Category: Innovation

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

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


#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)..

 

More info in The Innovation Zone.


#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

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 – 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.

More info in The Innovation Zone.

#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.

 

More info in The Innovation Zone.


#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.

More info in The Innovation Zone.


 

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

Until next time. Happy innovating.


July 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.

More info in The Innovation Zone.


#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.

More info in The Innovation Zone.

#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.

 

More info in The Innovation Zone.


#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.

More info in The Innovation Zone.


 

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

Until next time. Happy innovating.


July 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.

More info in The Innovation Zone.


#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.

More info in The Innovation Zone.

#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.

 

More info in The Innovation Zone.


#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.

More info in The Innovation Zone.


 

 

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.


July 2019

Innovation Zone Snapshot – Patented innovation ensures clothing can fit through letterbox

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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.

Early Bird saving £300 for ThePackHub’s Top Supplier Guide ends this Friday 12th July. Find out more and save here.

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.

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 Patented innovation ensures clothing can fit through letterbox

It is estimated that around 250 million packages are distributed by e-commerce businesses in the Netherlands every year. A new pack for e-commerce has been introduced that promises to significantly improve efficiency, reduce costs as well as be better for the environment. Mail, parcel and e-commerce experts PostNL have introduced Fashionpack, which is designed yo take air out of the packaging for the distribution of clothing. This now means that the packs can easily fit through householder’s letterboxes. The patented innovation prevents the unnecessary transportation of air and improves distribution efficiencies.  Fashionpack has been developed in such a way that clothing comes out undamaged and set in place. Up to three items of clothing can be reduced to the size of a letterbox slot. The packaging consists of multi-layer material and is also waterproof.

 

More info in The Innovation Zone.


#2 Mouthwash brand breaks packaging rules with new chewable tablets

The mouthwash packaging market conventionally presents their products in liquid form in a PET bottle. Leading player in the market, Johnson & Johnson’s Listerine is changing things with a disruptive new pack presentation for the Brazilian market. In what is being claimed to be the biggest product launch in years, Listerine Go! Tabs is a ‘mouth rinse’ in chewable tablet form that takes the product out of the bathroom to be consumed whilst out and about. The Clean Mint flavour works for up to four hours. Listerine Go! Tabs packaging cues take on a pharmaceutical look and feel with a blister pack containing four units contained within a cardboard surround. The tabs are clearly visible pre-purchase. The format allows for excellent portion control. See also A new way to dispense toothpaste reduces plastic use.
More info in The Innovation Zone.

#3 Coffee cups made from…coffee hit German market

Biomaterials as alternatives to fossil-fuel based plastic continues to come through the Innovation Zone funnel. There is a noticeable increase in inititiatives using byproducts that would otherwise be waste. Kaffeeform is a German business that puts used coffee ground to good use. They have developed an innovative and sustainable material made from used coffee grounds combined with renewable biopolymer raw materials. They have a selection of coffee cups  available in a range of different sizes. The cups are reported to bedurable, light and dishwasher safe. They have a mild smell of coffee that might even enhance the overall drinking experience with the addition of aroma. The recyclable cups are locally produced in Germany. See also Coffee waste could be next bio-material to make beverage cups.

 

More info in The Innovation Zone.


#4 Swedish fish supplier switches to bioplastic film made from sugar cane

BD Fisk is a leading Swedish fish supplier. The business has begun to use recyclable bioplastic packaging for its range. The bioplastic film is made using sugar cane as the raw material. The plastic film is an ‘I’m Green’ PE plastic from Brazilian bio-experts Braskem. It has the same properties as oil-based PE plastic and can thus be recycled together with other plastics in household recycling collections. The initiative is carbon negative in that sugarcane removes more than three kilos of carbon dioxide from the air for each kilo of bioplastic produced. The pack is nearly 80% bio-based with a barrier material incorporated to deliver an oxygen barrier. The aim is for a fossil-free solution in due course.

More info in The Innovation Zone.


 

 

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.


July 2019

Innovation Zone Snapshot – Intelligent packaging system optimises box sizes

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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 next packaging seminar is on Thursday 3rd October – Sustainable Packaging Innovations 2019. Latest Early Bird offer now available.Save £100. Book your place here.

Early Bird saving £300 for ThePackHub’s Top Supplier Guide ends next week. Find out more here.

Our new Packaging Innovation Briefing Report for July is out now. You can find out more here or also request a sample here.

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


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Top Packaging Suppliers Guide 2019

 


ThePackHub’s Top Packaging Supplier Guide 2019 is an essential report collecting innovations from the last 18 months picked from the most active companies in ThePackHub’s Innovation Zone database.

From Amcor to WestRock, ThePackHub’s Top Packaging Supplier Guide 2019 has over 250 ideas covering a wide range of materials and applications, there really is something for everyone!

Available as a printed report delivered postage free. Purchase of this comprehensive guide is also comes with a free, fully searchable PDF.

The cost of ThePackHub’s Top Packaging Supplier Guide 2019 is just £699.

Early bird launch offer – ends Friday 12th July

Save £300. Get your Top Packaging Supplier Guide 2019 for just £399.

Find out more and order here.


ThePackHub Seminars

Sustainable Packaging Innovations 2019 – Thursday 3rd October

ThePackHub’s 10th packaging conference is the perfect opportunity to get up to speed with the very latest sustainable packaging innovations relevant to your business in an interactive and engaging seminar environment. Just £359 + VAT.

Current Early Bird Discounts

Sustainable Packaging Innovations 2019 – £259 + VAT. Early Bird – save £100.


ThePackHub is delighted to publish our revamped Packaging Innovation Briefing Report for July 2019. This comprehensive and unique review of the month’s global packaging innovations and industry news ensures you are kept up to speed and fully informed of all the latest packaging innovations.

You can find out more here or also request a sample here.

 

 


#1 Intelligent packaging system optimises box sizes

Spain-based e-commerce technology retailer PcComponentes has introduced new technology that improves secondary packaging efficiency. The retailer has become one of the first companies in the field of information technology to improve the packaging system by implementing a new intelligent technology that improves logistics productivity.  The new system is able to automatically calculate the volume and weight of the products to be packed to create fit-for-purpose boxes to protect brand owners’ original packaging. The new system significantly reduces the quantity of packaging used for the preparation of its orders. The packaging is generated in a completely autonomous way and includes the shipping label that references the weight and other necessary data. It is claimed that the new technology will save up to 95% in plastic use and 50% in carton. See also In-line autopacker with fit-to-size pack automation saves costs and helps environment.

 

More info in The Innovation Zone.


#2 Beer brand launches very limited edition gaming controller pack

The gaming industry is not short of innovation and this new limited edition controller make have just taken things to another level as it doubles up as a beer can! Miller Lite have introduced the Cantroller, a video game controller that holds 12 ounces (354ml) of beer.  It is well understood that gamers sometimes struggle to multitask as they play and this might just be the answer to their problems! The Cantroller is a fully functioning controller equipped with a host of useful functional features including a USB charging port, Bluetooth and haptic feedback. The controller has been created as part of a promotion to generate interest in the E3 gaming expo in Los Angeles. Before you rush out to try and get your own, only 200 Cantrollers will be up for grabs at the event. See also Corrugated board used to create interactive gaming kits.
More info in The Innovation Zone.

#3 Material alternative made from fish scales and red algae is stronger than plastic carrier bags

Sussex-based researcher Lucy Hughes has developed a new alternative to traditional plastics. It is claimed that the material developed is stronger than standard plastic carrier bag and that it degrades in nature more rapidly than other bioplastics made from materials such as corn starch.The new material is biodegradable and home compostable and is made from a combination of fish scales and red algae. It is estimated that the skin of one cod fish could produce up to the equivalent of 1,400 carrier bags. It is claimed that the MarinaTex production costs are in line with conventional flexible plastics. Marinatex does not leach toxins into the environment. Hughes is keen to further develop the material with a view to scale up production with the product potentially ready for market exploitation with the next 12 months.

 

More info in The Innovation Zone.


#4 Wrapper-less ice cream pack reduces plastic use

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 consumer goods giant is trialling new packaging format to help reduce the amount of single-use plastic used.  Multipacks of Solero organic peach ice lollies will be sold wrapper-less in a recyclable cardboard box with compartments that negates the need for individual plastic wrappers. The new box is a PE-coated cardboard. It has a plastic content of around 5% meaning it can be widely recycled in the UK. A full roll-out is not a foregone conclusion with a small test in Ocado online stores to help establish shopper reactions to the activity and whether the pack format will be rolled out.

More info in The Innovation Zone.


 

 

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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.


June 2019

Innovation Zone Snapshot – Fully recyclable single-serve coffee pack introduced

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Welcome to this week’s Innovation Zone snapshot from ThePackHub.
ThePackHub collates up to 20 new packaging innovations each week and we have picked four recent examples for you below.

Find out about how to subscribe to the database here.

Our next packaging seminar is on Thursday 3rd October – Sustainable Packaging Innovations 2019. Very Early Bird ends this Friday 28th June. Book your place now.

Request a free sample of our Top Packaging Suppliers Guide 2019 report. Out now.

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


Early Bird Launch Offer
Top Packaging Suppliers Guide 2019

 


ThePackHub’s Top Packaging Supplier Guide 2019 is an essential report collecting innovations from the last 18 months picked from the most active companies in ThePackHub’s Innovation Zone database.

From Amcor to WestRock, ThePackHub’s Top Packaging Supplier Guide 2019 has over 250 ideas covering a wide range of materials and applications, there really is something for everyone!

Available as a printed report delivered postage free. Purchase of this comprehensive guide is also comes with a free, fully searchable PDF.

The cost of ThePackHub’s Top Packaging Supplier Guide 2019 is just £699.

Request a free sample of the report.

Early bird launch offer

Save £300. Get your Top Packaging Supplier Guide 2019 for just £399.

Find out more and order here.


ThePackHub Seminars

Sustainable Packaging Innovations 2019 – Thursday 3rd October

ThePackHub’s 10th packaging conference is the perfect opportunity to get up to speed with the very latest sustainable packaging innovations relevant to your business in an interactive and engaging seminar environment. Just £359 + VAT.

Current Early Bird Discounts

Sustainable Packaging Innovations 2019 – Very Early Bird ends Friday 28th June – save £160.

 


#1 Fully recyclable single-serve coffee pack introduced

US-based specialty coffee company NuZee has introduced a recyclable single-serve coffee pack to improve their environmental credentials. The fully recyclable packaging comes to market via food and beverage packaging specialists Huhtamaki with their next generation range of recyclable flexible packaging called blueloop. See Mono-material range launch improves recyclabilityHuhtamaki’s blueloop solutions are mono-material structures made from a combination of widely recyclable PP, PE and paper. The single serve pour over coffee pack consists of a customised box and a disposable filter and coffee sealed in a pouch. Up until the packaging change, all the packaging bar the pouch was recyclable. The previous pouch had a combination of film and coatings to maintain freshness. The use of Huhtamaki’s blueloop packaging film in the manufacture of the nitrogen-flushed pouch changes that and creates a 100% fully recyclable that still maintains the freshness of the coffee.

 

More info in The Innovation Zone.


#2 Plastic-free shampoo brand hits Canadian shelves

The negative single-use plastic sentiment is seeing new categories popping up. An area for change is in the bathroom with a number of brands looking to switch out of plastic with new packaging alternatives in a sector that is starting to take off. Canadian bar shampoo company Unwrapped Life is one of these businesses. The brand has a philosophy that ‘shampoo really doesn’t need to be in a bottle’ and is cutting single-use plastic by offering a solid-form shampoo and conditioner combination. The business also uses paper to pack the products. The bars are small and lightweight. Rigid paper mailers or small cardboard boxes are used for online orders. The business has sourced recycled paper products to cut down on the impact of virgin paper manufacturing and distribution. See also Water soluble shampoo pods reduces plastic use and Single use shaving pods dissolve in water.

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#3 Upfront messaging promotes plastic-free bread packaging

Although the plastic on much of the wrapped bread sold in the UK is recyclable, few local authorities collect it as part of kerbside services.  Consumers need to take the packaging to a recycling point to be recycled alongside carrier bags. Northwich, UK based Roberts Bakery is creating a stir with ‘in your face’ messaging to promote the introduction of paper packaging. Rolling out to 300 Tesco stores on its core 800g loaf range,  the bags are made from sustainably sourced paper and a thin PP coating. This enables the loaves to carry OPRL’s ‘widely-recycled’ logo, the first UK bread brand to be awarded this.  The roll-out of paper packaging on the 800g core range follows the launch of the packaging on Roberts’ bloomer as reported in the Innovation Zone – 100% recyclable bakery brand shouts claims on pack. Roberts is aiming to eventually switch to plastic-free packaging across all SKUs and in all stockists.

 

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#4 Secondary packaging transforms into jetpack after the kids’ clothes have been unpacked

Sustainable fashion company Stretchy kids’ clothing brand Petit Pli has a unique selling proposition that sees their pleated and stretchy clothes expand as young wearers gets older and bigger. The big idea is to reduce clothing waste as well as save parents’ money, as children move up several sizes in the first few years of their life. As well as making branding and communications changes, London-based NB Studio has also designed special structural packaging for the brand. The FSC cardboard box has been designed in an origami style that lets consumers transform it into a jetpack after the clothes have been unpacked. This gives the box a new life by turning it into a kids’ toy and sustainably extending the use of the packaging.  The clothes are also wrapped in leftover material surplus to the production process. See also Try out your best origami with one-of-a-kind chocolate packs.

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June 2019

Innovation Zone Snapshot – Chicken moves to pouch format to reduce amount of plastic used

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Welcome to this week’s Innovation Zone snapshot from ThePackHub.
ThePackHub collates up to 20 new packaging innovations each week and we have picked four recent examples for you below.

Find out about how to subscribe to the database here.

Our next packaging seminar is on Thursday 3rd October – Sustainable Packaging Innovations 2019. Book your place now.

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From Amcor to WestRock, ThePackHub’s Top Packaging Supplier Guide 2019 has over 250 ideas covering a wide range of materials and applications, there really is something for everyone!

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#1 Chicken moves to pouch format to reduce amount of plastic used

UK retailer Asda have been working to reduce the amount of plastic used for their packaging. The business aims to for all their own brand packaging to be 100% recyclable by 2025. This will be achieved by cutting what is seen as unnecessary plastic across the business. More information: Asda sustainable packaging commitment. The retailer is making a change to move towards their sustainability aspirations by switching their own-brand chicken into a pouch. The new pouch solution breaks convention as well as using over 55% less plastic packaging compared to the current tray format. There is also an estimated 73% reduction in transportation due to a smaller surface area of the new packs. The pack size change also ensures that more product fits on a shelves to improve availability. The pack also has easy tear, which means consumers don’t have to use a knife to open the pack.

 

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#2 Nano-active pack increases pork shelf life

Researchers from the Faculty of Higher Studies Cuautitlán Mexico have developed an active container. Pork meat is susceptible to develop E.coli brought on by a combination of poor storage and handling. The use of rosemary oil helps to lengthen the shelf life of vacuum packed pork as well as protect it from bacterial contamination. The research team vacuum packed the pork with a nano-active coating based on rosemary oil. The oil has the dual effect of reducing microorganisms as well as maintaining the organoleptic properties of the product. A test period of two hours with the rosemary oil, there was a marked decrease in the growth of coliforms such as E.coli and Salmonella. The coating currently means that the packaging is not biodegradable and development work is ongoing to solve this.  See also Test patch determines whether meat is safe to eat.

More info in The Innovation Zone.


#3 Shampoo bottle can be planted to grow more trees

Taiwanese brand owner O’Right has introduced Tree in the Bottle is a shampoo brand with packaging that can be planted to eventually transform into a tree. The idea is to plant the biodegradable packaging post-use. It came from Taiwan and arrived in Portugal with two versions, with different seeds that are embedded in the packaging. Tree in the Bottle has acacia seeds and coffee bean. Acacia was chosen due to the high amount of carbon dioxide it absorbs when grown. The use of coffee beans has a clever twist as it also forms part of the ingredients of the shampoo. 250 ml Tree in the Bottle shampoos cost € 20 (£17.74) and can be purchased online as well as in selected Portuguese outlets. See also Paper range embedded with variety of seeds, Compostable coffee cup with seeds from the area and Compostable chocolate packaging embedded with wildflower seeds.

 

More info in The Innovation Zone.


#4 Olive oil packaging promises post-use children fun

Leading Croatian olive oil brand Brachia has launched the first olive oil targeting children. The olive oil brand from the island of Brač has launched ‘Brachia Hids’, an olive oil with flavours deemed suitable for and appealing to children. The Brachia Kids olive oil comes in specially branded packaging designed by Zagreb-based design agency Izvorka Jurić. The packaging is designed so that the children’s product is seen as affordable and fun. The pack design focuses on educating the young consumer on the importance of the regular use of olive oil. The bottle has an added bonus with the inclusion of six crayons inserted inside the sleeve. Children can use these to colour in the illustration of olive trees on the box when it is flattened out. The new kids olive oil offering is available at Croatian UJE outlets. See also Child friendly pouch delivers sweet reward.

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Until next time. Happy innovating.


June 2019

Innovation Zone Snapshot – Fully recyclable paper banding to collate bananas launched

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Welcome to this week’s Innovation Zone snapshot from ThePackHub.
ThePackHub collates up to 20 new packaging innovations each week and we have picked four recent examples for you below.

Find out about how to subscribe to the database here.

Our next packaging seminar is on Thursday 3rd October – Sustainable Packaging Innovations 2019. Book your place now.

Request a free sample of our Top Packaging Suppliers Guide 2019 report. Out now.

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


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ThePackHub’s Top Packaging Supplier Guide 2019 is an essential report collecting innovations from the last 18 months picked from the most active companies in ThePackHub’s Innovation Zone database.

From Amcor to WestRock, ThePackHub’s Top Packaging Supplier Guide 2019 has over 250 ideas covering a wide range of materials and applications, there really is something for everyone!

Available as a printed report delivered postage free. Purchase of this comprehensive guide is also comes with a free, fully searchable PDF.

The cost of ThePackHub’s Top Packaging Supplier Guide 2019 is just £699.

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Sustainable Packaging Innovations 2019 – Thursday 3rd October

ThePackHub’s 10th packaging conference is the perfect opportunity to get up to speed with the very latest sustainable packaging innovations relevant to your business in an interactive and engaging seminar environment. Just £359 + VAT.

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#1 Fully recyclable paper banding to collate bananas launched

Packaging manufacturer Mondi’s creative team have worked together to deliver a new distinctive structural design that is designed to look like the product it protects. Pistachio Dream is inspired by the pistachio nut with the structure, colour (pistachio brown and green) and the opening mechanism designed to resemble the product itself. By pulling the two sides of the box apart, the end user mimics the peeling of the pistachio nut from the peel. The trays that appear on the outside when the pack has been opened work as receptacles for empty pistachio shells. The corrugated cardboard exterior of the primary packaging also makes it easy to stack the nut produce on the shelf.

 

More info in The Innovation Zone.


#2 Distinctive hot sauce jar helps communicate explosive flavour

Columbia, South Carolina-based Smoke Hall Foods L3C is the veteran-owned, parent company of The General’s Hot Sauce. The sauce brand has used packaging in an impactful and eye-catching way to help communicate what their product is all about. The three Louisiana hot sauces for sale promise to spice up cooking with a range of explosive spices. To help shoppers understand the power of the sauces as well as to differentiate the brand on supermarket shelves, the sauces are presented in grenade-shaped packaging to reinforce the notion of a spicy explosion of flavours.

More info in The Innovation Zone.


#3 Bubble tea cup gets reimagined to add functionality and sustainable features

The banning of plastic straws in several parts of the world has created a challenge for the bubble tea market. Bubble tea is a Taiwanese tea-based drink and a straw is currently a central part of the consumption experience. However, the packaging proposition has been reimagined by two designers from Taipei who have designed it so it no longer requires a straw to consume. Their packaging answer is called ‘Float’ and is a glass cup with a sipping area combined with an inner cup. The outer material, provided by Hsinchu City, Taiwan headquartered Spring Pool Glass is made with recycled glass. The mouth of the cup is protected by a cover, punctuated by a coloured sphere that has been created to resemble a bubble tea pearl. A smaller inner cup sits within the glassware to let the drinker reach the beverage’s toppings easily. The introduction of an inner cup makes the glass easier to clean.

 

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#4 Cleaning products range switch to refill model using cartons

Reusable packaging systems are increasing in popularity. New York based Cleancult is a green cleaning company that has created a refill-based model that allows their products to evade plastic packaging. The business also claims to be carbon neutral. Consumers can refill the first bottle they use and then recycle their cartons for the first ever zero waste cleaning model. Rather than sending more plastic bottles to users when they run out of cleaners, the refills are sent in plastic free mailers made of paper. The refills themselves are milk cartons that use 90% less plastic than current packaging. See also Refillable pack scheme launched for UK cosmetics brand.

More info in The Innovation Zone.


 

 

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Until next time. Happy innovating.


June 2019

Innovation Zone Snapshot – Pistachio box structure designed to look like the product

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Welcome to this week’s Innovation Zone snapshot from ThePackHub.
ThePackHub collates up to 20 new packaging innovations each week and we have picked four recent examples for you below.

Find out about how to subscribe to the database here.

Our next packaging seminar is on Thursday 3rd October – Sustainable Packaging Innovations 2019. Book your place now.

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


Early Bird Launch Offer
Top Packaging Suppliers Guide 2019

 


ThePackHub’s Top Packaging Supplier Guide 2019 is an essential report collecting innovations from the last 18 months picked from the most active companies in ThePackHub’s Innovation Zone database.

From Amcor to WestRock, ThePackHub’s Top Packaging Supplier Guide 2019 has over 250 ideas covering a wide range of materials and applications, there really is something for everyone!

Available as a printed report delivered postage free. Purchase of this comprehensive guide is also comes with a free, fully searchable PDF.

The cost of ThePackHub’s Top Packaging Supplier Guide 2019 is just £699.

Early bird launch offer

Save £300. Get your Top Packaging Supplier Guide 2019 for just £399.

Find out more and order here.


ThePackHub Seminars

Sustainable Packaging Innovations 2019 – Thursday 3rd October

ThePackHub’s 10th packaging conference is the perfect opportunity to get up to speed with the very latest sustainable packaging innovations relevant to your business in an interactive and engaging seminar environment. Just £359 + VAT.

Current Early Bird Discounts

Sustainable Packaging Innovations 2019 – Early Bird – save £160.

 


#1 Pistachio box structure designed to look like the product

Packaging manufacturer Mondi’s creative team have worked together to deliver a new distinctive structural design that is designed to look like the product it protects. Pistachio Dream is inspired by the pistachio nut with the structure, colour (pistachio brown and green) and the opening mechanism designed to resemble the product itself. By pulling the two sides of the box apart, the end user mimics the peeling of the pistachio nut from the peel. The trays that appear on the outside when the pack has been opened work as receptacles for empty pistachio shells. The corrugated cardboard exterior of the primary packaging also makes it easy to stack the nut produce on the shelf.

 

More info in The Innovation Zone.


#2 Consumer good giant launches recyclable black pigment

It is estimated that the UK sends more than one million tonnes of black plastics to landfill every year. Its carbon content prevents it from being detected by the infra-red sorting systems used in reprocessing facilities. However, this is changing with measures in place to replace black plastics with materials that the Material Recycling Facilities (MRF) are able to recycle. Global consumer goods giant Unilever has revealed a ‘detectable and recyclable’ black plastic pack development. The new pigment makes black plastics detectable by the recycling equipment. The material will be used across Unilever’s TRESemme and Lynx brands for the UK market. Unilever collaborated with several UK recycling experts including RECOUP, WRAP and waste management giants Veolia, SUEZ and Viridor to develop the solution. The move will divert up to 2,500 tonnes of black plastic from landfill and incineration every year. Unilever have also pledged to ensure that its Lynx and TRESemme packaging is made using 30% post-consumer recycled (PCR) plastics in due course. Read more about the company’s sustainable packaging commitment. See also Black plastic recycling challenge met by laundry and home care brand.

More info in The Innovation Zone.


#3 Food cling film gets a design reinvention

Food Wrap is a patent-pending reinvention of everyday plastic cling wrap. Food Wrap has been created to wrap food without using single-use plastics. The solution also promises to be easy to clean and subsequently reuse. Food Wrap promises to easily wrap food items like cling film and can be dishwasher cleaned or hand washed to make it reusable on many occasions. As well as cling film, Food Wrap can also replace baking paper and tin foil. Food Wrap is heat resistant to 235°C so can be used in the oven or microwave. It is a silicone material. Freezer friendly and stain resistant, the wraps are 40cm x 30cm x 1mm in size and can even be stretched to around three times its original size. See also Reusable fabric designed to replace plastic for food preservation.

 

More info in The Innovation Zone.


#4 Resealable fruit bag incorporates easy open front aperture

An easy open and resealable system designed by Barcelona headquartered Giró for their Ultrabag net pack makes it simple for consumers to open and close a bag easily and comfortably. The fresh produce packaging supplier commissioned research to find out about the most important features of net bag packaging. The results via Nielsen revealed that consumers prefer using net bags for fruit over plastic bags, paper bags and punnets. The results also showed that net packaging improves product visibility and perceived superior breathability. Consumers also fed back the need for a simple open and close feature that is mainly missing from this type of pack format. Giró’s Easy Open System is created using the GirBagger UB Machine. Once opened, consumers can take out the amount of fruit required then using an adhesive tag. It is easy to reseal the bag.

More info in The Innovation Zone.


 

 

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Until next time. Happy innovating.


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