Category: Food packaging

September 2020

Innovation Zone Snapshot – Perfume bottle designed for dual usage occasions

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

We have selected four new initiatives for you today.

 

You can join nearly 6,500 others and stay up to speed on the latest packaging news from ThePackHub by following us on LinkedIn – www.linkedin.com/company/thepackhub

Out on Friday – Latest Early Bird Launch Offer

ThePackHub’s Refillable and Reusable Packaging Compendium 2020/21 is packed with vital trend information, analysis and insight from a global perspective.

Everything you need to know about the fast-growing refillable and reusable packaging market and more!

Find out which brands, retailers and suppliers are bringing refillable and reusable innovations to market and what you need to do to succeed.

Ends on Friday. Very Early Bird offer just £400 / $460 / €389* Save £50 and secure your Very Early Bird price now. 

Free Packaging Webinars from ThePackHub

This Thursday 24th September at 4 pm BST / 11:00 am ET

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.

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

Feel free to share with your colleagues.

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Thursday 24th September at 4 pm BST / 11:00 am ET

Book your free place now.

 


 

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#1 Perfume bottle designed for dual usage occasions

 

Aptar Beauty + Home has partnered with Japanese multinational personal care company Shiseido to create a new solution for the dispensing of perfumes. Issey Miyake’s L’Eau d’Issey now features a unique and versatile bottle offering two formats in one. A standard at-home ‘prestigious’ format has been combined with a travel format in a single set. The 2-in-1 bottle technology is a first for the already innovative perfume industry.  The novel double pack concept is called IGO / ISTAY. The ISTAY bottle is in keeping with the existing L’Eau d’Issey fragrance bottle design. The light and unbreakable IGO cap can be used out of the home and contains 20ml of fragrance and an integrated vaporizer. It clips to the ISTAY base to offer a travel format and can be used completely independently.


#2 World’s first unlimited returnable container subscription

A world first is being claimed with the introduction of an unlimited returnable container subscription for the food takeaway industry. The Innovation Zone has tracked several returnable containers schemes seemingly encouraged by a shift in consumer behaviour due to Covid-19 lockdown restrictions. The solution by barePack is claimed to be a practical service to make the takeaway food market more sustainable. It does away with single-use disposable packaging and allows for takeaways to be used on demand without consumers having to plan ahead to bring their own containers. Consumers can check out reusables from partner vendors and return reusables to any participating drop site using the GO Box app. barePack is a returnable container system that gives operators the opportunity to offer a more sustainable way to deliver takeaway. Each vendor is assigned a unique QR code, used by customers to check out their reusables. Vendors can simply self-select what containers or cups they wish to stock. barePack delivers an initial stock of clean reusables, deposit-free. Customers must have a barePack subscription and use the barePack app to borrow reusables. barePack staff regularly check where stock levels are to help re-adjust stock levels in the market. See also Czech reusable takeaway scheme aims to reduce packaging waste.

More info in The Innovation Zone.


#3 QR code Narrative Label uses 30 second audio clips and large-sized images for visually impaired

 

There are almost two million people living in the UK with sight loss and around 360,000 of those are registered as blind or partially sighted. An Italian start-up has developed a new initiative for food labels to help the visually-impaired understand vital pack information as well as be able to engage with a brand. An inclusive packaging solution sees the development of a QR code prototype. When the code is scanned on a pack it narrates olive oil packaging labels on a user’s smartphone. The “Narrative Label” uses a 30-second audio recording alongside a range of large-sized images, text and videos to detail the product contents. Sistemi e Servizi di Precisione (SISSPre) start-up has developed the QR code prototype, which is compatible with both Android and iOS systems. It is being trialed with 20 local businesses to test usability and user acceptance. The Narrative Label needs to be merely scanned for it to generate its contents. The content can be constantly updated by the brand owner without needing to change the QR code on the pack. Braille labeling on-pack can be cost-prohibitive.

 

More info in The Innovation Zone.


#4 Glue-free wooden cap features removable plastic inner for recycling

Wood packaging specialists Pujolasos delivers innovations to enhance sustainable perfume and cosmetic packaging. The Barcelona-based business has announced the introduction of a glue-free wooden cap, which has a removable and recyclable plastic inner, a first of its kind. The removable plastic inner means that it can be easily recycled post-use. Also made available is a mono-material threaded wooden cap. The recently developed patented wooden cap – the Woodle tackles the ongoing challenge of multi-material component recycling. The plastic inner is designed to be easily removed and then recycled after its useful life. Post-Consumer Recycled (PCR) plastic can also be incorporated to further enhance environmental credentials. The innovation is compatible with the majority of existing and potential perfumery and cosmetics packaging developments.

More info in The Innovation Zone.


Packaging question of the week

By 2025, how big will refillable and reusable packaging be? Vote and comment now.

Last week: 43% strongly agree that the growth of the refillable and reusable packaging market is a big opportunity for packaging suppliers.


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.


September 2020

Innovation Zone Snapshot – Recycled food grade soft plastic packaging is a cheese market first

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

We have selected four new initiatives for you today.

 

You can join nearly 6,500 others and stay up to speed on the latest packaging news from ThePackHub by following us on LinkedIn – www.linkedin.com/company/thepackhub

Latest Early Bird Launch Offer

ThePackHub’s Refillable and Reusable Packaging Compendium 2020/21 is packed with vital trend information, analysis and insight from a global perspective.

Everything you need to know about the fast-growing refillable and reusable packaging market and more!

Find out which brands, retailers and suppliers are bringing refillable and reusable innovations to market and what you need to do to succeed.

Ends on Friday. Very Early Bird offer just £400 / $460 / €389* Save £50 and secure your Very Early Bird price now. 

Free Packaging Webinars from ThePackHub

This Thursday 17th September at 4 pm BST / 11:00 am ET

Catch up on the latest pharmaceutical packaging innovations with ThePackHub’s one-hour assessment of the latest initiatives. We will cover many recent in-market and in-development innovations to inspire you and keep you up to speed.

We will be joined from Australia by Tim MacDonald, Vice President – Medical of Snapsil who will be discussing their innovative ease of use solutions.

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

Feel free to share with your colleagues.

Register for free:
This Thursday 17th September at 4 pm BST / 11:00 am ET

Book your free place now.

Thursday 24th September at 4 pm BST / 11:00 am ET

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.

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

Feel free to share with your colleagues.

Register for free:
Thursday 24th September at 4 pm BST / 11:00 am ET

Book your free place now.

 


 

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#1 Recycled food grade soft plastic packaging is a cheese market first

 

According to the 2019 UK Household Plastic Collection Survey, just over 5% of soft plastic is collected to be recycled into new material and that is non-food grade only. UK supermarket leaders Tesco plan to change that with the introduction of the first recycled food-grade soft plastic packaging from materials returned by their customers. A trial will see the retailer’s own label cheese brand use the recycled packaging via their supplier Bradburys. It will contain a minimum of 30% recycled material. Recycling collection points specifically for soft plastics were introduced in 10 south-west Tesco stores with a view to identifying ways to create a closed-loop recycling system. The material is sent to London-based leading chemical recycling company Plastic Energy. They used packaging is converted into oil through pyrolysis. This recycled oil is then used by SABIC in their production process to make new plastic pellets. Sealed Air produced the new packaging for seven different cheese variants. Work is ongoing to access scalability.


#2 Market leader makes snack tube switch to improve recycling

It has been estimated that three million Pringles tubes are sold every day across Europe. The distinctive pack is being re-designed due to it being very hard to recycle. The composition of the ubiquitous tube is complex comprising of a metal base, metal tear-off freshness lid, foil-lined cardboard sleeve topped off with a plastic cap. The combination of these materials is necessary to maintain a 15-month shelf life but makes it impossible to recycle through existing waste systems. New packs have been developed and are being tested in selected Tesco stores and made of 90% paper. The rest is made of polyAl (PE and aluminium combination) plastic barrier to protect the contents against both oxygen and moisture. Both recyclable plastic and paper lid options are also on trial.  Both will still produce the distinctive ‘pop’ sound strongly associated with the brand.  The new designs have been in development for a year. See also Introduction of 100% recyclable own-label crisp tube is a UK retailer first.

More info in The Innovation Zone.


#3 Easy opening pack allows for controlled dispense and accurate dosing

 

Forest Glenn, Queensland-based Snapsil Corporation is an Australian leader in easy to use packaging technology. They have developed a distinctive and innovative new way to open medical devices with ease. Their patented technology for the Centre Snap Powder pack is most suitable for medical and pharmaceutical applications for easy opening, controlled dispense and accurate dosing. Suitable for powdered products, the pack design makes it easy for consumers to check for any residual powder that might be left to help reduce product wastage and ensure all is used.  It offers a one-stop continuous dispense and delivers excellent and efficient evacuation of product. The pack is small and easy to carry making it perfect for on-the-go usage. The easy to open pack is available in a range of customizable shapes and sizes.

 

More info in The Innovation Zone.


#4 Paper beverage packaging testing switches to vodka bottles

Absolut Company is examining alternative to glass bottle formats with the announcement that it is testing a small quantity of paper-based bottles. The activity is part of its collaboration with Paboco, a joint venture between Swedish pulp and paper manufacturer BillerudKorsnäs and bottle manufacturer Alpla Group. Paboco’s other partners include Coca-Cola, Carlsberg and L’Oréal. The first production of 2,000 prototypes will be submitted for controlled testing in Sweden and then the UK. The latest model is made from a combination of 57% paper and 43% plastic. The whole bottle is recyclable and is made of 100% recycled content.  Following initial feedback from consumers, a second pilot production run is planned. Absolut Vodka and Absolut Mixt will be the first two products tested in the paper bottles. The recycled plastic makes up the single barrier layer for the bottle, which can successfully be recycled with processing systems for this material are already in place. The next stage of development is striving towards the ultimate goal of a fully bio-based bottle.

More info in The Innovation Zone.


Packaging question of the week

The growth of the refillable and reusable packaging market is a big opportunity for packaging suppliers? Vote and comment now.

Last week: 43% say paper-based bottles is the format for the future for the beverage industry.


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.


September 2020

Innovation Zone Snapshot – Wide spray pattern for new closure covers more surface area with less product

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

We have selected four new initiatives for you today.

 

You can join nearly 6,300 others and stay up to speed on the latest packaging news from ThePackHub by following us on LinkedIn – www.linkedin.com/company/thepackhub

Very Early Bird Launch Offer

ThePackHub’s Refillable and Reusable Packaging Compendium 2020/21 is packed with vital trend information, analysis and insight from a global perspective.

Everything you need to know about the fast-growing refillable and reusable packaging market and more!

Find out which brands, retailers and suppliers are bringing refillable and reusable innovations to market and what you need to do to succeed.

Ends on Friday. Very Early Bird offer just £350 / $460 / €389* Save £100 and secure your Very Early Bird price now. 

Free Packaging Webinars from ThePackHub

Thursday 17th September at 4 pm BST / 11:00 am ET

Catch up on the latest pharmaceutical packaging innovations with ThePackHub’s one-hour assessment of the latest initiatives. We will cover many recent in-market and in-development innovations to inspire you and keep you up to speed.

We will be joined from Australia by Tim MacDonald, Vice President – Medical of Snapsil who will be discussing their innovative ease of use solutions.

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

Feel free to share with your colleagues.

Register for free:
Thursday 17th September at 4 pm BST / 11:00 am ET

Book your free place now.

Thursday 24th September at 4 pm BST / 11:00 am ET

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.

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

Feel free to share with your colleagues.

Register for free:
Thursday 24th September at 4 pm BST / 11:00 am ET

Book your free place now.

 


 

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#1 Wide spray pattern for new closure covers more surface area with less product

 

A new innovation from St. Louis, Missouri-based designer and distributor of rigid packaging TricorBraun aims to improve user convenience with a closure that transforms how liquids are dispensed. Their new Halo Multi-Stream closure has created a point of difference and a unique selling point via a wide spray pattern that can cover more surface area with less product. This not only helps to save the consumer time but also reduces product waste. The closure can quickly cover large surface areas. The solution is most effective for low viscosity formulas. It has applications for home cleaning products as well as lawn and garden care and automotive products.


#2 Omni-phobic coating allows the printing multiple layers of circuits onto paper

Researchers from Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana have developed a paper-based smart and interactive interface that could one day see packaging incorporate a touchpad or keyboard to revolutionise consumer engagement. Purdue’s School of Industrial Engineering team has developed a new way of using paper. The technology is compatible with conventional large-scale printing processes. The research team has developed a printing process that could render any paper or cardboard packaging into a keyboard, keypad or other easy-to-use touch interfaces. It is hoped that the new technology can make food packaging interactive. The self-powered, paper-based electronic device renders the paper repellent to water, oil and dust through the coating of fluorinated molecules. This ‘omni-phobic’ coating allows for the printing of multiple layers of circuits onto paper without ink smearing from one layer to the next. Vertical pressure sensors do not require external battery power. Energy is harvested from contact with the user. The new technology could help verify if food is safe to be eaten or even allow consumers to sign a pack by properly identifying themselves as the pack’s valid recipient. See also Interactive food tray lets diner create music whilst they eat.

More info in The Innovation Zone.


#3 Specialised folding techniques for boxes reduces filling material and excessive volume

 

Munich, Germany-based Manyfolds offers a solution that reduces the amount of packaging required for the e-commerce market. The business has developed an automatic system making boxes with specialized folding that reduces the amount of packaging required and its subsequent environmental impact. The solution also eliminates filling material and reduces excessive and unnecessary volume. Manyfolds research has indicated that typically up to half of the volume in conventional packaging is unused. Manyfolds’ machine cuts and marks the corrugated board for folding so that items can be placed in the box for shipping. They claim that Manyfolds typically cuts excessive volume by 40%. The size-optimized packaging is created via a free app and cloud platform. Customers simply upload two pictures of the item to be sent and an algorithm comes up with a made-to-measure solution to send out the fit-for-purpose packaging within a few days. The boxes can made up as fast as a standard pack. See also Cut to size corrugated solution reduces packaging overuse.

 

More info in The Innovation Zone.


#4 Each seasonal beer bottle has millions of different and unique festive patterns

For this year’s festive season, Heineken USA has created a new range of unlimited bottle designs. Each one has a unique number assigned in conjunction with a one-of-a-kind design. High-speed digital print uses the HP Indigo Mosaic algorithm to generate the exciting prospect of millions of different, festive-influenced pattern designs to ensure that no two bottles are alike. The different patterns incorporate the familiar Heineken colour palette and have been created for personal consumption or for the gifting market. Festive point-of-sale will help to drive consumers to enter the sweepstakes by redeeming the unique number on their bottle label by text or QR code.  As part of the activity, Heineken will also offer consumers the opportunity to win $1 million in a combined off- and on-premise promotion called ‘You’re one in a billion, now win a million’. See also Danone supports flavoured water brand with 100,000 unique designs

More info in The Innovation Zone.


Packaging question of the week

Absolut is the latest beverage brand to test paper-based bottles. Is this format the future for the beverage industry? Vote and comment now.

Last week: 90% say that consumer understanding of sustainable packaging needs to improve.


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.


September 2020

Innovation Zone Snapshot – Retailer rewards shoppers for packs collected for recycling with free product

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

We have selected four new initiatives for you today.

 

You can join over 6,200 others and stay up to speed on the latest packaging news from ThePackHub by following us on LinkedIn – www.linkedin.com/company/thepackhub

Very Early Bird Launch Offer

ThePackHub’s Refillable and Reusable Packaging Compendium 2020/21 is packed with vital trend information, analysis and insight from a global perspective.

Everything you need to know about the fast growing refillable and reusable packaging market and more!

Find out which brands, retailers and suppliers are bringing refillable and reusable innovations to market and what you need to do to succeed.

Very Early Bird offer just £350 / $460 / €389* Save £100 and secure your Very Early Bird price now. 

Free Packaging Webinars from ThePackHub

Thursday 17th September at 4 pm BST / 11:00 am ET

Catch up on the latest pharmaceutical packaging innovations with ThePackHub’s one-hour assessment of the latest initiatives. We will cover many recent in-market and in-development innovations to inspire you and keep you up to speed.

We will be joined from Australia by Tim MacDonald, Vice President – Medical of Snapsil who will be discussing their innovative ease of use solutions.

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

Feel free to share with your colleagues.

Register for free:
Thursday 17th September at 4 pm BST / 11:00 am ET

Book your free place now.

Thursday 24th September at 4 pm BST / 11:00 am ET

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.

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

Feel free to share with your colleagues.

Register for free:
Thursday 24th September at 4 pm BST / 11:00 am ET

Book your free place now.

 


 

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 Retailer rewards shoppers for packs collected for recycling with free product

 

Natura is a Brazilian global personal care cosmetics group headquartered in São Paulo. The business is boosting its sustainability credentials with the launch of a reverse logistics programme to encourage consumers to recycle often difficult packaging. For every five full-size packs that shoppers bring back to participating cosmetics stores, they will receive a free new pack as a generous recycling incentive. The activity applies across Natura’s four Brazilian retail brands: Avon, Natura, The Body Shop and Aesop. The operation is taking place in conjunction with global recycling experts TerraCycle who are responsible for managing the collection and subsequent recycling of the packaging. The collected material will create new plastic items such as garden furniture, plant pots, traffic cones, vegetable boxes and other utensils. The activity is taking place in 60 Brazilian Natura shopping stores and 35 The Body Shop outlets. The purpose is to promote the accurate disposal of packaging, recycling with an over-arching circular economy. The initiative is part of Natura’s recently launched “Commitment to Life” plan.


#2 Spout attachment reduces plastic use by approximately 50%

Tokyo-based chemical and cosmetics company Kao Corporation has been striving to reduce plastic consumption with the development of a new packaging solution that promises to reduce plastic use by a reported 50% compared with plastic bottles with a pump dispenser. The Raku-raku Switch attaches directly to its Eco-Pack Refill packs to turn them into primary packaging to reduce plastic use compared to plastic bottles that use a pump dispenser. The Raku-raku Switch attaches to the opening of the refill pack, which is made of plastic film. At the other end of the switch is a dispenser spout. In the middle is a soft button that when pressed releases a fixed amount of the liquid contents to be dispensed. This makes the product easy to use with little physical effort required The design also helps maintain a sanitary state by preventing air and water from entering even whilst the contents are being dispensed. The solution also ensures that all the liquid content is used. Kao plans to study its application in a wide range of future products.

More info in The Innovation Zone.


#3 Blueberry lidding film and punnet for can now be recycled together

 

Asda has a mission to make all of its own brand packaging across all materials 100% recyclable by 2025. The Wallmart-owned retailer and the third biggest in the UK is working on many packaging initiatives to make this a reality. One of these is the announcement of the introduction of the first 100% recyclable blueberry punnet, including the film lid. The supermarket chain’s initiative will mean that 5.5 million previously unrecyclable film lids can now be recycled alongside the punnet every year. The first 100% recyclable blueberry punnet means shoppers can now recycle the punnets and film as a whole, without removing the lid. The punnets have been designed so that the film lid cannot be removed making the whole tray recycling process intuitive and straight forward. Customers can now purchase the 100% recyclable blueberry punnets in-store and online. The retailer has announced the plans for a trial on several other fruit punnets including grapes and tomatoes that could ultimately save around 110 million lids per year. The packaging has been created by second-largest privately owned food processing business in the UK, IPL International Procurement and Logistics

 

More info in The Innovation Zone.


#4 Washable Snack’n’Go food bag reduces single-use sandwich packaging

The drive to reduce single-use packaging and decrease household plastic waste has led to some inventive reusable pack alternatives from around the world. European retailer Spar is on the case and has introduced a new reusable packaging solution for food items for their Interspar hypermarket chain across Hungary. The washable Snack’n’Go food bag is a BPA-free solution, suitable for the packaging of a variety of different items such as fruit and vegetables, sandwiches and even seeds. The inside of the distinctive-looking bag is made of a stain repellent material. It does not allow moisture to pass through but still offers excellent breathability to help keep produce in optimum condition. It is not clear how much this will cost shoppers to purchase. See also Reusable sandwich bag pushes for funding.

More info in The Innovation Zone.


Packaging question of the week

Does consumer understanding of sustainable packaging need to improve?  Vote and comment now.

Last week: 60% say that the packaging industry starting to get back to pre-Covid 19 normality.


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 – Easy to open medical device solution helps protect contents

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

We have selected four new initiatives for you today.

 

You can join over 6,200 others and stay up to speed on the latest packaging news from ThePackHub by following us on LinkedIn – www.linkedin.com/company/thepackhub

Coming soon…


 

Packaging question of the week

Is the packaging industry starting to get back to pre-Covid 19 normality?  Vote and comment now. 


 

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 Easy to open medical device solution helps protect contents

An innovative new way to open medical devices with ease has been created by Snapsil Corporation. The Australia-based business leads in the development of innovative, easy to use packaging technology and has developed a series of patented applications for easier to use pharmaceutical and medical packaging. This time sees the development of an enhanced tamper evidence solution that also delivers robust protection of packaging. The packaging has been designed to ensure easy access of the contents. The pack is available in a range of customizable shapes and designs and the thermoformed packaging is seen as a cost-efficient solution. Reclosable options can also be adopted if required. Snapsil’s patented and customizable technology delivers innovative packaging experiences that can help differentiate brands.


#2 Discarded palm fibres converted into compostable food packaging material

A UAE start-up is turning unwanted palm fibres into compostable food packaging materials. The country has a widely abundant local palm leaf resource. Palm Co has developed a process where fibre is extracted from the leaves of palm trees. Water and latex is mixed into the fibres where it is then dried and moulded and coated with latex into shape. Latex is a naturally occurring resource that does not affect compostability. The material is estimated to compost in around 90 days. The new packaging is deemed best suited for fresh foods applications such as fruits and vegetables as well as potentially beverage products. The company is working with researchers from The Netherlands University of Wageningen to turn the initial concepts into a tangible products. Technologies such as a colour-changing freshness indicators that react with oxygen could also be included. Palm Co claim that since it is using palm oil by-product from waste extraction, the cost could be on par to the price of conventional packaging.Palm Co is reported to be the first in the world to use palm fibre in food packaging.

More info in The Innovation Zone.


#3 Powder-based personal care range reduces packaging use as well as CO2 emissions

 

Kellogg’s is aiming to make going back to school special for children with a new digital print inspired promotion. The activity sees the introduction of a free personalised cereal box cover in exchange for three unique codes found inside Kellogg’s promotional packs. The back to school season is an important trading period for Kellogg’s and is claimed to the third biggest retail period in the year. The cereal brand is keen to be active at this time with this new promotion.  Parents just need to choose their box and upload their child’s name, age and favourite colour and photo, which will all appear on the child’s very own one-of-a-kind cereal box cover. This is the first time that Kellogg’s has introduced personalised sleeves in the UK. Digital print for packaging has helped to make this a reality. This is a box that might just get to be reused time and time again.

 

More info in The Innovation Zone.


#4 Beverage can ‘seconds’ reuse helps reduce production waste

Multinational brewery and pub chain based in Ellon, Scotland, BrewDog like to do things differently.  The maverick brand is often in the news with several headline-grabbing initiatives of late. The brand is another unusual initiative in its sustainability efforts to become a zero-waste business. They have publically acknowledged that the beverage can printing process is quite inefficient. They estimate that almost a billion otherwise perfectly good cans are wasted every year in the UK alone. Several factors contribute to this high number. Print-ready processes, minimum run sizes, various errors in production and inaccuracies in forecasting lead to significant waste. BrewDog has started an initiative to save the cans that would otherwise go to waste. Their Punk IPA brand is now available in Trash Cans variant that sees cans saved and reused. The cans lack uniformity but the brand is keen to assure drinkers that it is what is inside that is important.

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 – Shower care range start refill trial in German drugstores

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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 (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.

 

Catch up on last week’s Sustainable Packaging Review Webinar

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9rgkVXLt9GI&t=4s


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.

 

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#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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#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.

 

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#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.

 

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#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.

 

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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.

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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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#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.

 

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#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.

 

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July 2020

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

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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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#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.

 

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#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.

 

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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 – Label-free water bottle reduces usage of unrecyclable packaging

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

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#1 Label-free water bottle reduces usage of unrecyclable packaging

Could this be the new standard for the bottled water industry to follow? Danone’s Evian brand is launching a label-free 100% recycled water bottle as a way to reduce the usage of unrecyclable packaging. Whist labels are technically recyclable, a lot of facilities don’t have the infrastructure to process, so the labels end up being disposed of or used to produce energy. The label-free execution gives the bottle a clean and uncluttered look. Further investigation reveals that the bottle will be distributed in selected hotels, restaurants and hospitality venues where there isn’t a need for a barcode. A further expansion to shop shelves (with barcode on the cap?) might be a challenge for a ‘naked’ bottle like this in the future as it would present a challenge to be able to differentiate between brands and from cheaper alternatives that could also all look quite similar. ThePackHub also tracked the I Lohas water brand in Japan going label-free for their multipack bottles. See also Label-free recycled water bottle cuts down on packaging waste.

More info in The Innovation Zone.


#2 Bubble wrap alternative made from sheep’s wool in development

Estonian start-up Woola produces compostable packaging from leftover sheep wool. The sustainably-positioned bubble wrap alternative is made from sheep’s wool making use of an abundant resource that is usually thrown away. The quality is not sufficient for fabric production. Woola claims that 90% of sheep wool equating to 153 tons is thrown away in Estonia every year.  Wool is a natural resource that regenerates every year and it is effectively available for free. Sheep wool’s functional properties ensure that it is shockproof and has thermal insulation (for both heat and cold). It is also able to lock in moisture (up to 37% of its own mass). The production process is automated. Woola claims that customers are willing to pay at least a 25% more for their products compared with less-sustainably perceived alternatives. The product is at-home compostable within six months. The business hopes to disrupt the e-commerce market. See also Wool based insulation alternative for pharmaceutical products and Surplus poultry feathers used as packaging material.

#3 Packaging made from farm waste biomass wraps natural soap

Polish start-up company MakeGrowLab has been busy behind the scenes developing their biomaterial packaging alternative, Scoby Packaging. See Packaging sourced from kombucha plant is edibleThe idea for Scoby Packaging was first considered as part of a university project of one of the founders. The material is made from farm waste biomass garnered from unwanted roots, fruits and vegetables. The resources are collected from local food producers in east Poland adjacent to MakeGrowLab’s operations. It is made from the same process as fermented drink kombucha. All parts of the food waste are used to extract cellulose, which is then reconstructed through a microbiological process to form cellulose sheets. The film-like membrane has a six-month shelf life and can also slow food decay. The material is also edible, with a similar taste to kombucha. At the end of its useful life, the material can be used as a soil fertilizer. Scoby Packaging’s first commercial outing is with a local soap brand Manaika Natural Cosmetics to package their range of natural soaps. The materials have the potential to be used in a variety of different sectors such as in the food, medical, fashion and industrial industries

 

More info in The Innovation Zone.


#4 Paper alternative to shrink film and wrap-around cartons for food and beverage cans launched

International manufacturer of filling and packaging equipment for the beverage, food and non-food sectors, KHS Group has announced that it now has the capability to wrap food and beverage cans in paper as an alternative to shrink film and wrap-around cartons. The move is seen as a significant step to reduce the amount of plastic waste being generated. Only a few minor re-engineering adjustments are needed to convert its existing Innopack Kisters system to implement the changes. The standard tray separation, gluing and can feed components are the same as the established KHS machines already on the market making expensive new machinery investments unnecessary. The wrapping of cans in paper is seen to have some environmental advantages over plastic due to it being able to biodegrade in the environment. The new capability also means that fewer packaging materials are used. Costs are reportedly cut by 15% when compared with wrap around cartons, with the change being cost neutral compared to film.

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.


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