Category: Recycling

February 2024

From Plastic to Paper: The Rising Tide of Paperisation

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Innovation Zone

ThePackHub Innovation Zone Snapshot

by Paul Jenkins, Managing Director of ThePackHub.
I’m pleased to share with you an Innovation Zone snapshot update, which provides a glimpse into the emerging trends on ThePackHub’s global packaging innovation platform.

We have a brand new report out soon! Check out Refill & Reuse Compendium Vol 3

The Innovation Zone database platform is a reliable destination for keeping up-to-date with the latest global packaging initiatives. With a comprehensive collection of packaging innovations worldwide (8,106 as of this morning), you can stay informed about the latest developments and advancements in packaging.

Visit our platform today to learn more.

Don’t keep the latest in packaging innovation to yourself! Share the knowledge with your colleagues and friends by forwarding this newsletter to them.  Click here to subscribe.

From Plastic to Paper: The Rising Tide of Paperisation

This week, we’re taking a deep dive into another leading packaging trend in terms of the phenomenon of ‘paperisation’. We continue to track many examples of products switching from plastic to paper-based solutions with ThePackHub’s Innovation Zone platform seeing 18% of the innovations focusing on paperisation over the last three months. It’s one of our four major sustainable packaging trends that we have identified.

As well as many new paperisation innovations (more on them below), we’ve also checked recent research and report findings to support this growth claim. For example, a recent survey by Two Sides Europe, ‘Trend Tracker Survey 2023’, showed that 76% of respondents view paper-based packaging as home compostable, while 55% perceive it as more environmentally friendly.

More analysis by Two Sides Europe shows that European consumers have strong preferences for sustainability in their paper product choices, with 67% prioritizing items from sustainably managed forests and 37% paying attention to forestry certification labels like Love Paper. Additionally, 67% advocate for recycled paper usage, while 41% are inclined to avoid retailers not reducing single-use, non-recyclable packaging. Notably, the preference for printed magazines among European consumers has risen to 51% from 35%.

GIVE ME FIVE!
Here are five new paperisation packaging initiatives you should know about recently posted to the Innovation Zone.
1. Drewsen Spezialpapiere, based in Lachendorf, Germany, has introduced PROSEAL Heat Sealable Paper, tackling plastic reduction in packaging for dry and non-food items. With a water-based coating for seamless sealing, it’s reported as ideal for various applications, including food and non-food packaging. Certified for food contact and recyclable, it offers optional FSC or PEFC certifications. Compatible with flexo and gravure printing, it ensures smooth processing for manufacturers.

2. Spiro Pack is a paper void fill replacing polystyrene. Its spiral tissue design offers a unique alternative to traditional crinkle fill and packing peanuts. Occupying 80% less space than crinkle shred, it simplifies packing and cleanup. Spiro Pack expands to ten times its size, reducing handling and staff time. Comparative studies reveal its reported superiority, filling 1,200% more boxes than Crinkle Cut. This efficiency yields significant cost savings. It is customizable for colour and printing options.

3. UK retailer Marks & Spencer has slashed plastic use by 79% in their Café sandwiches with new recyclable paper and FSC board packaging, cutting 4.5 million units of plastic. Aligned with their Plan A to reduce 1 billion plastic units by 2027, aiming for net zero by 2040. This follows the removal of 75 million plastic units ahead of target in 2023/24.

4. Germany’s Monta has introduced a new paper tape in its Greenline range, promoting recyclable packaging. Made at Monta’s German plant, it features a natural rubber adhesive and chlorine-free bleached pulp carrier from sustainable forestry. It is designed to seal cardboard boxes and mail pouches and offers strong adhesion and moisture resistance up to 60°C. Silicone-free and compatible with water-based ink for printing, it comes in brown (843) and white (852) variants. A plastic-free option, it can be recycled with cartons, targeting organic producers and e-commerce.

5. Smurfit Kappa has introduced a packaging solution for Biobest, replacing EPS packs for transporting live bumblebees with AquaStop paper and hexacomb fitments. Passing outdoor durability tests for 6-8 weeks ensures bee safety for pollination. Aligned with Biobest’s sustainability commitment, Smurfit Kappa emphasizes AquaStop’s recyclability as a Styrofoam alternative and their broader range of paper-based solutions for regulatory compliance.

We have seen a slight slowing down of the paperisation trend from its peak around two or three years ago. Operators are acknowledging (again) the inexpensive benefits of plastic to reduce waste and carbon footprint in certain applications.

Brand new Compendium Volume 3
Save – now taking early bird orders

We are delighted to announce ThePackHub’s Refillable & Reusable Packaging Compendium Volume 3, your essential guide to navigating the booming refillable and reusable packaging sector. Authored by ThePackHub’s Refill & Reuse Specialist, Wayne Barron, this comprehensive 200-page report offers an in-depth analysis of global trends, showcasing over 150 innovative reuse solutions across a variety of consumer categories.

Discover the leading brands, retailers, and suppliers pioneering in this space and gain insights to grow in this rapidly growing market. Featuring exclusive interviews with ten industry experts and detailed case studies on Dizzie’s successful prefill business model and the Refill Coalition’s Aldi trial, this report is an invaluable resource for anyone looking to make an impact in the reusable packaging landscape.

Find out more and save here.

Everything you need to know about the latest stand-out packaging patents!

Researched and analysed by ThePackHub’s Katie Roselaar.

More information coming soon.

Expert Interview
Alexander Sobolenko – Releaf Paper

Releaf Paper were one of six winners of ThePackHub’s inaugural Packaging Startup Awards.

Releaf Paper is the world’s first producer of pulp and paper made from green waste. They use fibres of fallen leaves to produce materials for packaging manufacturing. Releaf Paper is produced from raw materials collected by public utilities within urban areas. As a result, they are not only disposing of waste but processing it into incredibly sustainable paper and materials for packaging manufacturing.

We speak to CEO Alexander Sobolenko about their initiative in this recent interview.

Leading brand owners, retailers, and packaging suppliers trust the Innovation Zone to stay ahead with the latest packaging innovations. Contact us to learn how membership can enhance your company’s understanding.
Until next time. Happy innovating!

February 2024

Refill and Reuse: The Growing Movement in Sustainable Packaging

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Leading brand owners, retailers, and packaging suppliers trust the Innovation Zone to stay ahead with the latest packaging innovations. Contact us to learn how membership can enhance your company’s understanding.

ThePackHub Startup Snapshot

by Paul Jenkins, Managing Director of ThePackHub.

I’m pleased to share with you an Innovation Zone snapshot update, which provides a glimpse into the emerging trends on ThePackHub’s global packaging innovation platform. We have a brand new report out soon! Check out Refill & Reuse Compendium Vol 3

 

 

 

 

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Refill and Reuse: The Growing Movement in Sustainable Packaging

This week, we’re taking a deep dive into the world of refillable and reusable packaging. Our Innovation Zone platform continues to see many new initiatives, with 15% of our innovations focusing on refill and reuse over the last three months. It’s one of our identified four major sustainable packaging trends.

As well as many new refill & reuse innovations (more on them below), we’ve also checked recent research and report findings to support this growth claim. For example, a recent Ellen MacArthur Foundation study shows 89% public approval for reusable packaging in aluminium. 86% of respondents express the likelihood of buying preferred brands in reusable aluminium if priced the same as plastic. An overwhelming 93% indicate a likelihood to return reusable aluminium packaging.

Market analysis by the U.S. Plastics Pact and Closed Loop Partners’ Center for the Circular Economy reveals that respondents emphasize the importance of brands offering reusable products and packaging. 56% of respondents deem it important for brands to offer reusable products and packaging, and 47% use reusable products or services weekly. 45% describe the price of reusable solutions as about the same as a single-use product.

Research from City to Sea shows that a significant 69% of consumers express readiness to embrace products in returnable packaging, highlighting a growing interest in sustainable alternatives. Moreover, over half (53%) show a preference for brands offering prefilled returnable packaging, with this figure soaring to 84% among those who have previously engaged with such packaging solutions.

GIVE ME FIVE!

Here are five new refillable and reusable packaging initiatives we think you should know about recently posted to the Innovation Zone.

 

 

  1. Gilac, a French plastic food container manufacturer, introduces a sustainable alternative to traditional cardboard packaging for pizzas and cakes. Spearheaded by GM Martin Bouthiaux, their reusable, recyclable round box, made from HDPE, boasts longevity and recyclability. With a ribbed bottom for food freshness and vents to prevent condensation, it comes in seven colours and offers customization opportunities. Manufactured in Gilac’s Ain factory, this initiative helps to promote sustainability and waste reduction in the food industry.
  2. Reuseabox, a UK-based supplier, offers sustainable packaging solutions with used, new, and recycled cardboard boxes, including single-wall, double-wall, pallet boxes, and Octabins. They promote the circular economy, aiming to reduce environmental impact and waste by encouraging cardboard box reuse. Collaborating with the University of Lincoln, their 2022 Impact Report shows significant benefits. Reusing cardboard saves 5 trees, 0.7 tonnes of carbon, 4,315 KWH of energy, and 148,352 litres of water per tonne, demonstrating its environmental effectiveness over recycling.
  3. JDE Peet’s, known for brands like Kenco and Douwe Egberts, has introduced home-recyclable paper refill packs for instant coffee in the UK and Ireland, shifting from plastic to paper. With over 85% paper content, the packaging aims to ease consumer adoption of reusable options and can be recycled at home. After a year of development, the packs offer a 96% reduction in packaging compared to a standard glass jar and a 15-month freshness guarantee. This initiative extends to Kenco and Douwe Egberts packs and introduces L’or to the refill format for the first time.
  4. TOMRA, in partnership with the city of Aarhus in Denmark, has launched a pioneering three-year pilot for reusable takeaway packaging. It’s the world’s first open-managed system, shifting the city from single-use to reusable containers via automated collection points. Businesses and consumers benefit from 24/7 returns with monetary incentives. Initially targeting drink containers, TOMRA aims to expand to other materials, promoting resource efficiency and reducing litter and emissions. Collaboration with Visa, MasterCard, and Shift4 ensures seamless payments. Automated collection and sanitization enables scalability as well as local job creation.
  5. Bower Collective (see interview below), a UK-based leader in reusable packaging, has introduced Packaging As A Service, expanding its circular system to home and personal care brands. Established in 2020, Bower aims to combat plastic waste through its BowerPack system, integrating innovative packaging design, software, and automation. With support from Innovate UK, Bower has served over 110,000 households, eliminating 90,000 kg of single-use plastic. The system boasts an 80% return rate and over 4,300 5-star reviews. Bower aims to offer its sustainable solution to the wider market, featuring end-to-end tracking, real-time data, bespoke design, turnkey management, and potential carbon emissions savings up to 90%.

The resurgence in refillable and reusable initiatives is starting to reshape industries like cosmetics, food, beverage and household. As companies continue to innovate, the market is likely to accelerate. We are still seeing lots of pilots and trials, but we anticipate larger-scale initiatives coming through the innovation pipeline in 2024.

Brand new Compendium Volume 3
Save – now taking early bird orders

We are delighted to announce ThePackHub’s Refillable & Reusable Packaging Compendium Volume 3, your essential guide to navigating the booming refillable and reusable packaging sector. Authored by ThePackHub’s Refill & Reuse Specialist, Wayne Barron, this comprehensive 200-page report offers an in-depth analysis of global trends, showcasing over 150 innovative reuse solutions across a variety of consumer categories.

Discover the leading brands, retailers, and suppliers pioneering in this space and gain insights to grow in this rapidly growing market. Featuring exclusive interviews with ten industry experts and detailed case studies on Dizzie’s successful prefill business model and the Refill Coalition’s Aldi trial, this report is an invaluable resource for anyone looking to make an impact in the reusable packaging landscape.

Find out more and save here

Refill Expert Interview
Nick Torday of Bower Collective

We recently took the opportunity to talk to Nick Torday at Bower Collective. In this 15-minute conversation, Nick talks us through his Bowerpack reusable packaging system.

Until next time. Happy innovating.


November 2023

Startup Snapshot: This Week in Packaging Innovation

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ThePackHub Startup Snapshot

by Paul Jenkins, Managing Director of ThePackHub.
I’m pleased to share a new initiative from ThePackHub where we focus on the exciting world of packaging startups.

Startups are the lifeblood of the packaging innovation industry and we believe are worthy of some extra attention here.

The Innovation Zone database platform is a reliable destination for keeping up-to-date with the latest global packaging initiatives. With a comprehensive collection of more than 7,800 packaging innovations worldwide, you can stay informed about the latest developments and advancements in packaging. Visit our platform today to learn more.

 

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Innovation Zone – Startup of the week #1

Low cost temperature tracker needs no power supply

CleanTech & Beyond is a deep-tech university spin-off located at the centre of innovation district in Rayong, Thailand, that specialises in developing advanced materials for environmental sensing applications. The company’s DTI, or “Digital Temperature Indicator,” is an irreversible temperature indicator label that allows temperature-tracking at the item level and displays the status in both visual and digital formats when an item is exposed to temperatures outside of a specific threshold. The DTI’s core technology is based on patented thermoresponsive materials. The DTI is created to broaden the usage of passive RFID/NFC labels from just tracking items to include sensing and ensuring the quality of temperature-sensitive products. The DTI can constantly track the ambient temperature of an attached item without any external power sources – no need for batteries, with the cost of a DTI reported to be comparable to traditional RFID/NFC labels.

Via ThePackHub Innovation Zone.

The Startup Interview #3

In the third of a series of interviews with packaging startup founders and entrepreneurs, I chat with Alistair Ezzy, Sales Director of ecoMLR, a recent winner of ThePackHub’s Packaging Startup Awards.

You may also watch a couple of our most recent video interviews

Innovation Zone – Startup of the week #2

Estonian startup gets funding for wood-based alternative to bubble wrap

Raiku is an Estonian startup that has developed an innovative protective packaging product alternative to PE (polyethylene) bubblewrap. The company’s product is made from sustainable wooden ‘springs’. They have now announced that they have received funding of €8.8M (£7.7m), made up of a €5.65 million grant from the European Innovation Council (EIC) and €3.15 million in investments from private sector investors, including Kaamos, Vestman, Little Green Fund, as well as numerous private investors from Estonia and Finland. The company’s primary objective with this new funding is to advance its chemical-free and compostable packaging material technology, establish its first factory, and expand production on a global scale. Raiku specialises in creating sustainable, protective, and entirely natural packaging materials with a low CO2 footprint to address the pressing issue of packaging waste ending up in landfills and nature.

Via ThePackHub Innovation Zone.

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ThePackHub is excited to announce our very first Packaging Startup Report.

The report will provide you with valuable insights and ideas from 30 packaging startup founders. You’ll find out how they successfully brought their ideas to market. You’ll also discover what areas of packaging innovation they expect to thrive, moving forward. Plus, they will share what motivates them to innovate.

But that’s not all!The Packaging Startup Report will also provide you with more than 150 startup innovations, complete with images, detailed analysis from ThePackHub’s very own Paul Jenkins, and contact details.

With over 200 pages of useful information, The Packaging Startup Report is exactly what you need for 2024 and beyond. Take a look for yourself.  You can download a free sample of the report here.

The Packaging Startup Report will be available on Friday 1st December, as a downloadable PDF document.

Save now. Early Bird Rate £289 (€329 / $349) (Launch price £329 (€379, $399)).

So, order your copy now and get yourself a discount on this gold mine of commercially valuable information.

Extra discounts are available for Innovation Zone members, please Contact ThePackHub team for more information.

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Find out what’s in the report and order here.
Until next time. Happy innovating.

November 2023

The Award Goes To… A Sneak Peek at The Standout Nominees

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Innovation Zone Snapshot from ThePackHub
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Innovation Zone

ThePackHub Innovation Zone Snapshot

by Paul Jenkins, Managing Director of ThePackHub.
I’m pleased to share our latest snapshot update, which provides a glimpse into the emerging trends fromThePackHub’s global packaging innovation platform – the Innovation Zone.

Today, I’m taking a special look at The Sustainability Awards.

The Innovation Zone database platform is a reliable destination for keeping up-to-date with the latest global packaging initiatives. With a comprehensive collection of more than 7,600 packaging innovations worldwide, you can stay informed about the latest developments and advancements in packaging. Visit our platform today to learn more.
Don’t keep the latest in packaging innovation to yourself! Share the knowledge with your colleagues and friends by forwarding this newsletter to them.  They can click here to subscribe.

Five stand out innovations I spotted whilst judging The Sustainability Awards.

I was lucky to be once again part of the esteemed judging panel for this year’s Sustainable Packaging Awards. I was one of more than 50 judges tasked with assessing the many entries across two rounds. The winners will be announced in Amsterdam on Tuesday, 14th November (register here) as part of the Sustainable Packaging Summit.

Here are five stand-out initiatives with a great chance of award glory (in my humble opinion). I have no insider knowledge, of course, but these all caught my eye for their innovative and differentiated approaches.

Firstly, we have Plastiques Venthenat, in collaboration with Citeo, Olga, Amcor, CEDAP, and Synerlink, with their Fully Recyclable Ready Yogurt FFS pack. Yoghurt cup packaging made of single (98.5%) raw material polystyrene is a worldwide innovation. This new pack promises to optimise the efficiency of the whole recycling chain process, from sorting to new recycled material applications. It will allow yoghurt producers to claim their packaging is fully recyclable. This has been shortlisted in the pre-commercialized Recyclable Packaging category.

Next, Amcor’s Quantum technology offers a lightweight finish for PET (Polyethylene Terephthalate) bottles, slashing more than 50% of the material and weight from the bottle’s finish. This results in cost-efficiency and a reduction in carbon emissions. It has been nominated in the pre-commercialized Climate category.

A collaboration between Chilean reusable packaging company Algramo, digital wallet providers MACH, and Coca Cola Andina is helping to promote packaging reuse in universities. In November of last year, Algramo, in partnership with the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile and Coca-Cola Andina, launched the first pilot of its beverage container reuse project. The pilot managed to keep more than 800 containers in circulation, achieving a reuse of 72% and a positive reception. Following this success, the pilot will begin its second phase with MACH, with 22 vending machines on different university campuses in the Metropolitan Region.

Krysteline Technologies, another contender, offers global solutions for glass processing. Their systems handle various types of glass—from containers and flat glass to pharmaceutical borosilicate and photovoltaic cells—transforming them into ultra-low CO2 products for diverse markets, including Remelt. This initiative is shortlisted in the commercialized Best Practice category.

Finally, Rotomac’s ICEBREAKER 167 – CORELESS machine stands out for its revolutionary method of producing coreless aluminium foil rolls. Developed under the ROTOMAC brand by IMS TECHNOLOGIES, this technology dramatically cuts down on carbon emissions and paper usage, while offering substantial savings in stock and logistical expenses. It is nominated in the pre-commercialized Climate category.

The Sustainability Awards are part of a packed agenda at the Sustainable Packaging Summit. Come and join us! You can find out more and book here.

Leading brand owners, retailers, and packaging suppliers trust the Innovation Zone to stay ahead with the latest packaging innovations. Contact me to learn how membership can enhance your company’s understanding.
Until next time. Happy innovating.

September 2023

Packaging Startup Award winners announced

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ThePackHub’s inaugural Packaging Startup Awards, sponsored by Ocado, culminated in a much-anticipated awards ceremony during London Packaging Week on Friday, 22nd September.

A distinguished panel of 15 judges, comprising brand owners and retailers with lots of packaging industry expertise, rigorously evaluated the submissions. This year’s competition attracted an impressive 94 entries from around the globe, spread across six categories.

 

Paul Jenkins, Managing Director of ThePackHub, and Laura Fernandez, Senior Packaging Sustainability Manager at Ocado Retail, had the honour of announcing the winners.

The packaging startups that took home the awards have each set a high bar in innovation, sustainability, and creative design. We are delighted to shine a spotlight on their commendable accomplishments.

And now, without further delay, let us unveil and celebrate this year’s distinguished winners:

Alternative Materials

Releaf Paper

Connected Packaging

Konvoy

Increased Functionality 

Choose Planet A (The Good Cup)

Online

Bulkify LImited (Moree)

Refill & Reuse

Dizzie

Waste Reduction

ecomlr

We will be featuring each winner in more detail soon.

https://packagingstartupawards.com/live/en/page/home 

 

 

Until next time. Happy innovating.

September 2023

Who will pick up the top prizes next week?

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The moment we’ve been waiting for is here! We are thrilled to unveil the finalists for ThePackHub’s inaugural Packaging Startup Awards sponsored by Ocado!

The entries have been assessed by our 15-strong expert panel of judges who have brought their wealth of knowledge and experience to proceedings.

These outstanding startups have showcased innovation, sustainability, and creativity in the packaging industry, and we are proud to recognize their achievements. Each of these finalists brings something different to the table.

The winners will take the spotlight and receive their much-deserved accolades at the prestigious London Packaging Week on Friday, 22nd September. Make sure to mark your calendars – you won’t want to miss this!

You can register for London Packaging Week here. 

Without further ado, let’s celebrate our finalists…

Alternative Materials

Kelp Industries Ltd, one.five, Pulpex, Releaf Paper

Connected Packaging

Aura, Bulkify Limited, Konvoy, PiQR

Increased Functionality 

Choose Planet A, Folia Materials, Nexshift Inc, Recover Packaging,

Online

Beans Coffee Club, Bulkify LImited,  Spudos,

Refill & Reuse

Bower Collective, Cauli, circolution, Good Club (Dizzie)

Waste Reduction

Choose Planet A, ecomlr, Magnomer, Papair

Until next time. Happy innovating.

March 2023

Trend Tracking: Paper bottles are getting traction and here’s why

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Innovation Zone

ThePackHub Innovation Zone Snapshot

by Paul Jenkins, Managing Director of ThePackHub.
I’m pleased to share with you an Innovation Zone snapshot update, which provides a glimpse into the emerging trends on ThePackHub’s global packaging innovation platform.
The Innovation Zone database platform is a reliable destination for keeping up-to-date with the latest global packaging initiatives. With a comprehensive collection of packaging innovations worldwide, you can stay informed about the latest developments and advancements in packaging. Visit our platform today to learn more.
Don’t keep the latest in packaging innovation to yourself! Share the knowledge with your colleagues and friends by forwarding this newsletter to them.  Click here to subscribe.

Trend Tracking: Paper bottles are getting traction and here’s why

This week, I’m taking a deep dive into the world of paper bottles.

The packaging industry is constantly seeking sustainable alternatives to single-use packaging materials. The search for innovative solutions to replace plastic is ongoing, and The Innovation Zone is closely monitoring the switch to various materials in pursuit of improved sustainability.

One of the latest and most intriguing solutions we’re tracking is the development of paper bottles. They are quickly gaining attention as an alternative to traditional packaging materials such as glass, plastic, and aluminium. Some question the introduction of paper bottles as an alternative material particularly if there is a plastic lining used, which can negate the ‘plastic-free’ headline these solutions often aim to garner.

However, paper bottles are made from renewable materials, and are recyclable and biodegradable, making them a potentially effective tool in reducing carbon footprint particularly compared to glass. They are also lightweight and unbreakable, easily transportable, and can be customized in shape and design to meet specific product needs.

As consumer demand for environmentally friendly products grows, paper bottles are emerging as a viable and exciting solution for the packaging industry. While concerns about the use of plastic liners must be addressed, the potential benefits of paper bottles in reducing the industry’s impact on the environment make them a promising innovation.

GIVE ME FIVE!

Here are five new paper bottle initiatives we think you should know about recently posted to the Innovation Zone.

  1. PA Consulting and PulPac launched the Bottle Collective to industrialize a low-cost, high-speed dry moulded fibre recyclable bottle process, with the aim of replacing single-use plastic bottles for various products. Fibre bottles use less water and have already been prototyped, with brand partners working to scale production by 2025.
  2. Distillery 98’s Half Shell Vodka, sold in a Frugalpac paper bottle, uses recycled paperboard and food-grade inner pouch, with 77% less plastic and five times less carbon footprint than glass. The vodka is filtered through Gulf oyster shells and reflects the Florida coastline’s ecology.
  3. SUPA Innovations developed a world-first paper bottle for eco-mate laundry and washing up liquids, with an internal seaweed and natural plant latex coating for biodegradability. The bottle is compostable or recyclable, avoiding a plastic lining.
  4. Cullen Packaging’s Fibre Bottle is a fully recyclable moulded pulp product for dry goods, using natural and recycled materials and a closed-loop recycling system. The product could potentially replace 270m single-use plastic bottles annually.
  5. P&G is trialing paper bottles for Lenor’s Fabric Conditioner with Paboco and Albert Heijn, gathering feedback to develop a fully recyclable paper bottle at scale to reduce the carbon footprint of packaging. The bottle is made from FSC-certified paper fibres with an inner layer of recycled plastic.

In conclusion, the packaging industry’s search for sustainable alternatives to single-use materials is ongoing, and paper bottles are emerging as a promising solution. Whilst their relative sustainability needs to be challenged and concerns about plastic liners must be addressed, the use of renewable materials, recyclability and biodegradability make paper bottles a potentially effective tool in reducing carbon footprint.

With developers continuing to innovate and explore and improve sustainable paper bottle packaging. this area looks set to continue to grow.

Leading brand owners, retailers, and packaging suppliers trust the Innovation Zone to stay ahead with the latest packaging innovations. Contact me to learn how membership can enhance your company’s understanding.

ThePackHub’s Refillable & Reusable Packaging Compendium Volume 2 is out now. The most comprehensive reuse packaging trend summary available. Find out more and order here.

ThePackHub’s latest webinar was broadcast last week and you can now watch it (again) in full.

The webinar provides a comprehensive overview of the latest advancements in plastic packaging innovation. It features David Rimmer, a Managing Director at Unette, who shares his insights and experience on how his business is working towards a more sustainable future. The webinar explores the latest trends in plastic packaging, including sustainable solutions, easy-open and lightweight designs, and technological advancements. It also discusses the benefits of using plastic packaging, as well as the challenges the industry faces in terms of sustainability and waste reduction. The webinar is suitable for anyone interested in staying up-to-date on the latest developments in plastic packaging innovation, including packaging industry professionals, sustainability advocates, and individuals interested in technology and innovation.

Watch here.

Please visit ThePackHub or call us on +44(0)118 963 9990 to find out more about our range of packaging innovation services.
Until next time. Happy innovating.

March 2023

Trend Tracking: recycling initiatives are increasing and this is why

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Innovation Zone

ThePackHub Innovation Zone Snapshot

by Paul Jenkins, Managing Director of ThePackHub.
I’m pleased to share with you an Innovation Zone snapshot update, which provides a glimpse into the emerging trends on ThePackHub’s global packaging innovation platform.
The Innovation Zone database platform is a reliable destination for keeping up-to-date with the latest global packaging initiatives. With a comprehensive collection of packaging innovations worldwide, you can stay informed about the latest developments and advancements in packaging. Visit our platform today to learn more.
Don’t keep the latest in packaging innovation to yourself! Share the knowledge with your colleagues and friends by forwarding this newsletter to them.  Click here to subscribe.

Trend Tracking: recycling initiatives are increasing and this is why

This week, I’m taking a deep dive into recycling.

The number of recycling initiatives posted to our Innovation Zone platform continues to be impressive. We’re tracking many examples and have already posted 129 recycled content or recyclable initiatives since the start of 2023.

The desire for recyclable packaging results from several factors, including ongoing environmental concerns, various regulations and pacts, technological advancements and consumer pressure to deliver more sustainable packaging. On that last point, 85% of US consumers strongly believe in recycling, according to the Recycling Partnership. A survey conducted by Amcor, indicated that most consumers (76%) desire to increase their recycling efforts, with recyclability being the most important sustainability factor in packaging that concerns them. Research from Kantor last year shows that 60% of consumers are seeking “better plastic choices”.

GIVE ME FIVE!

Here are five new recycling initiatives we think you should know about recently posted to the Innovation Zone.

ProAmpac have launched ProActive Recyclable R-2050, a sustainable flexible packaging series for frozen food, fresh produce, dry foods, and pet treats in Europe, which is a patent-pending, PE-based alternative to conventional multi-material laminated structures. The R-2050 series offers high clarity, drop resistance, stiffness, dimpling resistance, puncture resistance, and directional tear without the need for laser scoring. It is also widely recyclable and OPRL-compliant in the UK.

Fedrigoni Self-Adhesives have released a range of 100% recycled fibre labels with 30% rPET liners, designed for high-performance applications where wet strength technology is required, such as wine and beer bottle labels. The group aims to double the volume of sustainable items in its product portfolio by 2030, and the 100% Recycled Premium Papers are FSC-certified.

Polytag have developed a low-cost and easily retrofitted two-part UV tag reading solution in collaboration with researchers at the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre. The UV tags will provide packaging lifecycle data to key stakeholders in the supply chain, and retailers Co-op and Ocado have already partnered with Polytag. Co-op’s two-litre own-brand spring water bottles will have UV tags printed on their labels and be detected by Polytag’s UV tag reader at the Abergele Recycling Centre in North Wales.

Vinventions recently launched the Nomacorc Ocean closure made from Ocean-Bound Plastic (OBP), which is collected under ethical and profitable conditions certified to Zero Plastic Oceans standards to prevent marine pollution. Two partnerships have been forged with Donnafugata Estate in Sicily and Maison Bouey in France for their wines.

5 Tesco have partnered with Keep Sea Blue to incorporate a minimum of 30% Recycled Seaside Plastic (RSP) into the plastic packaging for its fish products, including salmon, haddock, cod, and sea bass lines. The RSP is collected within 10km of the Mediterranean Sea from beaches, coastlines, and coastal communities. The PET packaging will be sorted, ground, washed, and recycled for food-grade packaging materials.

In summary, these innovations are typical of the initiatives we are tracking in the Innovation Zone and demonstrate the continued focus on recycling in the packaging industry. ProAmpac’s ProActive Recyclable R-2050 and Fedrigoni Self-Adhesives’ 100% recycled fibre labels provide sustainable alternatives to conventional packaging without sacrificing performance. Polytag’s UV tag reading solution offers a way to collect packaging lifecycle data. Vinventions’ Nomacorc Ocean and Tesco’s partnership with Keep Sea Blue to incorporate recycled seaside plastic in its fish product packaging demonstrates a commitment to reducing the use of virgin plastic using plastic destined for the sea. These initiatives highlight the industry’s efforts to move towards more sustainable packaging via recycling efforts.

We expect this recycling trend is expected to continue into the foreseeable future.

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February 2023

Trend Tracking: switching to paper-based packs is showing no signs of slowing

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ThePackHub Innovation Zone Snapshot

by Paul Jenkins, Managing Director of ThePackHub.
I am delighted to bring you my personal Innovation Zone snapshot update, a peek at the emerging trends from ThePackHub’s 6,800-strong global packaging innovation platform.
I might be a bit biased (!) but The Innovation Zone database platform is THE go-to destination to keep up to speed with all the latest global packaging initiatives.

 

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Trend Tracking: switching to paper-based packs is showing no signs of slowing.

 

This week, I’m taking a deep dive into paper-based packaging.

The number of paper-based packaging examples posted to our Innovation Zone platform is on the up. In fact, we’re tracking more examples than ever and have already posted 18 since the start of 2023. The Nestle switch to paper-based KitKat packs in Australia is probably the most head-turning of them this year.

A study by Two Sides states that 55% of UK consumers prefer paper packaging as being better for the environment, 51% for being easier to recycle and 77% for being home compostable.

Brands and retailers are increasingly switching to paper-based packaging due to consistent demand from consumers for non-plastic packaging alternatives.  The move can often help meet recyclability objectives and assist to reduce plastic waste. Paper-based packaging is, as well as being recyclable, also biodegradable and compostable. Technological advances have made paper-based packaging more versatile, formable and durable, and it can be printed with high-quality graphics, enhancing the product’s branding and consumer appeal.

Not every change is seen positively, with comments about greenwashing and appeasing consumers being made for some initiatives, particularly when they are not supported by LCAs or carbon footprint reduction claims.

Many of the developments we’re tracking are in market launches and this change is predicted by us to continue for some time yet.

GIVE ME FIVE!

Here are five new paper-based initiatives we think you should know about recently posted to the Innovation Zone.

1 – Enova Pack by Evopak is a flexible packaging material made from adaptive polymers and paper that is recyclable, compostable, biodegradable, and safe for marine and wildlife. It has high barrier properties and puncture resistance, while remaining flexible and water-resistant. The material runs on form fill & seal machines and has been successfully used to package vegan lentil chips.

2 – nucao, a vegan chocolate maker in Germany, has switched to primary packaging made from NexPlus Advanced paper by Koehler Paper, citing its excellent barrier properties and printability. The packaging is 100% recyclable, reduces CO2 footprint, and aligns with consumers’ preference for eco-friendly options.

3 – Toppan, a Japanese provider of advanced printing and communication technology, has developed an NFC tag label that uses paper as the substrate for the antenna instead of PET film. The new label is designed to break if removed, preventing fraudulent use, and is 30% thinner than previous products. With increasing demand for sustainable materials, the use of paper in place of plastic aligns with current environmental initiatives.

4 – Mitsubishi HiTec Paper, a German paper manufacturer, has introduced a new product called PACK, aimed at sustainable packaging of toys and small items. The FSC and PEFC certified paper, made from virgin fibres and available in 75gsm weight, offers excellent heat-sealability, making it ideal for pouch packaging. It has been tested successfully on leading packaging machines and is a sustainable alternative to plastic film composites.

5 – Chocal Packaging Solutions provides an alternative to conventional plastic packaging with their Chocal Paper Fibre technology. This formable and printable packaging is produced using coated paper-based materials, making it food-safe, highly stable, and eco-friendly. The biopolymer coating provides water, odour, and fat barrier properties, and the trays can be customized to various depths and printed with colour and text. All CPF variants are compostable or recyclable.

In summary, the demand for non-plastic packaging alternatives is driving an increase in paper-based packaging, with brands and retailers switching to meet recyclability objectives and reduce plastic waste. Consumers have shown a preference for paper packaging, with many citing its environmental benefits and recyclability. Technological advances have made paper-based packaging more versatile and durable, and it can also be printed with high-quality graphics to enhance branding and consumer appeal. However, not all changes are viewed as the best route to take, with concerns about greenwashing and the need for evidence-based claims to support sustainability initiatives.

This paper-based trend is expected to continue in the foreseeable future.

Leading brand owners, retailers, and packaging suppliers trust the Innovation Zone to stay ahead with the latest packaging innovations. Contact me to learn how membership can enhance your company’s understanding.

ThePackHub’s Refillable & Reusable Packaging Compendium Volume 2 is out now. The most comprehensive reuse packaging trend summary available. Find out more and order here.

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ThePackHub’s latest webinar was broadcast this week and you can now watch it (again) in full.

Don’t miss out on the latest e-commerce packaging trends! Watch ThePackHub’s recent webinar now for a comprehensive look at innovation in the industry. Discover inspiring in-market and developmental examples, and hear from Ian Beresford of Essentra Tapes on the crucial role packaging plays in creating a positive first impression and shaping consumer perceptions of sustainability.

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Please visit ThePackHub or call us on +44(0)118 963 9990 to find out more about our range of packaging innovation services.
Until next time. Happy innovating.

February 2023

Trend Tracking: seaweed developments taking the lion’s share of pre-commercialised bio-packs

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ThePackHub Innovation Zone Snapshot

by Paul Jenkins, Managing Director of ThePackHub.
I am delighted to bring you my personal Innovation Zone snapshot update, a peek at the emerging trends from ThePackHub’s 6,800-strong global packaging innovation platform.
The Innovation Zone database subscription is THE go-to destination to keep up to speed with all the latest global packaging initiatives.
Don’t keep the latest in packaging innovation to yourself! Share the knowledge with your colleagues and friends by forwarding this newsletter to them.  Click here to subscribe.

Trend Tracking: seaweed developments taking the lion’s share of pre-commercialised bio-packs.

This week, I’m taking a deep dive into the bio-packaging market and, specifically, seaweed-based developments.

Seaweed-based packaging initiatives have increased over recent times and we’re tracking more examples in the Innovation Zone than ever before. We’ve already tracked nine since the start of the year.

Seaweed is a renewable resource that can be harvested in large quantities without causing harm to the environment. It is biodegradable and compostable, meaning it can break down naturally without leaving any harmful residue. Seaweed grows faster than land plants and generates negative CO2. Seaweed-based packaging has several good barrier properties, including moisture, oxygen, odour, grease, and light protection, which makes it suitable for packaging food and other perishable goods. This is making it an attractive alternative to single-use plastics for some operators.

Many of the developments we’re tracking are still at the pre-commercialisation stage, meaning we’re likely to see more launches in the coming months and years.

GIVE ME FIVE!

Here are five new seaweed-based initiatives we think you should know about recently posted to the Innovation Zone.

1 – Carbonwave, based in Boston, creates plant-based materials from seaweed to restore soils and oceans, eliminate micro-plastics, and achieve carbon neutrality. Their materials replace toxic petroleum-based products and create alternatives such as fertilizers, cosmetics, clothing, and packaging. Carbonwave has developed a seaweed-based leather-like fabric that is competitive with other vegan textiles without relying on polyurethane plastic.

2 – Biscuit Olibet uses bioplastic laminate with up to 30% algae for internal wrappers. The laminate is made by Superfilm and used by Olibet to package chocolate and spice shortbread. The wrapper won a Worldstar award from the World Packaging Organization. Eranova aims to produce 30,000 tonnes of bioplastic by 2027 and is seeking 60 million euros in funding.

3 – Swiss startup Noriware creates biodegradable seaweed material to reduce waste from single-use plastics in the food service industry. The company offers two alternative products, the Noricup and Norifilm, and received support from a university and funds from NTN Innovation Booster Plastics for Zero Emission.

4 – London-based Notpla has been around for a while but has recently launched a plastic-free, seaweed-based takeaway packaging line that is grease and water-resistant. The packaging can be recycled or home composted and is PFAS-free. Just Eat is supplying seaweed-coated packaging to restaurants in several countries. The range includes seven packaging options and is available in both white and brown kraft paperboard.

5 – Researchers from the Polytechnic University of Leiria aim to create an edible, algae-based substitute for single-use plastic film for frozen fish. The SeaFilm project incorporates bioactive seaweed extracts to increase shelf life and provide a biodegradable film that can be disposed of or eaten with the fish. The film could even include seasonings for a convenient and tasty meal. The solution was supported by the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund and the industry is eager to see results for other species such as cod and hake.

Seaweed-based packaging has emerged as a promising alternative to conventional packaging materials. It offers several benefits in terms of sustainability, biodegradability, and barrier properties. However, its widespread adoption still faces significant challenges related to its cost, availability, and scalability. In addition, the end-of-life disposal of seaweed-based packaging remains a concern, as some options, such as consuming it, is often not practical. Compostable packaging also requires specific conditions to decompose correctly and should be disposed of in a commercial composting facility or a home composting system.

Leading brand owners, retailers, and packaging suppliers trust the Innovation Zone to stay ahead with the latest packaging innovations. Contact me to learn how membership can enhance your company’s understanding.

ThePackHub’s Refillable & Reusable Packaging Compendium Volume 2 is out now. The most comprehensive reuse packaging trend summary available. Find out more and order here.

I will be presenting at Packaging Innovations NEC this week.

Global Events Packaging Trends Tracker will be on the Innovation & Design Stage at 11:30 on 15th February.

If you attending this week, let me know! It would be great to catch up.

You can register for the show here.

Book now
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Join us for a FREE one-hour webinar and discover the cutting-edge advancements in plastic packaging innovation. Get a comprehensive overview of the latest initiatives and in-market developments that will inspire and inform you.

Hear from industry expert David Rimmer, Managing Director at Unette, as he shares insights on how his business is driving sustainable solutions and delivering easy-open, lightweighted plastic packaging.

Don’t miss this opportunity to stay ahead of the curve and learn from industry leaders. Sign up now!

Register here.

ThePackHub’s latest webinar was broadcast this week and you can now watch it (again) in full.

Don’t miss out on the latest e-commerce packaging trends! Watch ThePackHub’s recent webinar now for a comprehensive look at innovation in the industry. Discover inspiring in-market and developmental examples, and hear from Ian Beresford of Essentra Tapes on the crucial role packaging plays in creating a positive first impression and shaping consumer perceptions of sustainability.

Click here to access this informative one-hour session.

Please visit ThePackHub or call us on +44(0)118 963 9990 to find out more about our range of packaging innovation services.
Until next time. Happy innovating.

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