumers’ home composting or green-waste bin once used.  They have made marketing claims that the Great Wrap clingfilm is so effective at breaking down that is actually quicker than orange peel, which is approximately six months. The business first launched a compostable and biodegradable industrial pallet wrap earlier this year, for wine industry applications. Both wraps have compostable certification from Germany’s leading certifying body Din Certco. That means they break down within 180 days and leave no toxins behind. Great Wrap is made entirely from plant-based resins and cornstarch acids. Further developments sees a 600-metre commercial roll for use in restaurants to be released later this year.  Manufacture is undertaken in China with plans in place to shift to Australia. Great Wrap costs $8 (£4.40) and is available online.

#3 Smart containers can automatically reorder refills

Vesta Smart Packaging is a new approach to the provision and storage of products. Vesta’s smart containers know when they’re empty and automatically reorder environmentally friendly refills. The solution provides a complete auto-replenishment packaging service that provides efficient ‘just in time’ supply through an automated refill ordering system to provide continuous supply for consumers. Packages are weight-based and connected through Wi-Fi. The platform controls the refill and access to user data. An app provides end-user management. The distribution model helps companies reduce their reliance on long-life packaging.  Vesta packages have an energy-saving activation that has led to estimated battery lifetimes of up to 20 years on a single charge based on a live activation of eight months. A platform called Smart Supply hosts and manages Vesta’s proprietary refill algorithm, which ingests user data and predicts the days remaining until the next outage. The algorithm incorporates machine-learning technology that gets more accurate over time. The app has two primary functions  It enables end-users to register new Vesta packs with a single scan of the QR code imprinted on the base of the pack. It also provides a channel to manage alert notifications and reordering confirmation. Store Room also provides a branded environment through which brands can interact with their end-users.  Vesta is rolling out trials with several manufacturers and expects to start delivering consumer trials. See also Smart olive oil bottle alerts user to re-order.

 

More info in The Innovation Zone.


#4 Personalised pack opportunity extends to computing products

Personalisation in packaging is an established tool offering brands the opportunity to engage with consumers as well as create a distinctive point of difference that can also enjoy a price premium. The market has calmed down of late having seemingly peaked in popularity around a couple of years ago. Most executions tend to be food, beverage and health and beauty examples but this time we see a less conventional sector join the game. Computer brand Compaq has started its ‘My Hero Is High Tech’ promotion. Shoppers can personalize the packaging of Compaq’s CQ-25 notebook to give as a gift for the recent Brazil fathers day celebrations (that’s quite a gift!) The personalisation process is through three simple steps. They purchase the product at the Sincstore retailer, upload a photo and then a message. It is also possible to add a video link that can be accessed via a QR Code also printed on the pack via the recipient’s smartphone.

 

More info in The Innovation Zone.


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.


August 2020

Innovation Zone Snapshot – Clear plastic bottle alternative to aerosols 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 (book a one-to-one online demo here).

We have selected four new initiatives for you today.

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We will also be joined by John Williams of Aquapak who will be discussing their biodegradable and marine safe polymer film.

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Packaging question of the week

Sustainable packaging has never been a higher priority but is greenwashing on the rise?  Vote and comment now. 

Last week. 28% will be attending the rearranged Packaging Innovations show in London on 8th & 9th December.


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#1 Clear plastic bottle alternative to aerosols introduced

A new PET packaging initiative for aerosols has been introduced as an alternative to aluminium or tinplate cans and is suitable for a variety of applications. The new transparent plastic bottle from Austrian international plastics manufacturer Alpla is extremely light and shock-resistant and boasts functional benefits for consumers as well as some environmental advantages. The solution has an array of practical market uses for cosmetic products, deodorants, sunscreens and room fragrances. The lighter weight results in less material being used and lower consequent distribution costs that positively reduces carbon footprint impact. The distinctive transparent appearance makes for a good point of difference on the retail shelf. The bottle consists completely of PET making it recyclable. An internal coating used for aluminium and tin cans is not necessary. Various shapes, sizes and surfaces can be made.

 

More info in The Innovation Zone.


#2 E-commerce boxes with built-in play factor can be recycled into cat condos, forts and more

When it comes to present-giving, it is perhaps a frequent frustration for parents whose children play with the box more than the toy.  E-commerce giants Amazon hopes that it might help reinforce this behaviour as well as take a step in the right direction from an environmental perspective. The retailer is introducing boxes that can be recycled into a variety of post-use formats such as cat condos, forts, rockets, robot costumes and other creations. The boxes with built-in play factor have a ‘call to action’ to recycle the boxes with a QR code. This directs consumers to a special landing page to make the cardboard concepts. Amazon has been making progress on reducing packaging waste as part of its “Less Packaging, More Smiles” programme. It is claimed that is has reduced the weight of its packaging by 33% and eliminated more than 880,000 tons of packaging material in recent years. See also Secondary packaging for television range encourages reuse.

#3 Solvent ink development improves colour-change packs

New solvent ink technology is being introduced that makes colour-changing inks more cost-effective and easier to implement. The changes allow for a full series of hot, cool and sunlight-activated pack surface options for food and beverage brands. The specialty inks popular for creating special effects on packaging for beer and carbonated soft drinks are now feasible for water and coffee cups. The development helps to speed up manufacturing operations. Previously, printers have used water-based inks that have a slower manufacturing process. The new range of colour-change technologies using solvent inks from Chromatic Technologies Inc.(CTI)  The range from the Colorado Springs-based business includes temperature-activated thermochromic, sunlight-activated photochromic, glow-in-the-dark, and reveal technology inks where a message or communication is exposed once the product has been consumed.  The new solvent-specialty inks eliminate the operational hurdles of water-based inks.  CTI offers an in-house design service to help develop concepts that can be quickly tested with consumers.

 

More info in The Innovation Zone.


#4 New technology that fully biodegrades common forms of plastic leaves no microplastics

UK start-up Polymateria is developing a new technology that would see plastics automatically biodegrade to leave no trace. Polymateria is working with Imperial College University in London and technology is called Biotransformation. the process fully biodegrades common forms of plastic to leave behind no microplastics and therefore no lasting environmental impact. The development of some biodegradable solutions in the past have struggled due to the creation of microplastics. There can also be issues with biodegradable packaging’s compatibility with recycling operations. The development of the Cycle+ plastic sees a solution that will biodegrade after about three years. The plastic is still recyclable during its usable lifetime. This opens up the exciting possibility of creating packaging that is both recyclable and biodegradable. Polymateria’s other development DegrAid is a material designed for single-use plastics where recycling is unfortunately not an option due to littering. This material begins breaking down within six months. The solutions have good potential to scale up quickly without significant costs. Polymateria has received additional funding to accelerate its development.

 

More info in The Innovation Zone.


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.


July 2020

Innovation Zone Snapshot – Oral care tube portfolio to switch to fully recyclable format

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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 (book a one-to-one online demo here).

We have selected four new initiatives for you today.

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

You can now watch ThePackHub’s last sustainable packaging webinar in full

 

 

Next Free Webinar from ThePackHub
Thursday 6th August

Thursday 6th August at 10am BST & 1pm EST (6pm BST)

All new innovations.

Join us for our latest 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 John Williams of Aquapak who will be discussing their biodegradable and marine safe polymer film.

Hosted by Paul Jenkins, Managing Director and Barrington Pamplin, Technical Director of ThePackHub. There will be opportunities for Q&A as well as a poll or two. Feel free to share with your colleagues.

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Packaging question of the week

Who will be attending the rearranged Packaging Innovations show in London on 8th & 9th December?  Vote and comment now. 

Last week. Would you participate in the Loop reusable packaging scheme if it was available in your area? 78% said ‘Yes’.


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#1 Oral care tube portfolio to switch to fully recyclable format

Toothpaste tubes are sold in their millions every day but the vast majority cannot be recycled. Their multi-layer construction makes them impossible to recycle in municipal facilities. A lot of work is being undertaken behind the scenes. More work has been announced by German consumer goods leader Henkel. Their complete Oral Care tube portfolio will be fully recyclable by early next year and will contribute to the brand owner’s goal to achieve 100% recyclable packaging by 2025. The transition will be incorporated by Spanish toothpaste brand Licor del Polo and will incorporate proprietary Greenleaf tube technology from the supplier of the world’s largest range of beauty and personal care packaging Albéa. The solution enables the packaging to be fully recyclable wherever collection schemes are active. The tubes are technically recyclable within the existing HDPE bottles recycling streams. The unique tube-making technology uses a single-blown film to reduce the product’s CO2 footprint.  The Greenleaf technology will convert more than 700 tons of packaging material per year into a category, that can be utilized and recovered by existing waste recycling streams. The world’s first full HDPE tube in 2021, which will then also include the cap. See also First-ever recyclable toothpaste tube starts market rollout.

 

More info in The Innovation Zone.


#2 QR codes applied to inside of closures ensures engagement is from end user

Leading system and solutions provider for aseptic packaging and regulars to the Innovation Zone SIG Comblibloc is improving consumer engagement with the extension of their PAC.ENGAGE QR code solutions for their closures. The launch of the ‘One Cap, One Code’ initiative opens up one-to-one marketing dialogue for brand owners. SIG’s digital closure solution has been launched initially for their combiGo closure and enables food and beverage brands to apply QR codes to the inside of closures, which will only be visible to the end consumer. QR codes are easily and quickly scanned by smartphones to keep consumers entertained and informed. Hiding QR codes in the closures inside the pack offers a more personal touch and one that guaranteed dialogue with the actual end user rather than anyone else that might decide to scan the pack before consumption. One of the largest dairy producers in China, Inner Mongolia Yili Industrial Group Co is an early adopter and will launch ‘Perfect Love’ fruit yoghurt with a QR code in the closure.

#3 Air chamber design prevents packaging from sinking into ocean

The global challenge of mounting ocean plastic waste is not going away. It is estimated that the equivalent of a truck’s worth of plastic enters our seas every single minute. A new packaging format has been designed that hopes to help make the recovery of the materials easier. Gravity System is a Spanish design that prevents packaging from sinking into oceans and rivers. A small air chamber in the container’s base prevents it from sinking. This allows it to remain afloat on the water’s surface and therefore more visible for collection and potential recycling. The high visibility may also reduce the ‘out of sight, out of mind’ mantra that may reduce efforts to collect materials. The solution has been created in collaboration with innovation business La Fábrica de Inventos. Any size container can be adapted and is does not matter what type of plastic is used. The redesign can be created without harming the internal content and without damaging its ergonomic and functional exterior shape. The piece snaps into the bottom of the container. The system could be further improved if the piece itself was given a reflective finish that would increase its visibility.

 

More info in The Innovation Zone.


#4 Introduction of 100% recyclable own-label crisp tube is a UK retailer first

Retailer Asda is pushing forward with their commitment to reduce their own-brand plastic in their packaging by another 15% by next year. The Walmart owned UK supermarket has announced that it has become the first retailer in the UK to introduce a 100% recyclable own-label crisp tube. The change will cut 98.2 tonnes of non-recyclable packaging from Asda’s supply chain, the equivalent of 2.34 million tubes of crisps each year.  Asda is switching the whole of its own-brand Snax range into cardboard-only packaging. Crisp tubes are conventionally made from a combination of foil, metal and cardboard materials making them non-recyclable. Asda have now introduced a solution for their crisp tubes that’s easy and simple for consumers to recycle. It is assumed that the change will lead to some compromise to overall shelf-life. The Snax products come in two varieties, Original and Sour Cream and Onion and shoppers can purchase the new packs in-store and online.

 

More info in The Innovation Zone.


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.


July 2020

Innovation Zone Snapshot – Sustainably sourced pulp bottle shakes up spirits market

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Thursday 6th August

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We will also be joined by John Williams of Aquapak who will be discussing their biodegradable and marine safe polymer film.

Hosted by Paul Jenkins, Managing Director and Barrington Pamplin, Technical Director of ThePackHub. There will be opportunities for Q&A as well as a poll or two. Feel free to share with your colleagues.

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Packaging question of the week

Would you participate in the Loop reusable packaging scheme if it was available in your area?  Vote and comment now. 

Last week, Following the recent high profile new launches from Frugalpac and Diageo, are paper bottles the future of beverage packaging? 26% said Yes. Voting and commenting still open.


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#1 Sustainably sourced pulp bottle shakes up spirits market

Following the news of Frugalpac’s introduction of a 94% recycled paper-based wine bottle, see Paper-based wine pack is five times lighter than the average glass bottle,  Diageo has also joined the party as part of the Pulpex Consortium.  The multinational drinks company has announced the introduction of a potentially groundbreaking Johnny Walker sustainably sourced pulp bottle that complies with international food and drink safety standards. The contents are reported protected by a resin rather than a plastic one. The resin delivers the necessary barrier to hold the liquid and it is claimed it will disintegrate post-use. The bottle is fully recyclable and made from sustainably sourced pulp. It is declared to be the world’s first paper-based and plastic-free spirits bottle. The cap will be made of aluminium, which is recyclable. See also Carlsberg’s World’s first paper beer bottle a step closer to reality.

More info in The Innovation Zone.


#2 Innovative closure system reduces coffee spillages

Reusable cups have become an essential item for many on-the-go beverage drinkers. There has been a multitude of new examples come to our attention In the Innovation Zone. The solutions often offer a distinctive point of differentiation to help make them stand out in the market as well as enjoy a potential valued-added price premium. Coffee aficionados claim that the aroma of the drink is as important as the taste. Reusable coffee cups with lids (and therefore a small opening) can compromise this sensorial experience. The potential for hot coffee to spurt through the small hole is also an everyday reality with cup lids. The IRISgo initiative from Switzerland hopes to solve these challenges. The solution uses a clever innovative closure system to ensure that the aroma of the coffee flows freely with every gulp.  The IRISgo coffee cup secures its contents using a spiralling silicone membrane across the top of the cup.  The impactful lid alternative is opened by twisting the base to create effectively a lid-free drinking experience. It is completely leakproof when closed making it great for on-the-go transportation. The cup is made from a combination of stainless steel and food-safe PP. The cup is offered in 200 ml (7 oz) or 350 ml (12 oz) sizes.

#3 Home compostable cling film is a global first

Each year, it is estimated that New Zealand uses 119,000 kilometres of clingfilm. Multiply that by 200+ other markets and you have significant usage of a single-use plastic material. Cling wrap is traditionally made of a variety of plastics and is therefore not recyclable. Auckland-based Compostic (the name is a clue) has created a world-first cling wrap that can be composted at home.  It has launched its home compostable cling film in their native market and around 130 New Zealand retailers stock the wrap so far.  The company wanted to solve the problem for people who were not willing to try clingfilm alternatives such as those made from beeswax. See Recyclable and reusable food-grade film alternative keeps bread, cheese and fruit freshThe company’s compostable wrap and resealable bags were made of a blend of three biopolymers. The clingfilm is TUV Austria certified and will break down within 12 weeks in industrial composting and 24 weeks in home compost conditions. The Covid-19 pandemic has delayed Compostic’s rollout to the Australia and US markets, which will now take place by the end of the year. See also Compostable cling film designed for fresh produce usage.

 

More info in The Innovation Zone.


#4 Active packaging system launch created to maintain seafood freshness

The seafood industry is continually looking to develop solutions to improve the freshness and shelf life of their shipped products. See for example: Perforations optimise self-absorbing tray performanceAptar Food + Beverage, part of AptarGroup, has joined the development with the announcement of the launch of a new active packaging system designed for the seafood industry. Their proprietary SeaWell active packaging solution is reported to be a first-of-its-kind and is being utilized for a variety of seafood products at a leading US retailer with a roll out in more than 3,800 outlets. SeaWell incorporates technology that absorbs excess liquids that collect around the seafood that would subsequently negatively impact shelf life. The SeaWell system utilizes direct food-contact-safe absorbent materials that trap excess fluids inside integrated and hidden pockets to reduce the rate of microbial growth and chemical degradation. The system also enhances visual appeal and absorbs product odours. The SeaWell active packaging system provided a 99.9% reduction in aerobic bacteria for scallops. The technology also enables seafood processors to pack frozen for distribution and subsequently thaw for fresh sale.

 

More info in The Innovation Zone.


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.


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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#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.

 

 

More info in The Innovation Zone.


#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.
More info in The Innovation Zone.

 


#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.

 

 

More info in The Innovation Zone.


#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.

More info in The Innovation Zone.


 

 

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August 2018

Innovation Zone Snapshot – Bath time gift set gets the personalised pack treatment

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Welcome to this week’s ThePackHub Innovation Zone snapshot.

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

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#1 Bath time gift set gets the personalised pack treatment

Personalisation 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 a bath time gift set personalised with a baby’s name for their Baby Dove brand. Shoppers can go online and choose a name to go on 400ml bottles of lotion that also includes a gift box and gift card.

More info in The Innovation Zone.


#2 Biodegradable bottle made from recycled paper as alternative water packaging material

Single-use plastic packaging has taken a media of hammering of late but consumers’ demand for packaging water on-the-go shows no signs of declining. UK consumption of water drinks rose 7% in 2017 to nearly 4,000 million litres. There has been other packaging material alternatives to PET plastic bottles coming to market. You may have seen Will Smith help launch paper based Just Water in the UK as a high profile example recently. Another potential solution has emerged from non-profit Choose Water, which has created a biodegradable bottle made from recycled paper.  The bottle consists of a vacuum-formed paper shell. Water barrier is achieved via a plastic-free waterproof lining. It will degrade in less than six months.The bottle’s lid is made from steel, a material with better recycling rates than plastic that will also biodegrade into iron oxide.

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#3 Coffee waste could be next bio-material to make beverage cups

 

Bio-material development continues to progress with a wide variety of materials being used as an alternative to oil-based plastics being reported in the Innovation Zone. Materials that are a waste by-product from another process have additional appeal. A researcher from Sydney, Australia Macquarie University has found a use for discarded coffee waste by turning them into lactic acid, which can then be used to produce biodegradable plastics with an obvious application as a beverage cup. The UK gets through 2.5 billion disposable coffee cups every year and the coffee grounds used to make the drinks are clearly only used once with 500,000 tonnes sent to landfill in the UK each year. The coffee ground is about 50% made up of sugars, which can then be converted into bio-based chemicals. A synthetic pathway to convert mannose sugar into lactic acid. The next stages of the research will be to refine the conversion pathway to improve the yield of lactic acid.

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#4 Plant-based packs being tested for Indian snack brands

The UK Plastics Pact has recently come into being as a collaborative initiative to create a circular economy for plastics. 42 major brands, retailers and suppliers have made a pledge to have 100% of their plastic packaging as reusable, recyclable or compostable by 2025. Also making waves is a petition signed by more than 150,000 people calling for PepsiCo’s Walkers and other crisp manufacturers to make their packets more “environmentally-friendly”. In others words, consumers are no longer prepared to wait until 2025 for a solution. PepsiCo India is hoping to take the lead in this area with a plan to test a plant-based pack for a couple of their snack brands. The company will pilot 100% compostable, plant-based packaging for the Lays and Kurkure brands in the Indian market. The company is also working to reduce the impact of its packaging on the environment by resizing the packaging, which will help reduce the company’s carbon footprint.

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August 2018

Innovation Zone Snapshot – Reusable bottle system encourages homemade products

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Welcome to this week’s ThePackHub Innovation Zone snapshot.

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#1 Reusable bottle system encourages homemade cleaning and personal care products

Reusable packaging is one of the packaging trends of the year with several new executions coming to market as a solution to increased negative reaction to single-use plastic packaging. This work in progress due for launch soon offers a new take on matters. Cleanyst is a new patented system that encourages consumers to mix supplied concentrate with tap water to make their own cleaning and personal care products. The solution promises to reduce the amount of plastic used and carbon emissions as well as saving money for the consumer. Cleanyst recognise that the main ingredient in many cleaning and personal care products is water so by only paying for the plant-based active ingredients. The use of reusable bottles as well as reduced packaging requirements for a dilution system sees a significant packaging reduction in the longer term. The system consists of a small appliance, concentrate-filled pouches and reusable bottles. Like other ‘make your own’ system of this type, it also has the opportunity to personalise the type of scent and the strength.

More info in The Innovation Zone.


#2 Braille notes make snack brands more accessible

Brands have made good progress in recent years in terms of making their packs more accessible. This is often based on better pack functionality to make the products easier to open, reseal or dispense. The global ageing population has helped influence this trend. Accessibility is beyond just improved functionality as is seen with this new pack from Kellogg’s Rice Krispies Treats snacks. Since 2017, Rice Krispies has made it possible for parents to include a message in their children’s lunch boxes via a blank, heart-shaped space on the packaging. The brand has taken this an important stage further by offering braille stickers to go on the pack. The braille stickers have comments such as such as “You’ve got this”, “Go for it,” and “Love you lots” in braille. For those children that don’t read braille, Kellogg’s is making available a box with a recording device and speaker, which allows for a 10-second recorded message, which can be changed up to 1,000 times. This is the first example of a pack for the blind featured in the Innovation Zone.

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#3 Electronically activated bottle only opens when user’s lips touc

 

Smart and Intelligent packaging solutions continue to come to our attention. The beverage market is a rich area of activity with solutions that help users consume the right amount of content (often water) or make it easier to drink on-the-go. On this occasion, an electronic no-spill bottle has been developed that is activated by the user’s lips. Lyd is currently part of a Kickstarter campaign. It works by only allowing the contents to flow when the user’s lips touch the lid. The Lyd’s lid has an integrated touch sensor that detects that the lid has been touched to initiate an internal stopper to allow the liquid to flow out from around the edges of the lid. The lid is powered by a rechargeable battery. The stopper goes back in place once the user moves their lips away. The bottle itself is available is 17-ounce (503ml) and 13-ounce (384ml) sizes. Their planned retail prices are $69 and $79, respectively.

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#4 Left handed cookie pack delights 10% of consumers

It’s fair to say that the vast majority of packaging does not take into account whether the user is right or left handed. If anything, a right handed disposition is the norm with pack openings positioned for easy right handed application. Mondelez’s Oreo brand aims to change that and also get some PR mileage in the process with an initiative that embraces #LeftHandersDay. Their Handed Cookie Pack aims to delight the 10% of the population that struggle through life in a right handed world. Creative marketing agency 360i helped to bring to market the specially-designed pack that opens from right to left, rather than left to right the convention of regular packs. Beyond #LeftHandersDay, consumers can visit lefthandedoreo.com to get the limited-edition packs.

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August 2018

Innovation Zone Snapshot – Refill box could shake up personal care market

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Welcome to this week’s ThePackHub Innovation Zone snapshot.

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

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#1 Seaweed-based sauce sachets decompose within six weeks

It is estimated that 11 billion single-use plastic condiment sachets are used globally and their lack of recyclability is a real issue. Internet food online business Just Eat www.just-eat.co.uk is trialling single-use seaweed-based food sachets as an alternative to plastics. The six week trial of compostable seaweed sachets were created in partnership with Skipping Rocks Lab. The latter first came to the Innovation Zone’s attention with a Edible packaging ‘blob’ concept eliminates plastic bottle The sachets can be disposed through home composting facilities and will decompose in around six weeks. With more than  The sachets will be used by The Fat Pizza chain for their ketchup as well as their garlic and herb dips.

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#2 Refill box could shake up personal care market

British skin care male grooming brand Bulldog has announced the introduction of a new packaging format that significantly reduces the amount of plastic used. The Bulldog Original Shower Gel Refill Box contains the equivalent of 25 bottles of product. The refill box is made from FSC certified recycled cardboard and will allow consumers to use and reuse the refillable bottle within the pack. It is claimed that the new pack format reduces plastic packaging waste by 85% by weight when compared to using the 200ml conventional plastic version. Bulldog is a leader in delivering sustainable packaging formats. It has also previously developed plastic derived from Brazilian sugarcane for its plastic tubes. See Sugarcane based skincare pack is a world first. The new box will be sold at Whole Foods as well as via the Bulldog Skincare For Men website.

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#3 Pizza packs with built-in puzzle keep football fans engaged

 

The FIFA World Cup in Russia inspired some interesting new packaging innovations. See ThePackHub’s recent blog on the matter.  DS Smith’s efforts initially slipped under our radar but we’re happy to report on this football inspired initiative from the global paper packaging experts. DS Smith has worked with Pizza Hut in Portugal to give added functionality to their pizza boxes. The 100% recyclable special edition boxes have a built-in puzzle/ball on detachable covers. Consumers need to buy two pizzas to then construct their own paper ball, a possible moment of relaxation when suffering the stresses of football!

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#4 Plastic bags dissolve in water

A plastic bag that dissolves in water is on the brink of a roll-out. Solubag is a Chile based enterprise whose bags reportedly work as well functionally as traditional plastic bags. The bags are not made using petrol-based products and are formulated from polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) and the new material is based on limestone. Rather than being recycled or causing damage to the environment through litter, the bags can be submerged in water and reportedly fully dissolve within five minutes. In promotions videos of the innovation, the inventors were prepared to drink the reportedly harmless dissolved solution. No contaminants are reportedly released. Conversations are ongoing with a large plastic manufacturer in China.

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July 2018

Innovation Zone Snapshot – marble-dust, image recognition recycling packaging innovations and more

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Welcome to this week’s ThePackHub Innovation Zone snapshot.

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

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#1 Crab shell combined with cellulose creates new packaging material

Researchers at Atlanta based Georgia Institute of Technology have created a new substrate derived from nature’s two most common natural biopolymers with the potential to replace flexible plastic packaging used to keep food fresh. The new packaging material is derived from a combination of crab shells and cellulose from tree fibres. The new material is made by spraying layers of chitin from the crab shells and cellulose to form a flexible film with similar properties to plastic film packaging.  The finished material is flexible, strong and transparent. The new material delivered around a 67% reduction in oxygen permeability compared to PET, offering the potential to keep produce fresher for longer. The film was created by suspending cellulose and chitin nanofibres in water and spraying them onto a surface in alternating layers.  Ongoing research is being undertaken to improve the material’s ability to block water vapour.

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#2 Marble-dust residues help make tear-resistant label

Label experts Avery Dennison based in Oegstgeest, Netherlands has  introduced a new tear-resistant label that puts waste to good use. Their MarbleBase label consists of 80% marble-dust combined with HDPE from recycled plastic bottles. The marble dust is taken from the residue left-overs of the marble mining industry. The label is created without needing to add water or bleach during production.  The matt label has approval for non-acidic foodstuffs as well as fatty foodstuffs.The label is 100% ‘tree-free’ as well as being completely made of recycled and waste materials. The label has broad range of uses with a paper feel. The MarbleBase label also has applications for luxury goods comes with a cradle-to-cradle silver certificate.

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#3 Cork-based reusable pack aims to get ice-cream fans to come back for more

 

Reusable packaging continues to make steady progress as single-use packs becomes under increased scrutiny. This Santini ice-cream brand from Portugal is aiming to provide a more sustainable and environmentally responsible alternative reusable pack. Their cork-based reusable pack can be used time after time at a Santini store. Consumers are encouraged to reuse the pack through a €1 discount. The one litre pack costs €25 and includes box, spoon, bag and tube of cones. Santini also has plans to remove the straws used in their milkshakes and juices as well as replace their current spoons and napkins for alternatives produced from biodegradable materials.

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#4 Image recognition technology could improves recycling rates

Leading disruptive innovation experts Cambridge Consultants have developed a new concept that could help to improve recycling rates.  Their smarter recycling scheme uses new technology that is designed to identify the type of packaging waste using image recognition. This could solve an ongoing issue with on-the-go recycling where consumers are not sure what can be recycled. The concept’s machine vision capability combined with a neural network can recognise various packaging formats as well as be trained to identify new items. Many consumers are not able to easily distinguish between recyclable and compostable cups but the new technology is able to do this accurately. An app based reward system can help incentivise and motivate consumers to participate. The system can also provide consumer insights around when and where products are consumed. In testing conducted by Cambridge Consultants, consumers were 35% more likely to dispose of waste items correctly using the smart recycling system.

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July 2018

Innovation Zone Snapshot – multi compartment pouch, heated on-the-go aseptic packaging innovation and more

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Welcome to this week’s ThePackHub Innovation Zone snapshot.

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

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#1 Gusset pouch accommodates multiple compartments

An interesting development is in the offing from Ontario, Canada based sports nutrition packaging specialists Arranti.  Their new Chamber Pouch sees standup gusset pouches made with up to three separate chambers. This helps brands that want to sell combinations of two or three products in the same pack. The contents would typically be used together or mixed by the consumer.  The multi-compartment pouches are deemed suitable for cosmetics, beverages, pharmaceuticals, pet food and baby food applications. The patent pending solution.The pouches can also be fitted with sevearl value-added extras including reclosable zippers, spouts, sliders, hook-and-loop closures and spray triggers..

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#2 Distinctive blister pack stands out from the crowd

Makarizo Hair Vitamin Capsules has been launched in a distinctive shape to ensure excellent shelf stand out.  The new pack format has been created that not only is different to anything else on the supermarket shelf but is also ensures that it is easy to open. It was created to compete with similar products which are already available in the market. The pack shape makes it easy to open/tear off the capsule in a single twist. The pack is also a clever representation of the actual shape of the capsule. The pack comes with three different colour codes to represent the product variants.

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#3 Aseptic carton initiative can be heated for on-the-go hot drink consumption

 

SIG Comblibloc has been on the innovation once trail again with an initiative that meets the needs of consumers looking for hot drinks whilst on-the-go.  Research conducted by the Swiss aseptic carton supplier indicated that consumers in the Chinese market often enjoy the ‘warmth from within’ of hot beverages and 72% of consumers were dissatisfied with current heating methods for on-the-go products. SIG have developed a microwaveable solution for aseptic carton packs that would allow consumers to warm their drink. The new high-barrier ‘Heat&Go’ pack is aluminium free and can be heated in a microwave, either in a vending machine or store whilst on the go or at home before going out. ‘Heat&Go’ contents can be heated up to 60oC and can be produced on existing SIG filling machines with a one-time upgrade. The high-barrier film and light blocking pigment protects the product from oxygen ingress, flavour migration and light and water.

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#4 Little pocket keeps Puerto Rican McDonald’s fans happy

TMcDonald’s in Puerto Rico has changed its french fries packaging so that fast food fans can get a ‘lucky’ potato wedge with their food. McDonald’s has redesigned its fries packaging to celebrate National French Fry Day (it’s a Puerto Rican thing!). The pack has a special pocket to accommodate the additional treat comprising a ñapa or potato wedge.  The pack change came about via agency TBWA. The concept gained traction following a social media post from McDonald’s shared on April Fools’ Day. The joke garnered many positive reaction, which encouraged the fast food chain to make the pack a reality for one day only. See also Popcorn packaging stores hidden burger and fries.

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