Category: Innovation

October 2019

Innovation Zone Snapshot – Edible seaweed-based capsules contain special edition whisky

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

ThePackHub collates up to 20 new packaging innovations every week. We have selected four brand new initiatives that we hope will be on interest to you below.

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#1 Edible seaweed-based capsules contain special edition whisky

Glenlivet Whisky has a distillery near Ballindalloch in Moray, Scotland. The brand has introduced the ‘Capsule Collection’ of edible capsules made from seaweed. Each one contains a special edition of Founders Reserve based whisky recipes.  The capsule was invented and manufactured by UK based company Notpla (formerly Skipping Rocks Lab). See Seaweed-based sauce sachets decompose within six weeks. They were also responsible for the production of forty two thousand capsules filled with Lucozade sports drink for this year’s London Marathon. The Glenlivet Capsule Collection is available in just one bar in London for a limited period. Notpla is currently developing and testing out further products that include crisp packets, pasta sachets and dry goods packaging.

 

More info in The Innovation Zone.


#2 Soap used to create packaging-free shampoo and shower gel range

New packaging developed by a Berlin-based designer aims to replace single-use plastic with a more environmentally-friendly alternative that leaves no trace.  Soapbottle is the brainchild of Jonna Breitenhuber and sees the creation of a pack for shampoo and shower gel made from soap. The biodegradable concept effectively turns the product itself into its own packaging to completely avoid any waste that can be completely avoided. The remains of the bottle can be used as hand soap or reprocessed into detergents or cleaning agents. The soap packaging is not the perfect solution from a functional perspective. Unlike plastic, it is unbreakable, is water soluble and also becomes slippery when used.  However, this does look a more viable alternative to another solution the Innovation Zone reported of this type recently Shampoo packaging made out of soap is probably not the next big bathroom item.

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#3 Glass beer bottle recycling machines start Brazilian trial

The Heineken Group is making it easier for Brazilian consumers to recycle their glass beer bottles with the introduction of nine machines placed in Pão de Açúcar and Extra supermarkets. The Volte Semper grinding machines form part of Heineken’s More With Less Movement that seeks to promote the correct disposal of packaging waste. Any beer bottle of any size from any brand can be disposed for onsite crushing. The consumer will receive R $0.10 (£0.02) cashback for each glass bottle deposited. When a R $20 balance is achieved, the consumer can redeem the amount to their bank account. The machines are owned by Seiva Coleta, a glass processing business in Minas Gerais. Technology allows for the communication to the logistics partner when a unit reaches 70% of its capacity to automatically request a waste collection, which is carried out by motorcyclists. See also Reverse vending scheme starts Brazil market roll out.

 

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#4 Marine plastic recycling is a food and drink packaging first

As part of Coca-Cola’s 2025 Sustainability Action Plan pledge they will collect a can or bottle for every one that it sells as well as ensure that all of its packaging is 100% recyclable and that its plastic bottles will have at least 50% recycled content. The business continues to introduce initiatives to progress this vision with the development of a bottle made from 25% recycled marine plastic. The material has been retrieved from the Mediterranean Sea and beach areas and is a first for use in food and drink packaging. The Innovation Zone has noted initiatives using ocean plastic for personal care, industrial and household applications previously. See for example Dishwasher detergent pack made from plastic from the sea.  Coca Cola have created 300 proof of concept prototypes following a collaboration with Ioniqa Technologies, Indorama Ventures and Mares Circulare. Ioniqa is a clean-tech spinoff from the Eindhoven University of Technology that specialises in creating value out of plastic waste.

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.


October 2019

Innovation Zone Snapshot – Digitally printed cup is made directly from the label

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Welcome to this week’s Innovation Zone snapshot from ThePackHub.
ThePackHub collates up to 20 new packaging innovations every week. We have selected four brand new initiatives that we hope will be on interest to you below.

 

ThePackHub collates up to 20 new packaging innovations every week. We have selected four brand new initiatives that we hope will be on interest to you below.
You can join over 3,000 others and stay up to speed on the latest packaging news from ThePackHub by following us on LinkedIn – www.linkedin.com/company/thepackhub

#1 Digitally printed cup is made directly from the label

A distinctive new patent-pending label-based beverage cup is being introduced by start-up company Cup-It in what is being claimed is the next-generation of labels. The business is using digitally printed cups that are constructed directly from the label. The label-to-pouch application uses a peel and tear strip to remove the label from the bottle so that individual pouches can be removed from the whole label. The label is opened up and formed into cups that can be directly drunk from and is seen as a practical way to share the contents of large drink bottles. The solution is seen as a plastic-waste reducing approach to label printing.  The labels are digitally printed offering short runs, the ability to create multiple SKUs, pack versioning and a speedy turnaround. The labels offer brands a great promotional tool for outdoor and sporting events as well as for sales promotions. The video below helps to bring the innovation to life.

 

More info in The Innovation Zone.


#2 Paper-based cosmetics tube set to shake up market

L’Oréal have announced the exciting development of a paper-based tube that could shake up the cosmetics market. The breakthrough innovation briught to market alongside Gennevilliers, France-based cosmetic packaging experts Albéa meets the need that many cosmetic brand owners have to reduce the amount of plastic packaging. It is reported to be the first carton-based cosmetic tube, where plastic is for the most part replaced with a certified paper-like material. Its full benefits to the environment will be assessed through a multi-criteria Life Cycle Analysis. The new technological solution has a target first market launch for skincare products for the second half of 2020. See also Tube packs promise to simplify tea drinking on-the-go.

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#3 Online refill pouches include postal recycle scheme

Scottish distillery Dunnet Bay has announced the introduction of a fully recyclable pouch for its Rock Rose gin brand. Rock Rose is well known in the market for its collectable hand signed ceramic bottles that are popular with drinkers. Shoppers are encouraged to keep their previously bought bottles and order 70cl pouches to refill their bottles. The pouch weighs 65 grams compared to 700 grams for a bottle. The pouches have been designed to fit through letterboxes. There is a significant saving of £4 over the price of ordering a new ceramic bottle. The pouches can be returned to Dunnet Bay via a freepost postal recycling scheme. A four layer laminate pouch has been designed to lock in all the freshness of the gin, with an easy-to-use plastic spout closure. The refill solution will be recycled by TerraCycle. Dunnet Bay are also offering in-store refills at their distillery retaill outlet.  See also Pouch refills create ‘bottles for life’ spirit packaging.

 

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#4 Refillable milk scheme proves popular with shoppers

A retailer is tackling the challenge of single-use use packaging with the introduction of a refillable milk scheme. Siop Ellis in Anglesey, Wales has taken steps to tackle the problem of plastic waste by installing a milk machine for customers to fill their bottles themselves. Shoppers can buy reusable glass bottles from the outlet or can bring in their own containers. The outlet has a 14 litre tank, which with current demand is emptied and replenished around three times per day. The machine dispenses locally-sourced, semi-skimmed milk.  This is the first example we have tracked of dispensing milk with most of the refillable examples tracked so far from the health and beauty and household sectors.  The initiative ties in with the recent announcement that Anglesey has become the first county in the UK to be awarded ‘plastic free’ community status. See also Refillable shower gel station is nod to the past.

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.


September 2019

Innovation Zone Snapshot – Compostable wrap tackles cucumber packaging challenge

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Welcome to this week’s Innovation Zone snapshot from ThePackHub.
ThePackHub collates up to 20 new packaging innovations every week. We have selected four brand new initiatives that we hope will be on interest to you below.

 

ThePackHub’s 10th packaging seminar Sustainable Packaging Innovations 2019 is this week on Thursday 3rd October –  We will be joined by delegates from Coca Cola, Pret, Waitrose, Premier Foods, Mars Petcare, Lavazza, BAT, Twinings, Innocent Drinks, PepsiCo, Baylis & Harding and more. We have some great presentations covering a range of sustainable packaging subjects including Enval, Happen, RPC bpi, TIPA, API, Colliods, GAIA Biomaterials, Essentra and much more.  Find out more and book your place here.

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#1 Compostable wrap tackles cucumber packaging challenge

The plastic wrap used to extend the shelf life of cucumbers is often held up as the example for debating the virtues of plastic used in packaging. Pro parties claim the material adds vital days to the life of the product whilst detractors claim the single-use unrecyclable material should not be used. South Australian produce business IG Fresh Produce and packaging company Peak Fresh have made the debate slightly harder with the development of a 100% biodegradable compostable cucumber wrap.  This has been developed for use by independent supermarket business, Drakes Supermarkets in their 38 stores in South Australia and replaces the traditional shrink-wrap. Claimed to be a game changer for the supermarket and grocery industry, the product development took 12 months. Future plans for the biodegradable and compostable wrap include other fresh fruit packaging and meat products. Following the Drakes Supermarkets trial the plan is to make the product available to other supermarket chains.

 

More info in The Innovation Zone.


#2 Cheese brand uses NFC tags to engage with shoppers

The growth and development of NFC tags for packaging applications has thus far been mainly for high end and premium sectors such as perfume and alcohol. Kraft Heinz is challenging this convention with the introduction of a mobile-activated pack for Kraft Singles cheese. The relatively low priced packs with be available from Walmart. The NFC tags creates an interactive mobile experience for shoppers to use their smartphones to engage with the brand on a number of different levels. They can get a coupon, see recipe suggestions or enter a competition. The packaging interacts with the near-field communications (NFC) chip in modern smartphones. This is a more interactive way than the use of a QR code printed on pack to engage with consumers. Kraft Heinz gets vital marketing information such as email, state of residence and date of birth to enter the contest. Kraft Heinz worked with marketing technology company TPG Rewards to offer the solution.

More info in The Innovation Zone.

#3 Printable RFID paper sheets developed for labels

Moscow, Russia headquartered company ISBC Group has developed printable RFID paper that can be used to create packaging labels. The ready-to-print sheets are an alternative to the traditional method of RFID tags on rolls.  The new technology involves RFID chips and antennas being built into sheets and has a positioning accuracy of the antenna is within one tenth of a millimetre. ISBC Group’s aim is to make RFID technologies as affordable as any usual sheet-to-sheet printing. The integrated circuits and antennas can be positioned in the paper according to the requirements of print houses. There are no visual bumps in the paper after printing, which can be achieved using HP Indigo printers. The tags are able to withstand both heating and cooling during the printing process. The solution results in a cost of around 20 cents (16 pence) per tag. In time, it will be possible to build the paper using ISBC’s new printing technology allowing print houses the opportunity to personalise the labels inside the sheets.

 

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#4 Lettuce and artichoke remains used to make new packaging

A Spanish start-up has developed an innovative process to manufacture packaging materials from agricultural vegetable waste. Feltwood Raw Material have developed a technology that produces environmentally-friendly industrial materials from agricultural plant waste, without adding any plastic, adhesive or binder.  The food and agricultural economies generates a large amount of waste. The parts of lettuce or artichoke that are not eaten, as well as other sorts of plant waste, go through an industrial process in order for new materials to be manufactured. The plant waste is moulded to create products that are 100% biodegradable, recyclable and compostable. The materials are made from plant fibers extracted from more than 30 different sorts of plant waste. The list of crops used includes lettuce, artichoke and pineapple. Feltwood have developed four iterations so far. ‘Insulation’ is focused on the construction sector. ‘Anti-Impact’ has properties for protective packaging. ‘Pack’ can be used for the light packaging industry and ‘Hard’ is intended for furniture applications.

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.


September 2019

Innovation Zone Snapshot – Plastic shrink-wrap replaced with cardboard for consumer multipacks

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Welcome to this week’s Innovation Zone snapshot from ThePackHub.
ThePackHub collates up to 20 new packaging innovations every week. We have selected four brand new initiatives that we hope will be on interest to you below.

 

ThePackHub’s 10th packaging seminar Sustainable Packaging Innovations 2019 is next week on Thursday 3rd October –  We will be joined by delegates from Coca Cola, Pret, Waitrose, Premier Foods, Mars Petcare, Lavazza, BAT, Twinings, Innocent Drinks and more. We have some great presentations covering a range of sustainable packaging subjects including Enval, Happen, RPC bpi, TIPA, API, Colliods, GAIA Biomaterials, Essentra and much more.  Find out more and book your place here.

ThePackHub’s Top Supplier Guide is out now. Find out more and order here.

You can also join over 3,000 others and stay up to speed on the latest packaging news by following ThePackHub on LinkedIn – www.linkedin.com/company/thepackhub


#1 Plastic shrink-wrap replaced with cardboard for consumer multipacks

The move to replace plastic in consumer good brands continues at a pace. Coca-Cola has a policy to reduce the amount of the material in their business and has announced that they will no longer use plastic shrink-wrap on can multipacks sold for the UK market initially and rolled out to Europe. A transition to recyclable cardboard will take place over the next 18 months across their range of carbonated soft drink brands. Four, six and eight packs of cans will be packaged in 100% recyclable, sustainably-sourced cardboard. The move will remove 4,000 tonnes of plastic from circulation.  The shrink-wrap being replaced is already recyclable, but only approximately 10% of UK local authorities currently collect the material. This compares to just about all (98%) of local authorities collect cardboard. Multipacks of 10 cans are already collated in cardboard. See also Recyclable cardboard sleeve to replace plastic wrap for leading beer brand.

More info in The Innovation Zone.


#2 Plastic-free barrier paperboard for food is easy to recycle

Leading European producer of fresh fibre paperboard, Metsä Board has developed a new plastic-free barrier paperboard for food applications. The MetsäBoard Prime FBB EB is made of fresh fibres from sustainably managed forests. The FSC certified material is safe for direct food contact and free from fluorochemicals. Prime FBB EB has a medium barrier against moisture and grease making it particularly suitable for food and food service packaging applications. It is claimed to be the brightest OBA (Optical Brightening Agent)-free board on the market that delivers excellent printability. The barrier board is plastic-free. Importantly, it does not require a plastic separation process so it is easy and inexpensive to recycle. Its lightweight configuration helps to contribute to a reduction in carbon footprint throughout the whole supply chain. See also Food industry cardboard grades are plastic-free.

More info in The Innovation Zone.

#3 Refillable shower gel station is nod to the past

The Body Shop now has some 3,000 stores in more than 60 countries. Like all retailers, it is under pressure to reduce the amount of packaging in the business. The cosmetics, skin care and perfume retailer has announced a new initiative that sees a refillable shower gel system installed in its busiest UK store. The new concept store in central London is an attempt to return to its roots. The chain had previously scrapped a similar refillable scheme two decades ago due to lack of shopper demand and confusion on how it worked. Times are different now and it if felt the new initiative could have real traction in the market.  The Body Shop’s trial refill station will initially just be for shower gel. The Bond Street store will also include a water station for shoppers to refill their beverage bottles. Aspects of the pilot are likely to be rolled out to stores in Europe and North America if successful. see also Beauty product refill initiative hits UK high street.

 

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#4 Reusable box is a nod to e-commerce packaging future

The fast evolving e-commerce sector is seeing some significant changes in packaging design to improve both functionality as well as to increase sustainability. DS Smith has recently helped a leading UK premium clothing brand with a new recyclable e-commerce pack. The reusable box has been developed for Ted Baker. The retailer was aiming to further improve on the 27% of its boxes that are reused every year. To accompany the new box, a reusable and resealable sleeve has been designed. A sleeve helps to protect the parcel during transportation. It also means that consumers can return unwanted items in the very same box by simply reversing the sleeve and putting it back around the box. It arrives back to the depot label-free so can be used again for other customer orders, doing up to three additional courier journeys.  See also One-piece corrugated box can be turned inside-out for returns or gifting.

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.


September 2019

Innovation Zone Snapshot – Grey recycled plastic positioned as a positive

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Welcome to this week’s Innovation Zone snapshot from ThePackHub.
ThePackHub collates up to 20 new packaging innovations every week. We have selected four brand new initiatives that we hope will be on interest to you below.

ThePackHub will be exhibiting at Packaging Innovations, Olympia this week – 11th & 12th September. If you are attending make sure you come and see us at stand G48. We will have some great event-only offers on our products and services.

ThePackHub’s 10th packaging seminar Sustainable Packaging Innovations 2019 is on Thursday 3rd October –  Latest Early Bird offer now available ends on Friday 13thSave £60. Find out more and book your place here.

ThePackHub’s Top Supplier Guide is out now. Find out more and order here.

You can also stay up to speed on the latest packaging news by following ThePackHub on LinkedIn – www.linkedin.com/company/thepackhub

You can click here to subscribe to ThePackHub’s regular packaging blogs.


#1 Grey recycled plastic positioned as a positive

Reckitt Benckiser (RB) has made continued efforts towards fulfilling its pledge to make 100% of its packaging recyclable and for it to contain at least 25% recycled content by 2025. The global brand owner has seized the opportunity to exploit the potential for recycled polypropylene (rPP) content. The material has not been that popular to date as it tends to be available in an unconventional grey colour. This is a consequence of mixing up and recycling different colours of plastics. It is claimed that RB is the first big brand to use it undyed at scale for their leading Finish Quantum Ultimate product. The new Finish tubs have a 30% rPP content and are visibly grey. No attempts have been made to use masking pigments or masterbatch additives to make it look more black. On the contrary, RB is promoting the colour as a positive. RB are taking what can often become waste and upcycling it to help create a circular economy.

More info in The Innovation Zone.


#2 Impactful tape allows consumers to reseal multi-portion pack to keep product fresh

With the majority of packaging innovation focus rightly on sustainability at the moment it can be easy to forget that improving pack functionality can also be an important reason to implement change. UK snack brand Kettle Foods have recently launched the RE:CLOSE tape from manufacturer and distributor of tapes Essentra. The solution allows consumers to reseal the multi-portion pack and keep the product fresh. The eight-colour printed RE:CLOSE tape also delivers lots of shelf impact too to interrupt the shopper journey in-store.  RE:CLOSE is applied to the existing vertical form fill and seal packaging lines alongside Essentra’s applicators. The tape incorporates a finger lift area that runs along both sides to make it straight forward to lift away from the pack. It can be resealed and reclosed up to 10 times to satisfy the consumption habits of snackers. The RE:CLOSE tape gives snack brand owners the opportunity to also cost-effectively add on-pack promotions without the need to change the existing packaging artwork.

More info in The Innovation Zone.

#3 Refillable pods reduce single-use cleaning products use

UK retailer Morrisons has announced the introduction of cleaning products available in refill pods as a measure to reduce single-use plastics use. In what is a first for a UK supermarket, the plan is for an initial small test of seven stores to sell a range of cleaning products in refill pods. The OceanSaver pods will allow customers to reuse their existing spray bottles just by adding the pods and mixing them with water. The cost of individual pods is £1.50. A starter pack that also includes a ‘Bottle for Life’ with a pod inside is £2.50. The reusable Bottle for Life is recyclable. The dilution process at home ensures that Morrisons will transport 99% less water significantly reducing supply chain costs and carbon emissions. Extra reading. See Morrison’s Corporate Responsibility Report. See also At-home refill system shakes up cleaning spray market.

 

More info in The Innovation Zone.


#4 Block butter packaging makes comeback in reclosable box

Arla Foods are responding to consumer frustrations for  the conventional butter pack formats with new block butter packaging for Lurpak brand. The introduction into the UK market sees a response based on compelling consumer research results that revealed that 45% of consumers agree that block butter packaging is messy to use and over half (57%) would be more likely to purchase said packaging if it was easier to open and reseal.  The new Lurpak Butterbox adds value to the block butter category via a useful reclosable box to help overcome the challenges of perceived messiness and inconvenience. The Lurpak Butterbox is available in Asda stores in the UK in a 12 x 225g format. See also Aluminium-free butter wrap offers sustainable alternative.

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.


September 2019

Innovation Zone Snapshot – Cardboard sleeves replace plastic shrink film for tinned tuna

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Welcome to this week’s Innovation Zone snapshot from ThePackHub.
ThePackHub collates up to 20 new packaging innovations every week. We have selected four brand new initiatives that we hope will be on interest to you below.

ThePackHub will be exhibiting at Packaging Innovations, Olympia next week 11th & 12th September. If you are attending make sure you come and see us at stand G48.

Our new Packaging Innovation Briefing Report for August is out now. Find out more and order here.

ThePackHub’s 10th packaging seminar Sustainable Packaging Innovations 2019 is on Thursday 3rd October –  Latest Early Bird offer now availableSave £60. Find out more and book your place here.

ThePackHub’s Top Supplier Guide is out now. Find out more and order here.

You can also stay up to speed on the latest packaging news by following ThePackHub on LinkedIn – www.linkedin.com/company/thepackhub

You can click here to subscribe to ThePackHub’s regular packaging blogs.


#1 Cardboard sleeves replace plastic shrink film for tinned tuna

Aldi will become the first supermarket in the UK to replace plastic packaging on multipacks of tinned tuna. If the short trial is successful, it will be rolled out nationally saving more than 11 tonnes of plastic every year. The German supermarket chain is to start selling four-packs of their own-label canned tuna chunks in cardboard sleeves instead of plastic. The initiative is a first for the sector in the UK. This is part of an ongoing sustainable packaging programme that sees Aldi on track to reduce plastic packaging by 25% by the end of 2023 as well as make all their own label packaging recyclable, reusable or compostable by 2022. If the trial is successful, it will be rolled out across the company’s 830 UK store estate. See also Cardboard steak pack trial aims to cut plastic waste.

More info in The Innovation Zone.


#2 Recyclable plastic film for vegan pizza brand

The UK’s first vegan frozen pizza company, One Planet Pizza has announced the launch of a plastic-free pack to make their product 100% recyclable. The pizza brand has announced the inclusion of a recyclable plastic film to cover their pizzas. This replaces the conventional, non-recyclable plastic cling film that is industry standard for pre-made pizzas. The One Planet Pizza boxes are also fully compostable and the cardboard sleeve surrounding the pack is completely recyclable.  The PE cling film can be widely recycled and placed in kerbside recycling bins. To avoid potential contamination, the consumer needs to remove loose pieces of food from the wrap before recycling. See also Craft beer packs switch to PE printed film from cardboard.

More info in The Innovation Zone.

#3 Aluminium cups launched as recyclable alternative to plastic

Global leader in metal packaging for beverage, food and aerosol products Ball Corporation have announced the launch of a metal alternative to single-use paper cups. The last 12 months of so has seen an increase in activity from the beverage industry to progressed ways to improve the recyclability of paper-based cups as well as instigate reusable options. Ball is leaning on its expertise in aluminium packaging products with the pilot launch of infinitely recyclable aluminium cups in the U.S. Ball developed the aluminium cup as an alternative to plastic cups. Just like the ubiquitous aluminium can, aluminium cups can be easily recycled. The pilot will produce a limited supply of aluminium cups at major U.S. venues to replace their plastic cups with aluminium ones. Ball’s internal research has revealed that two thirds of consumers surveyed say they would visit a venue more often if aluminium cups are used instead of plastic. The cool to the touch cups are available in a 20-ounce size (568ml) and can be customized with surface graphics. Ball hopes to expand the offering to restaurants, bars, convenience stores and other retail locations in due course.

 

More info in The Innovation Zone.


#4 Bottle cap promises to keep beer fresher for longer

It is not always easy to create a point of differentiation through packaging in the beverage industry and the task in hand is increasingly sustainability based. Carlsberg have undertaken several environmentally-focused initiatives over the last few months including Plastic rings to be replaced by glue system for global beer brand.  They have a different focus for their latest innovation which aims to improve the longevity of their products with a new initiative via their bottle cap. Carlsberg’s view is that ‘fresher beer equals better beer’. Their Fresh Cap innovation has been designed to reduce oxidation via an oxygen scavenger inside the liner of the cap. This results in less oxygen in the bottle actively absorbs oxygen, removing it from the head space in the bottle. The reduction of flavour oxidation ensures that the beer that tastes fresher for longer. The solution promises up to a 15% longer freshness period compared to other conventional caps on the market.

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 2019

Innovation Zone Snapshot – Box-in-box system improves unpacking experience

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Welcome to this week’s Innovation Zone snapshot from ThePackHub.
ThePackHub collates up to 20 new packaging innovations every week. We have selected four brand new initiatives that we hope will be on interest to you below.

Our new Packaging Innovation Briefing Report for August is out now. You can order here.

ThePackHub’s 10th packaging seminar Sustainable Packaging Innovations 2019 is on Thursday 3rd October –  Latest Early Bird offer now available. Save £100. Find out more and book your place here.

ThePackHub’s Top Supplier Guide is out now. Find out more and order here.

Stay up to speed on the latest packaging news by following ThePackHub on LinkedIn – www.linkedin.com/company/thepackhub

Why not join our sustainable packaging Facebook group More Plastic Than Fish to keep up to date with all the environmental packaging news and have your say.  https://lnkd.in/gKxJ_vz

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#1 Box-in-box system improves unpacking experience

The e-commerce market continues to go from strength to strength with many new packaging developments being introduced to improve functionality, increase sustainability as well as to ensure that the unboxing experience supports brand values. DS Smith continues to dominate in this area and have introduced a new packaging format with the introduction of their all-in-one E@Box solution. It combines product and shipping packaging via a box-in-box system that creates a two stage unpacking experience for consumers. When the two halves are lifted apart, they gradually reveal the inner section. This solution for Foodnewsgermany includes an brightly designed inner box. The box-in-box system helps improve the packing process as the inner and outer pack are connected so can be erected, filled and sealed quickly and easily. It has been designed to ensure that the inner packaging and product inside is protected. An easy open tearing thread helps improve pack accessibility. See also One-piece corrugated box can be turned inside-out for returns or gifting.

More info in The Innovation Zone.


#2 Wine shipping system aims to expand beyond Italy

Chieti, Italy headquartered Nakpack has created a packaging solution for the safe transportation of fragile glass wine bottles. The single packaging format can be used with various bottle types, shapes and formats. The system has a distinctive look and took around 10 months to design, develop and test. Nakpack has been tested with the leading national and international couriers. The 100% recyclable solution also has an advantage of not taking up much space when not in use. The next solution is in the prototype stage for future implementation that promises to significantly reduce logistics costs and increase production capacity.  See also Flat wine bottles reduce supply chain carbon emissions

More info in The Innovation Zone.

#3 Nanofibres created from sawdust and tomato waste improves cellulose-based barrier

A new sustainable non-biobased food packaging alternative is in development by researchers from Spain-based ITENE (The Technological Institute of Packaging, Transport and Logistics). The solution is being developed within the framework of the SINSOST project. Packaging materials have been developed using cellulose nanofibres obtained from sawdust residues and the remains of tomato plants.  The researchers have created microfibrillated cellulose (MFC) agroindustrial waste.  Cellulose containers are usually for secondary packaging applications and do not have the functional barrier performance to preserve food that oil-based polymers do. This results in the need to combine cellulose with non-biobased materials, which then makes the packaging harder to recycle. The MFC developed from nanocomposites, delivers an alternative thanks to a combination of good strength, rigidity, low weight and biodegradability. The project has been financed by the Valencian Institute of Business Competitiveness (IVACE) through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF)..

 

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#4 Bio composite drinks lids reduces carbon footprint by 60%

Two leading Finnish businesses have collaborated on a trial of reusable bio composite lids for the Finland market. Manufacturer of pulp, paper and other forest products Stora Enso and manufacturer of dairy products Valio are testing how the new material works in combination with food packaging as a way to encourage consumers to reduce their food waste. Stora Enso’s Durasense bio composite is made of wood fibre and can be used to replace fossil-based plastics. The solution promises to reduce a product’s carbon footprint by up to 60% compared to conventional plastic.  The reusable lids are dishwasher proof. The durable and hygienic lid is part of a collectible campaign distributed to 10,000 Finnish households. The aim is to encourage consumers to store leftovers in a cooler with this lid instead of throwing it away. The new lid can be reused after washing. See also Wood-fibre based alternative to plastic can also be recycled

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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.


August 2019

Innovation Zone Snapshot – Plastic-reduced confectionery pack uses origami to support message

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Welcome to this week’s Innovation Zone snapshot from ThePackHub.
ThePackHub collates up to 20 new packaging innovations every week. We have selected four brand new initiatives that we hope will be on interest to you below.

Our new Packaging Innovation Briefing Report for July is out now. You can order here.

ThePackHub’s 10th packaging seminar Sustainable Packaging Innovations 2019 is on Thursday 3rd October –  Latest Early Bird offer now available. Save £100. Find out more and book your place here.

ThePackHub’s Top Supplier Guide is out now. Find out more and order here.

Stay up to speed on the latest packaging news by following ThePackHub on LinkedIn – www.linkedin.com/company/thepackhub

Why not join our sustainable packaging Facebook group More Plastic Than Fish to keep up to date with all the environmental packaging news and have your say.  https://lnkd.in/gKxJ_vz

You can click here to subscribe to ThePackHub’s regular packaging blogs.


#1 Plastic-reduced confectionery pack uses origami to support message

Nestle’s KitKat brand in Japan is undergoing a packaging change that sees the amount of plastic used reduced via the use of paper as part of the pack. Five different KitKat chocolate flavours are getting the pack change treatment initially.  The switch to a paper material will see the reported reduction of 380 tons of plastic a year. In order to keep the products at optimum freshness for as long as possible, the bars will continue to be packed in plastic material but the company envisions switching to a material that facilitates recycling. Nestlé Japan have started this process ahead of other markets in anticipation of targeting the Olympics in Tokyo in 2020. See also Paper snack bar packaging set to shake up confectionery sector.

More info in The Innovation Zone.


#2 Near-infrared technology could help consumers identify waste packaging materials at home

Cohda is a product design, development and research studio based in the North East of England. The business has been working on a development to help consumers better identify waste packaging materials. There remains a lot of confusion about what can and cannot be recycled with similar looking packs often having different recycling rules and on-pack guidance is not always completely clear. The business has developed near-infrared spectroscopy technology that incorporates a unique ‘digital fingerprint’. Cohda have developed a R.I.D (Recycling Identifying Device) concept. The handheld device uses NIR to identify recyclable and non-recyclable materials. Materials absorb varying wavelengths when encountering NIR radiation. Different bonds within the material absorb varying wavelengths giving the material a unique absorption pattern. There is a stored database of these digital fingerprints that can be updated as and when new product lines enter the market. See also Replacement for hard-to-recycle black CPET on the horizon.

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#3 Coloured tabs and shells increase visual impact for cans

Ardagh Group has announced the expansion of a range of tabs and shells for cans that can help brand owners create a distinctive point of difference on supermarket shelves. The new tabs are available in a range of distinctive colours that are a departure from the ubiquitous silver tabs familiar in the beverage sector. The coloured tabs can be combined with a new copper colour shell. The colour has been approved for both Ardagh’s coloured tabs and shells lines. The copper colour could work well for brands linking their product to copper still. It is suitable for diameter 202 can ends and diameter 200 ends. See also Matt effect beverage cans with coded tabs engage drinkers and Top of can branding will get beverages noticed.

 

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#4 E-commerce packaging requires no tape or filler

It has been reported that the U.S. Postal Service handles more than 6 billion packages a year and demand for e-commerce packaging continues to increase around the world. Consequently, innovations to make the growing industry easier and more sustainable continue to come to market. Material innovators 3M has recently announced the introduction of a new material for the e-commerce sector that has several functional benefits. The solution promises to save handling and preparation time as well as the amount of materials required to ensure that products are packed securely. In addition, the space required to prepare the shipment of products is reportedly halved. 3M’s new packaging requires no tape or filler. It has been designed for use for any object under 1.4kg in weight, which, according to 3M, represents the majority (60%) of all items shipped online. The Flex & Seal Shipping Roll is made out of three layers of plastic. This includes an internal adhesive layer that sticks to itself. A middle layer cushions the contents and mimics bubble wrap. A tougher outside layer is both tear- and water-resistant. It comes in rolls of assorted sizes. The Flex & Seal solution is recyclable and is made of the same material as disposable plastic bags that can be taken to participating retail stores and recyclers.

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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 2019

Innovation Zone Snapshot – The lightest PET bottle to date launched in 500ml 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. We have selected four brand new initiatives that we hope will be on interest to you below.

Our new Packaging Innovation Briefing Report for July is out now. You can order here.

ThePackHub’s 10th packaging seminar Sustainable Packaging Innovations 2019 is on Thursday 3rd October –  Latest Early Bird offer now available. Save £100. Find out more and book your place here.

ThePackHub’s Top Supplier Guide is out now. Find out more and order here.

Stay up to speed on the latest packaging news by following ThePackHub on LinkedIn – www.linkedin.com/company/thepackhub

Why not join our sustainable packaging Facebook group More Plastic Than Fish to keep up to date with all the environmental packaging news and have your say.  https://lnkd.in/gKxJ_vz

You can click here to subscribe to ThePackHub’s regular packaging blogs.


#1 The lightest PET bottle to date launched in 500ml format

Leading global provider of PET solutions for liquid packaging Sidel has introduced what is claimed to be the lightest PET bottle in the world. Their X-LITE Still is for still water applications in a 500ml format. The very lightweight nature of the bottle helps to make strong claims for being the most environmentally friendly PET bottle available on the market. The bottle weighs just 6.5g and Sidel claim that it is the lightest 500-ml PET bottle in the world for non-carbonated water. Although we have also tracked Lightest 500ml PET water bottle launched previously X-LITE Still significantly reduces PET material consumption. Compared to conventional bottles weighing 12g, a saving of nearly 1,500 tons can be saved each year combined with significant energy savings. All in, the changes result in CO2 emission reduction of around 3,000 tons.

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#2 Cardboard veg pack meets needs of smaller households

The recent sustainable packaging emphasis has been centred around reducing the impact of plastic by replacing with other materials or in some cases, offering packaging-free products. An ongoing important global requirement is to increase shelf life combined with reducing food waste. Solidus Solutionsare working on the latter with the recent introduction of the Spargel Portion Pack, a cardboard asparagus pack designed specifically for single and smaller households. Solidus believe that the introduction of smaller pack sizes should not only better meet the needs of smaller households but also help to increase the demand for asparagus.

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#3 McFlurry gets plastic-free packaging

McDonald’s generate a lot of single-use packaging across their 37,000 restaurant estate globally. The business is tackling this with a commitment to ensure that all its packaging comes from renewable or recycled sources by 2025. The changes have seen a switch to cardboard containers for all main-meal and side-salads, which are 100% recyclable. The salad bowls are made from 50% recycled content. Another significant change is on the horizon with the announcement that the fast food chain’s eponymous McFlurry ice-creams will no longer come with plastic lids for the UK market. The change combined with the salad bowl material switch is expected to reduce plastic waste by nearly 500 metric tonnes every year. Read more about McDonald’s Packaging and Recycling strategy.

 

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#4 Pine needles used to make biodegradable packaging material

Pine needles are an abundant and seemingly unwanted material that may have a use as a packaging material. A project is in progress that sees the development of the needles into a 100% bio-based and biodegradable composite material. The production process is intended as a sustainable way to generate income in the rural areas of Indian state of Himachal. The northern region of India is home to many pine trees whose needles can cause forest fires and other environmental issues. The  ‘Cheer Project’ is a research initiative that separates teh fibres of the needles through shredding. The fibre material is combined with natural binders and waxes. Some of the fibres are coloured using natural dyes from local vegetables and spices. As well as being 100% bio-based and biodegradable, the material is recyclable, fire retardant and water repellent.

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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 2019

Innovation Zone Snapshot – Boarding pass printed on drink cans is a novel football souvenir

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Welcome to this week’s Innovation Zone snapshot from ThePackHub.
ThePackHub collates up to 20 new packaging innovations every week. We have selected four brand new initiatives that we hope will be on interest to you below.

Our new Packaging Innovation Briefing Report for July is out now. You can order here or request a free sample.

ThePackHub’s 10th packaging seminar Sustainable Packaging Innovations 2019 is on Thursday 3rd October –  Latest Early Bird offer now availableSave £100. Find out more and book your place here.

ThePackHub’s Top Supplier Guide is out now. Find out more and order here.

Why not join our sustainable packaging Facebook group More Plastic Than Fish to keep up to date with all the environmental packaging news and have your say.  https://lnkd.in/gKxJ_vz

You can click here to subscribe to ThePackHub’s regular packaging blogs.


#1 Boarding pass printed on drink cans is a novel football souvenir

The Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) and soft drink brand Guarana Antarctica have combined to introduce a novel way to engage with travelling Copa America football tournament fans. They have created a personalized boarding pass printed on drinks cans. The boarding passes are printed on the spot by a digital printer upon check-in at Congonhas airport in São Paulo.
Customers who take direct flights through the São Paulo airport will receive the boarding pass on the can of Guaraná Antarctica with their details and QR code. Each passenger can make a single impression and the can must remain closed until they are on the flight. If the can is opened, the passenger must get the boarding pass reprinted.

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#2 Potting soil solution removes water from supply chain

Creative agency Anthem Worldwide’s Benelux team have developed a new sustainable packaging concept that could revolutionise how potting soil is sold. The Minus Water concept utilises the fact that water is a heavy component of many packaged products. The taking away and re-adding of water could have significant environmental benefits. We are seeing this being implemented in several new food, beverage and household innovations. The new concept design acknowledges the need for sustainability and that the existing potting soil products come in heavy plastic bags that can make a lot of mess.  The new solution is compact, lightweight and easy to use and as its name suggests comes without water. Dehydrating the potting soil makes it possible to create compressed water free tablets. These can be re-hydrated in the home to provide the soil. The removal of the water helps to reduce CO2 emissions. The tablets do not need to be stored in plastic. Minus Water comes in a cylinder tube made from recycled and recyclable cardboard and houses 12 individual potting soil tablets.

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#3 Recyclable aluminium bottle with twist-off closure brings new wine beverage to life

Wine producer Vintage Wine Estates has announced the introduction of a new bottle wine beverage. The new Gaze Wine Cocktails proposition answers consumers’ need for modernity and portability via a recyclable aluminium bottle. It offers resealability on-the-go with a twist-off closure. The aluminium structure also reduces breakages on the go compared to glass. The new recyclable aluminium wine bottles are an unusual departure from glass or PET for the wine sector and offers a distinctive point of difference on shelf. See also Resealable aluminium bottles shakes up wine market.

 

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#4 At-home refill system shakes up cleaning spray market

Unilever is a founding member of The UK Plastics Pact that aims to eliminate unnecessary single-use plastic packaging by 2025. Read more about the company’s sustainable packaging commitment. The business has unveiled a new at-home refill system for its Cif Power & Shine cleaning spray bottles. The concentrated refills uses 75% less plastic, reduces water usage by 97% and reduced carbon emissions. The ecorefill promises to remove 1.5 million plastic bottles from circulation in the UK market. Consumers add the concentrated refill to an old spray bottle and mix it with water and repeat the process when it runs out. Everything but the plastic sleeve is recyclable  The ecorefill bottles cost £2.50, which is around the same price as the normal bottles. Unilever hope to role out more products in the same format in the future. See also Collaboration leads to launch of online refillable cleaning products revolution.

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ThePackHub’s 168 page Packaging Innovation Briefing Report for July is out now comprising 100 new packaging innovations, analysis and comment. What to know more? Why not download a free sample.


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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