Category: E commerce

April 2019

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

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#1 Tesco trials technology that makes all plastic packaging recyclable

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

Read more here.


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

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

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

 Read more here.


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

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


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

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

Read more here.


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Sustainable Packaging Innovations from the Innovation Zone


Lip product made entirely from paper and cardboard

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Organic apples and pears packaged in trays made from grass paper

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

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

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


Piqet Life Cycle Analysis

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

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Please visit ThePackHub website to find out more about the range of packaging innovation services we offer. We’ve delivered projects for a number of brand owner, retailer and packaging suppliers.

Until next time. We hope you have enjoyed this sustainable packaging update.


March 2019

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

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#1 The World’s Recycling is in Chaos

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

Read more here.


#2 Australians keen but overconfident about recycling

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

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

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

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


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

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

Read more here.


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Sustainable Packaging Innovations from the Innovation Zone


Collaboration leads to launch of online refillable cleaning products revolution

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Liquid-holding paper bottle launched for body care range

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Australian spring water brand switches to 100% recycled plastic bottles

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Beverage ring carriers get recycling boost in new UK scheme

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


Piqet Life Cycle Analysis

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

Contact us to find out more.


Please visit ThePackHub website to find out more about the range of packaging innovation services we offer. We’ve delivered projects for a number of brand owner, retailer and packaging suppliers.

Until next time. We hope you have enjoyed this sustainable packaging update.


January 2019

Innovation Zone Snapshot – Infrared scanner can detect freshness of food to reduce food waste

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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 Infrared scanner can detect freshness of food to reduce food waste

Every year, a third of all food produced in the world is wasted. This is equivalent to 1.3 billion tonnes according to figures from the United Nations Food and Agricultural Association. A new innovation has been developed by researchers at Fraunhofer in the hope of reducing the perfectly edible food that is wasted due to consumers not being sure if it is still fresh to eat. Scientists from the German research institute have developed a small infrared portable scanner that will determine if a food item has gone bad as well as its degree of ripeness. The solution could prove to be a useful tool for retailers, industry food handlers and consumers to help prevent what is essentially unnecessary food waste. The device is based on a high-precision near-infrared sensor. An infrared beam is shone on the food and the reflected light is measured across the IR spectrum. The absorption spectrum from the food is compared with a known sample to help determine the food condition. The scanner is still in the demonstrator stage with consumer testing at supermarkets due to start later this year.

More info in The Innovation Zone.


#2 Anti-fog coating helps extend freshness of refrigerated foods

Bostik provides adhesive technologies across a wide range of sectors including construction, automotive, aerospace, rail and, of course, packaging. The business has developed a new anti-fog coating for flexible film lids. The solution stops water droplets from forming as well as helping to extend freshness of refrigerated foods that suffer with moisture. The technology also helps improve produce appeal by keeping lids clear so consumers can see the contents. The co-polyester coatings combine anti-fog capability alongside heat seal functionality. This requires one process step instead of two and work with existing converting equipment.. The coatings have excellent seal strength to PET with a smooth peel when opened.


#3 Reverse vending scheme starts Brazil market roll out

Agricultural and consumer goods giant Cargill has combined with Triciclo on a new recycling initiative. TriCiclos began in Chile in 2009 with an objective to create a triple of sustainability goals based on social, environmental and financial needs. The businesses have come together to offer a new option for the correct disposal of packaging to Brazilian consumers. A pilot of seven machines can now accept a range of packaging formats including carton packs, aluminium, steel and PET. Each type of waste has a score and in exchange for the packaging waste, consumers can earn points to earn money off utility bills, public transport tickets or mobile phone bills. All brand packaging, not just Cargill’s can be accepted. Consumers need to register for free using the Return Machine itself, via an app or through the www.triciclo.eco.br website. The collected material is sent to recyclers and cooperatives to generate new raw materials. See also Reverse vending machine trial rewards theme park goers and Reverse vending machine helps recycle festival plastics.

 

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#4 Algae-based bio-material doesn’t require land or fresh water to develop

Scientists from Tel Aviv University are working on a new bio-plastic derived from marine microorganisms in an attempt to reduce the environmental impact of biodegradable plastics. The new process does not rely on fertile soil and fresh water to grow the plant matter, which is in short supply in many parts of the world. This also puts demands on farming capacity that needs to be used to grow food crops. Researchers from Tel Aviv University have been developing a sea lettuce algae called Ulva lactuca to help create a new bio-material. It is cultivated in the sea, and then fed to single-celled Haloferax mediterranei microorganisms, which excrete a PHA bioplastic polymer. This can then be used to produce biodegradable plastics. Work is ongoing accessing alternative bacteria and algae to find combinations capable of producing bio-plastics with different functional properties. A research paper has been published in the Bioresource Technology journal.

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Until next time. Happy innovating.


December 2018

Innovation Zone Snapshot – Danone supports flavoured water brand with 100,000 unique designs

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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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Book a 15 minute online demo here.

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

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

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#1 Danone supports flavoured water brand with 100,000 unique designs

Danone is once again exploiting the opportunities that digital print for packaging offers for brands to deliver differentiated products the possibility of individual and uniquely different pack designs.  Danone’s Danish mineral water brand Aqua d’Or has introduced 100,000 1.25 litre water bottles in unique packs. Danone is marketing a holiday edition of its Sparkles flavoured water brand. Northern German based All4Labels Group company Folienprint Rako produced the label using an HP Indigo 20000 Digital Press combined with HP Smartsteam Collage software from HP. Several seed designs consisting of snowflakes, reindeer and seasonal food were converted automatically into unique creations by HP print software using an algorithm that automatically generates a high number of unique graphic patterns. The bottles feature winter-themed designs by Danish artist Emil Kozak. See also Danish water brand differentiates with over 3 million unique bottles.

More info in The Innovation Zone.


#2 Self-adhesive label made of renewable grass paper

German self-adhesive materials and coatings supplier VPF has launched a new self-adhesive labelstock made of readily available and renewable grass paper. The material is marketed for use in the food, beverage and cosmetics industries. The fresh fibre content is 50%.  There are significant resource and CO2 emission savings to be enjoyed as less than one litre of water is needed per ton of grass fibre pulp created. This compares to around 6000 litres of water per ton when producing conventional wood cellulose labels. The grass paper is available in  95 g/m2 and is recyclable, compostable and FSC-Mix certified. The grass paper material has been approved for direct food contact and is available in two different adhesives coatings as standard. See also Paper made from grass to be used in food industry and Sun dried grass paper packaging delivers dramatic energy savings.


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

German self-adhesive materials and coatings supplier VPF has launched a new self-adhesive labelstock made of readily available and renewable grass paper. The material is marketed for use in the food, beverage and cosmetics industries. The fresh fibre content is 50%.  There are significant resource and CO2 emission savings to be enjoyed as less than one litre of water is needed per ton of grass fibre pulp created. This compares to around 6000 litres of water per ton when producing conventional wood cellulose labels. The grass paper is available in  95 g/m2 and is recyclable, compostable and FSC-Mix certified. The grass paper material has been approved for direct food contact and is available in two different adhesives coatings as standard. See also Paper made from grass to be used in food industry and Sun dried grass paper packaging delivers dramatic energy savings.

 

More info in The Innovation Zone.


#4 Coca Cola ups ante with new 100% rPET collaboration

Soft drinks giant Coca-Cola European Partners (CCEP) has committed to ensure that at least 50% of the material it uses for its PET bottles comes from recycled plastic by 2025. It is further boosting the use of recycled materials in its bottles with a supply agreement with Loop Industries to purchase 100% recycled PET (rPET). Loop Industries is an innovation technology company that has created a proprietary process that decouples plastic from fossil fuels to break down waste PET plastic to create virgin-quality PET plastic that can be used for food-grade packaging. They are reported to be the only company in the world that can depolymerize all forms of waste PET plastic with zero energy input to create virgin-quality PET plastic. Loop rPET will be used in Coca Cola’s packaging as soon as 2020.

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Until next time. Happy innovating.


December 2018

More Plastic Than Fish – Ferrero Rocher shamed as Christmas chocolates with the least recyclable packaging

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Welcome to this week’s More Plastic Than Fish sustainable packaging update from ThePackHub. Welcome to this week’s More Plastic Than Fish sustainable packaging update from ThePackHub. It’s been another busy week from a sustainable packaging perspective with news from the UK, Australia and Germany in this week’s review.

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#1 Ferrero Rocher shamed as Christmas chocolates with the least recyclable packaging

Ferrero Rocher has been named and shamed as the Christmas chocolate box with the least recyclable packaging.

The vast majority (89%) of the packaging in a 359g Ferrero Rocher Collection box may be destined for landfill as it is made from non-recyclable plastic and foil, a study by consumer group Which? found.

Read more here.


#2 Plastic-free single-use sachets: Unilever to invest in crowdsource solution

Unilever has invested €100,000 (US $114,000) in a new plastic-free laundry tablet as part of its drive to “rethink” plastic packaging. The crowdsourced innovation has the potential to replace single-use sachets of laundry powder, a popular format for laundry detergents in the developing world.

Read more here

Launched this week. The country’s biggest crisp manufacturer Walkers is teaming up with recycler TerraCycle to launch the UK’s first crisp packet recycling scheme to deal with crisp packet waste.

Read more here.


#4 A Whopping 91% of Plastic Isn’t Recycled

Billions of tons of plastic have been made over the past decades, and much of it is becoming trash and litter, finds the first analysis of the issue.

Read more here.


#5 Pladis UK & Ireland to make all plastic packaging recyclable, reusable or compostable by 2015.

Pladis UK & Ireland, the snacking company behind McVitie’s, Jacob’s and go ahead! brands, has today announced a wide range of measures to reduce its environmental impact through plastic waste.

Read more here.


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Sustainable Packaging Innovations from the Innovation Zone


100% recyclable shrink film made from 30% post-consumer recyclate

Supplier: Stora Enso, Sulapac
Country:
Finland
Innovation Type:
Bio-Packaging, Material Substitution

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Self-adhesive label made of renewable grass paper

Supplier: VPF
Country: Germany
Innovation Type: Bio-packaging

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Re-usable alternative to tape saves time

Supplier: Box Latch Products
Country: USA
Innovation Type: Reusable packaging

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Alternative for heavy protection of palletised products is 100% paper-based

Supplier: Smurfit Kappa
Country: Europe
Innovation Type: Recyclable
More info: Innovation Zone

More info on these and nearly 2,900 other packaging innovations at ThePackHub Innovation Zone.


 

Piqet Life Cycle Analysis

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

Contact us to find out more.

 

Please visit ThePackHub website to find out more about the range of packaging innovation services we offer. We’ve delivered projects for a number of brand owner, retailer and packaging suppliers.

Until next time. We hope you have enjoyed this sustainable packaging update.


December 2018

Innovation Zone Snapshot – Personalised packs offer good seasonal gifting option

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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.

Find out about how to subscribe here.

Book a 15 minute online demo here.

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

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

If you would like to purchase a copy at this great value price, please use the link below. You will receive a printed copy as well as a PDF version:

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#1 Personalised packs offer good seasonal gifting option

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

More info in The Innovation Zone.


#2 Detachable panels deliver fully recyclable pouch

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


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

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

 

 

More info in The Innovation Zone.


#4 Unit-dose pack has push-through ease

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

More info in The Innovation Zone.


 

 

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Until next time. Happy innovating.


December 2018

More Plastic Than Fish – UK Government launches £60m green plastic packaging challenge

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Welcome to this week’s More Plastic Than Fish sustainable packaging update from ThePackHub. Welcome to this week’s More Plastic Than Fish sustainable packaging update from ThePackHub. It’s been another busy week from a sustainable packaging perspective with news from the UK, Australia and Germany in this week’s review.

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

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

If you would like to purchase a copy at this great value price, please use the link below:

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

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

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#1 UK Government launches £60m green plastic packaging challenge

The UK government has announced the launch of a new £60m innovation challenge, designed to accelerate the development of greener plastic packaging.

Read more here.


#2 Australia Cuts 80% of Plastic Bag Use in 3 Short Months

Three months after two of the largest supermarket chains banned plastic grocery bags, an estimated 1.5 billion bags have been prevented from use, an 80% reduction.

Read more here

Germany has introduced a 5-point action plan to combat the plastic waste in the country. The action plan aims at turning around from more and more to less and less waste with regards to packaging and short-lived items.

Read more here.


#4 Total ban on plastics ‘could damage environment’

Banning plastic in a bid to cut pollution and tackle climate change could cause environmental damage, a team of academics have claimed. Academics from Heriot-Watt University said replacing plastics with other packaging such as glass or metal could double global energy consumption.

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#5 TIPA survey: Nearly one in three UK consumers think all shops should be plastic free

Market research company OnePoll, which conducted the research on behalf of TIPA found that 70% of consumers would be more likely to shop with a brand that offers compostable packing.

Meanwhile, 39% of consumers expect retailers to make more use of compostable packaging, with 18% believing it is fair to expect brands to use compostable packaging in marketing messages.

Read more here.


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Sustainable Packaging Innovations from the Innovation Zone


100% recyclable shrink film made from 30% post-consumer recyclate

Supplier: RPC RPI
Country:
Europe
Innovation Type:
Recycled materials, Recyclable

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Hemp bioplastic has many potential packaging applications

Supplier: Hemp Plastic Company
Country: USA
Innovation Type: Bio-materials

More info: Innovation Zone

 


Plastic-free six-pack rings start beer brand test

Brand: Corona
Country: UK, Mexico
Innovation Type: Material substitution, New format

More info: Innovation Zone

 


Reusable cup made from recycled cups has contactless payment capability

Brand: Costa Coffee, James Cropper
Country: UK
Innovation Type: Recycled materials, Reusable packaging
More info: Innovation Zone

More info on these and nearly 2,900 other packaging innovations at ThePackHub Innovation Zone.


 

Piqet Life Cycle Analysis

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

Contact us to find out more.

 

Please visit ThePackHub website to find out more about the range of packaging innovation services we offer. We’ve delivered projects for a number of brand owner, retailer and packaging suppliers.

Until next time. We hope you have enjoyed this sustainable packaging update.


December 2018

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

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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 Wearable device allows visually-impaired to read packaging text

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

 

 

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

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

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

 

 

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

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

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Until next time. Happy innovating.


November 2018

More Plastic Than Fish – The Link between food waste and packaging

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Welcome to this week’s More Plastic Than Fish sustainable packaging update from ThePackHub. It’s been a very busy week from a sustainable packaging perspective with the new UK tax for plastic packaging creating the biggest stir. What do you think of this and the other sustainable news? Share your thoughts in our More Plastic Than Fish Facebook group.

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

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#1 The link between food waste and packaging

The reality is that 40 percent of the food that’s produced globally never even reaches its final destination as it becomes waste somewhere along the way.

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#2 In numbers: The growing consumer demand for sustainable packaging

A new survey of 7,000 consumers across seven European markets garnering their views on plastic packaging, packaging recyclability and related green policies has been published.

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If a Deposit-Return System on single-use plastic packaging is introduced, would it also include other materials? To look into this, FEVE commissioned a study to Oakdene Hollins to assess the impact of mandatory DRS measures for single-use beverage containers on glass recycling and the evolution of the packaging market.

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#4 Checking out on plastics – A survey of UK supermarkets’ plastic habits. 

 

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#5 We Cannot Recycle And Beach Clean Our Way Out Of A Plastics Crisis

In the few minutes it will take you to read this article, another five truckloads of plastic will have been dumped in the ocean.

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Sustainable Packaging Innovations from the Innovation Zone


Bio-material can indicate food deterioration by changing colour

Country: Brazil
Innovation Type:
Biodegradable, Food Preservation

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Cellulose fruit and vegetable nets introduction is a German first

Brand: Dennee
Country: Austria & Germany
Innovation Type: Bio-Packaging, Compostable

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Coffee brand becomes first in the world to use a compostable packaging for all types of packs

Supplier: Parkside
Brand: Percol Coffee
Country: UK
Innovation Type: Bio-packaging, Compostable

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Flatter bottle with cap-less design uses 50% less plastic

Brand; Procter & Gamble, Dawn
Country: USA
Innovation Type: E-commerce, Material Reduction
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Piqet Life Cycle Analysis

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

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Please visit ThePackHub website to find out more about the range of packaging innovation services we offer. We’ve delivered projects for a number of brand owner, retailer and packaging suppliers.

Until next time. We hope you have enjoyed this sustainable packaging update.


November 2018

More Plastic Than Fish – New tax for plastic packaging announced in UK Budget

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Welcome to this week’s More Plastic Than Fish sustainable packaging update from ThePackHub. It’s been a very busy week from a sustainable packaging perspective with the new UK tax for plastic packaging creating the biggest stir. What do you think of this and the other sustainable news? Share your thoughts in our More Plastic Than Fish Facebook group.

The Ellen MacArthur Foundation and the World Economic Forum warned that there will be More Plastic Than Fish in the sea by 2050, unless things change.

Keep up to date on the latest sustainable packaging news here. We hope you enjoy.

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


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More Plastic Than Fish  – Join the Conversation

 

More Plastic Than Fish Facebook Group from ThePackHub

 

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

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

You can join the group here.

 


#1 New tax for plastic packaging announced in UK Budget

The UK has vowed to introduce a plastic tax, which would impose a levy on all packaging that does not include at least 30 per cent recycled material.

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#2 Amazon is investing millions to keep packaging out of landfills

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Amazon announced last week that it would invest $10 million in the Closed Loop Fund. Closed Loop invests in recycling programs, sustainable goods and landfill reduction efforts. It does so through venture capital and impact investment funds designed to produce both financial and environmental returns.

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Kellogg Company and TerraCycle struck a deal that will allow consumers in the United Kingdom to return empty Pringles cans starting in December. Through the new program, shoppers can send the cans to TerraCycle, which plans to turn them into pellets for making products like benches and fence posts.

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#4 Latte levy ‘not needed’ as disposable coffee cup recycling peaks, industry claims

 

The so-called latte levy is ‘not needed’ now that coffee cup recycling rates have shot up from an estimated one in 400 to one in 25 in just two years, it has been claimed.

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#5 How can holistic packaging design alleviate marine litter?

A new white paper distills scientific research on the effects of plastic on ocean ecosystems and recommends ways the packaging industry can help reduce the amount of marine litter.

Read more here.


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Sustainable Packaging Innovations from the Innovation Zone


OPP film easily separated from sandwich packs to ensure board recycling

Supplier:Coveris
Country:
UK
Innovation Type:
Recyclable

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Banana cellulose based plastic-free tea bag range launched

Brand: Clipper
Country: UK
Innovation Type: New Format, Compostable

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Edible energy gel concept takes on littering challenge for athletes

Country: UK
Innovation Type: Bio-packaging, Biodegradable, Edible

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Reusable packaging system reduces packaging demand for Chinese e-commerce giant

Brand; JD
Country: China
Innovation Type: E-commerce, Reusable

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More info on these and 2,800 other packaging innovations at ThePackHub Innovation Zone.


 

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Piqet Life Cycle Analysis

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

Contact us to find out more.

 

Please visit ThePackHub website to find out more about the range of packaging innovation services we offer. We’ve delivered projects for a number of brand owner, retailer and packaging suppliers.

Until next time. We hope you have enjoyed this sustainable packaging update.


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