Category: Shelf stand out

December 2019

Innovation Zone Snapshot – Limited edition vodka bottle created with parts of broken, recycled glass

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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.

NEW Sustainable Packaging Compendium 2020

Latest Early Bird ends this Friday 13th December

Pre-order now and save £250

Following the success of ThePackHub’s first Sustainable Packaging Compendium, we are delighted to announce the introduction of the second instalment for 2020.

The in-depth review includes a unique and comprehensive summary of over 500 of the latest sustainable packaging innovations covering initiatives across compostable and biodegradable, biomaterial development, reusable and refillable, recycling initiatives, plastic replacement, carbon footprint reduction and more. Find out which brands, retailers and suppliers are bringing new sustainable innovations to market as well as those universities and research institutions working on the sustainable packaging of the future.  The Sustainable Packaging Compendium 2020 also includes a supplier contacts directory featuring a comprehensive list of names and contact details of the top suppliers in sustainable packaging.

You will receive a printed copy delivered free of charge plus a searchable PDF to download.

Pre-order today and save £250 – latest early bird ends Friday 13th December at 6pm

Sustainable Packaging Compendium 2020 comprises more than 600 pages and is available on Friday 10th January.

 

You can join over 4,400 others and stay up to speed on the latest packaging news from ThePackHub by following us on LinkedIn – www.linkedin.com/company/thepackhub

#1 Limited edition vodka bottle created with parts of broken, recycled glass

Absolut are one of the leading brands in the art of delivering stand out and head-turning limited editions and their latest efforts looks to keep that trend going. Absolut Comeback is a new special edition bottle that commemorates recycling and the circular economy through the use of parts of broken and recycled glass. The glass bottle that you will to want to keep for ever is positioned as the bottle that highlights the need to recycle. Absolut Company worked with glass packaging manufacturer Ardagh Glass and their design team on the bottle that ‘celebrates recycling’. The intention was to create a bottle design based on recycled glass to promote and visualize the benefits of recycling. The solution sounds like a potential health and safety nightmare with at least 40% of the bottle consisting of recycled glass with actual parts of broken glass included. See also Limited edition spirit pack delivers distinctive pack shape.

 

More info in The Innovation Zone.


#2 Vanilla-flavoured, edible coffee cups take to the sky


Edible packaging continues to come to our attention as brands and retailers trial ways to bring more sustainable products to market. This time we see Air New Zealand trial edible coffee cups in an attempt to reduce single-use packaging waste. The airline serves more than eight million cups of coffee each year. The leakproof vanilla-flavoured cup doubles as a dessert bowl and reported feedback so far is that they have been popular with passengers both in the air and on the ground. The cups are the brainchild of New Zealand developers Twiice. As part of a broader sustainability drive, Air New Zealand recently switched to plant-based cups on board all aircrafts and in lounges to prevent them from going to landfill. See also Edible smoothie cup hits Brazilian shelves.

More info in The Innovation Zone.


#3 Gourmet sausage brand delivered in tube format

Embutidos España has announced the launch of a new meat proposition in an unusual pack format. The container for gourmet Iberian sausage has been specifically designed for the Christmas season and comes in its own recyclable tube. The solution came as a response to consumer research that indicated that there was demand for a seasonal and premium offering in distinctive and differentiated packaging.  The 400 g containers is already on sale in some retail stores, where it is being well received by shoppers.

 

 

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#4 Laundry bags dissolve safely in hot water


The laundry bag market is getting a functional overhaul with the introduction of hot water-soluble bags for the Australia market. The new proposition has been introduced by New South Wales based Australian distributor, DB Packaging. The bags are made using technology devised by Birmingham, UK plastic technology experts Aquapak. They have developed their Hydropol polymer that is non-toxic and marine-safe. It’s a biodegradable material that is soluble in warm or hot water. See also Clothing brand launches bags that break down naturally in soil and in waterThe bags will be used to contain dirty and/or contaminated laundry and then put directly into washing machines without any direct human contact. The bags dissolve in hot water with no plastic residue to dispose. The new solution retains all the functionality of traditional plastic bags. DB Packaging has worked with Advent Packaging to bring the range of laundry and food waste bags to market.

More info in The Innovation Zone.


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

Until next time. Happy innovating.


December 2019

Innovation Zone Snapshot – New technique deodorises plastic to improve recycling

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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.

NEW Sustainable Packaging Compendium 2020

Early Bird extended until 6pm GMT Monday 2nd December

Pre-order now and save £300

Following the success of ThePackHub’s first Sustainable Packaging Compendium, we are delighted to announce the introduction of the second instalment for 2020.

The in-depth review includes a unique and comprehensive summary of over 500 of the latest sustainable packaging innovations covering initiatives across compostable and biodegradable, biomaterial development, reusable and refillable, recycling initiatives, plastic replacement, carbon footprint reduction and more. Find out which brands, retailers and suppliers are bringing new sustainable innovations to market as well as those universities and research institutions working on the sustainable packaging of the future.  The Sustainable Packaging Compendium 2020 also includes a supplier contacts directory featuring a comprehensive list of names and contact details of the top suppliers in sustainable packaging.

You will receive a printed copy delivered free of charge plus a searchable PDF to download.

Pre-order today and save £300 – extended early bird ends today at 6pm GMT

Sustainable Packaging Compendium 2020 comprises more than 600 pages and is available on Friday 10th January.

 

You can join 4,300 others and stay up to speed on the latest packaging news from ThePackHub by following us on LinkedIn – www.linkedin.com/company/thepackhub

#1 New technique deodorises plastic to improve recycling

Recycling remains an important sustainability activity and methods to improve its efficacy continues across universities and research institutions around the world. A new process is in development that tackles the odour left in some plastic due for recycling. The smells absorbed by plastic from odorous substances can make it unsuitable for recycling. A development from Spain’s University of Alicante is able to remove the volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that are emitted by a plastic container’s contents and absorbed by its polymer matrix. Deodorizing is currently not possible via conventional washing and recycling methods. The patented process sees used plastic containers crushed into small particles and then chemically-washed with a special cleaning substance and then rinsed and dried. A ‘steam stripping’ process removes the odour via the technique of passing steam through a material. As that steam rises, it carries VOCs that were in the material with it. The resulting VOC-laden liquid can then be separated.  It is reported that several organisations are interested in commercialising the technology in due course. See also Partnership one step closer to restore post-consumer PP plastic to virgin-like resin.

 

More info in The Innovation Zone.


#2 Compostable cap for beauty sector launched


Catalan based wooden packaging experts Pujolasos specialises in the development and manufacture of caps for the perfume, cosmetics and spirits markets. The business has announced the launch of a natural and compostable cap for fragrance bottles. The patented solution made from natural materials is claimed to be the first cap of its type for the beauty sector and is set to help brands stand out on shelf as well as reinforce their environmental credentials. The Woork cap combines wood and cork and is also free from any plastic. No glue is used in its manufacture. The cap made with only natural materials is fully compostable.  The innovation features a wooden external part and a cork insert to create a junction between the cap and the perfume’s pump. The cap can be customized to adapt to the specific requirements of brand owners. See also Cosmetics pack ticks compostable, recyclable and reusable boxes

More info in The Innovation Zone.


#3 Paper folding design removes need for coffee cup lids

The UK market gets through around seven million disposable coffee cups with lids every day. The global situation is much bigger number of course. The impact on the environment is significant with the vast majority of the cups and lids not being recycled. An Ellen MacArthur Foundation supported initiative aims to have a difference. Unocup is made from that same plastic-lined paper material as conventional coffee cups. A folding paper-based design has been created to deliver a takeaway coffee cup option without the need for a plastic lid. The Unocup has been compared to a paper noodle box with the contents secured inside a paper chamber via folding flaps, which come together to create a spout at one end. A Kickstarter campaign has been launched to generate investment funds and further interest. See also All-paper spill-free cup removes plastic lid requirement and One piece coffee cup eliminates plastic lid.

 

More info in The Innovation Zone.


#4 Oxygen-free tubular pack reduces plastic and increases meat shelf-life


Danish Crown is a meat processing company and is Europe’s largest pork producer. The business has announced a new pack format that ticks boxes for the environment as well as for the extension of product shelf life. The new pack has been launched for the foodservice sector and is presented in a cylindrical tube container. The change from a tray format with lidding film is said to reduce the amount of plastic used by 85%.  The minced meat is packed without oxygen, which ensures that the shelf life is doubled extending from 7 days to two weeks. The meat will not appear quite as red in the new packaging as the oxygen used in the traditional trays helps the meat retain its red colour. As this is a foodservices product, it is anticipated that the professional trade will not see this as an issue.

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.


November 2019

Innovation Zone Snapshot – Shrink wrap phase out saves plastic and CO2

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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.

NEW Sustainable Packaging Compendium 2020

Early Bird ends on Friday

Pre-order now and save £300

Following the success of ThePackHub’s first Sustainable Packaging Compendium, we are delighted to announce the introduction of the second instalment for 2020.

The in-depth review includes a unique and comprehensive summary of over 500 of the latest sustainable packaging innovations covering initiatives across compostable and biodegradable, biomaterial development, reusable and refillable, recycling initiatives, plastic replacement, carbon footprint reduction and more. Find out which brands, retailers and suppliers are bringing new sustainable innovations to market as well as those universities and research institutions working on the sustainable packaging of the future.  The Sustainable Packaging Compendium 2020 also includes a supplier contacts directory featuring a comprehensive list of names and contact details of the top suppliers in sustainable packaging.

You will receive a printed copy delivered free of charge plus a searchable PDF to download.

Pre-order today and save £300 – time limited offer

Sustainable Packaging Compendium 2020 comprises more than 600 pages and is available on Friday 10th January.

 

You can join over 4,000 others and stay up to speed on the latest packaging news from ThePackHub by following us on LinkedIn – www.linkedin.com/company/thepackhub

#1 Shrink wrap phase out saves plastic and CO2

Coca-Cola has announced another plastic-reduction initiative as part of their comprehensive sustainability programme. Its European bottling partners will remove shrink wrap from its can multipacks to be replaced with a recyclable paperboard packaging solution from Graphic Packaging International (GPI). The €15m investment will end the use of shrink-wrapped plastics across all can multipacks sold in the UK. GPI’s KeelClip is a minimal material paper fastener that replaces plastic rings, tops and shrink wrap. See also 850 tonnes of plastic go in switch to paper-based wrap solution from AB InbevThe roll out will encompass all of Coca-Cola’s EU markets. It is claimed that the initiative will save around 2,000 tonnes of plastic as well as 3,000 tonnes of CO2 per asnnum.  Larger multipacks will have their shrink wrap replaced by a carton pack as announced recently. See Plastic shrink-wrap replaced with cardboard for consumer multipacksMore than 30 million packs in total each year will no longer be wrapped in plastic.

 

More info in The Innovation Zone.


#2 Alphanumeric printed code created as alternative to QR


A new tool has been launched as an alternative to the ubiquitous QR code. The solution from subsidiary of Mobile, Alabama headquartered Xante Corporation, InfoMark aims to connect printed packaging with the digital world. The solution delivers a simple digital link that allows users to access a wealth of audio, video, PDF and other digital format content from not just smartphones but desktops and tablets as well. This is achieved through a four-digit printed code. InfoMark aims to replaces the QR Code format that has never really fully met its potential. It is felt that the QR code format is not particularly visually appealing and can also only deliver one link through a camera based smartphone. There are over nine million four-digit alphanumeric InfoMark combinations available.

More info in The Innovation Zone.


#3 New tray delays avocado ripening process

Eden Prairie, Minnesota headquartered Robinson Fresh has introduced a new tray that has been designed to slow down avocado ripening. The ethylene absorbing tray promises to extend the shelf life of the fruit by more than 21% compared to how the product is conventionally packed. The tray is lined with a film that absorbs ethylene to delay the ripening process. Robinson Fresh will trial the new packaging with a view to a wider roll out in due course on their Happy Chameleon avocados. The use of ethylene-filtering technology is also seen here New carton doubles avocado shelf life.

 

More info in The Innovation Zone.


#4 Crystal lined boxes add some bling to takeaway market


The packaging for Burger King’s Chicken Fries might catch the eye of magpies as well as consumers with the introduction of limited edition boxes studded with crystals. Yes you read that right. Recycling rates are sure to drop with this new initiative originally available in Chmielna 20 Lab in Warsaw, Poland but sold out within three hours. The use of Swarovski crystals for packaging has been reported before. See Customised champagne bottles created using Swarovski crystalsThe campaign was also promoted via a photo session where the special BK Chicken Fries box sat side by side with equally desirable items from the world of fashion.

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.


November 2019

Innovation Zone Snapshot – Vacuum-sealed jars now 40% easier to open with push of a button

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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.

NEW Sustainable Packaging Compendium 2020

Pre-order now and save £300

Following the success of ThePackHub’s first Sustainable Packaging Compendium, we are delighted to announce the introduction of the second instalment for 2020.

The in-depth review includes a unique and comprehensive summary of over 500 of the latest sustainable packaging innovations covering initiatives across compostable and biodegradable, biomaterial development, reusable and refillable, recycling initiatives, plastic replacement, carbon footprint reduction and more. Find out which brands, retailers and suppliers are bringing new sustainable innovations to market as well as those universities and research institutions working on the sustainable packaging of the future.  The Sustainable Packaging Compendium 2020 also includes a supplier contacts directory featuring a comprehensive list of names and contact details of the top suppliers in sustainable packaging.

You will receive a printed copy delivered free of charge plus a searchable PDF to download.

Pre-order today and save £300 – time limited offer

Sustainable Packaging Compendium 2020 comprises more than 600 pages and is available on Friday 10th January.

 

You can join over 4,000 others and stay up to speed on the latest packaging news from ThePackHub by following us on LinkedIn – www.linkedin.com/company/thepackhub

#1 Vacuum-sealed jars now 40% easier to open with push of a button

Despite the recent focus on sustainable packaging innovations, pack accessibility continues to be a pressing concern as well as an opportunity. It is reported that about a third of consumers can’t open a glass jar easily and with an ageing population coupled with an increasingly competitive market place there is a chance to make a difference . Dayton, Ohio based beverage and food service packaging providers Consumer Convenience Technologies (CCT) think they might be on to something with a new way to open glass jars. It is claimed to be the first significant innovation for the metal jar lid industry in 75 years although the Innovation Zone has reported on Two part metal closure reduces opening torque in the past. CCT has introduced the patented EEASY Lid. The new technology is said to make opening vacuum-sealed jars up to 40% easier and works via the push of a button. The pressing of a button on the lid opens a tiny slit that breaks the seal and release the vacuumed air. To keep the contents fresh after use, the lid is reclosed by pressing the button from the inside of the lid. The lids provide a stable hermetic seal. Pennsylvania-based Boyer’s markets will use the lids for its Darci’s brand pasta sauce.

 

More info in The Innovation Zone.


#2 Hand-wrapped gift set box sleeve made from crushed grapes


UK skincare brand By Sarah London has recently launched a gift set range of natural beauty products for Christmas with a hand-wrapped box that is resplendent in a sleeve made using crushed grapes. The grape residue is sourced from industrial wine and juice processing in northern Europe. This is a UK exclusive innovation for the skin care brand.and the first use of grape juice for packaging reported in the Innovation Zone.  The sleeve’s environmental credentials are further enhanced though the manufacture using hydroelectricity. The box inside the sleeve is made from almost 80% recycled content and are sourced from FSC-certified forests. The box can also be reused for sustainable further gift-giving.

More info in The Innovation Zone.


#3 Improved aluminium can temperature-reactive technology launched

The world’s largest can manufacturer Ball Corporation has announced the introduction of a redesign of its special effects range with new two stage temperature-reactive technology. The special effects have been designed as a tool to help brands capture the attention of consumers with a 360-degree branding space. Recyclable opportunities are not compromised with the new embellishments. Ball’s latest Thermochromic Reveal technology is in the pre-launch trial phase but signs are promising for a roll out for beverage brand owners in due course, The new technology reacts to ambient temperature changes with a two-stage Thermochromic effect, allowing multiple engagement opportunities across the consumer journey at the point of sale, when the can is refrigerated as well as at the time of consumption. At the first stage, the special cans can alert consumers when their beverage is at the optimum drinking temperatures. At the second stage during consumption, the design can reveal hidden images and messages as the temperature changes. See also Blank design beverage can transforms when cold.

 

More info in The Innovation Zone.


#4 Refill station starts Czech Republic roll out


Brand owner Henkel and drug store chain Rossmann have joined forces to launch a refill station format with branded products. Consumers can buy their favourite brands in refill bottles in selected Rossmann Czech Republic stores and then go back and use the packaging to refill it again. A range of Henkel brand products such as Persil Gel detergent, Silan Sensitive fabric softener and Fa Hand Liquid Soap will be available to refill.  Upon arrival at a participating store, the shopper chooses an empty bottle of any product and scans its code at the filling station.This generates a label with expiration date details. All container sizes are sold on first purchase for a price of 19.90 CZK (£0.67). See also Detergent refill station aims to reduce single-use plastic waste.

More info in The Innovation Zone.


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

Until next time. Happy innovating.


November 2019

Innovation Zone Snapshot – Seaweed-based sauce sachets help prevent plastic entering landfill

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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.

New: ThePackHub’s Packaging Innovation Briefing Report for November 2019 is out now on Friday. This comprehensive and unique review of the month’s global packaging innovations ensures you are kept up to speed and fully informed of all the latest packaging innovations. This essential review is available as a PDF for just £99 + VAT.

 

You can join nearly 4,000 others and stay up to speed on the latest packaging news from ThePackHub by following us on LinkedIn – www.linkedin.com/company/thepackhub

#1 Seaweed-based sauce sachets help prevent plastic entering landfill

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

UK online food order and delivery service Just Eat is partnering with Unilever to trial a range of Hellmann’s sauces served in seaweed-based sachets. The flavourless sachets are 100% biodegradable and aims to reduce single-use plastic waste for takeaways. The capsule was invented and manufactured by UK based company Notpla (formerly Skipping Rocks Lab).  The pilot scheme will allow consumers to order Hellmann’s ketchup, BBQ, tartare and garlic sauces from 65 restaurants in this new format. The firms plan to expand to more cities if trials prove successful. According to Just Eat, 92% of customers surveyed said they would like to see more of their takeaway sauces in the seaweed-based sauce sachets. More than 9 out of ten found the sachets easier to use than a normal sachet.

 

More info in The Innovation Zone.


#2 Holographic lens effect turns heads for beverage brands

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India based Uflex has multiple locations in their home country as well as film facilities in several other countries around the world. The business has announced the launch of ‘Asepto Eye’ for aseptic beverage packaging applications. The 3D effect ‘Asepto Eye’ is part of the company’s Asepto range and has a distinctive ripple concave lens and single lens technology to deliver impactful effects for aseptic carton packaging. This type of technology is usually the territory of premium and luxury brands in cosmetics, spirits and tobacco packaging and this is the first time it has been spotted for more mainstream applications. The lenses come in various shapes and shapes for brand customization. The pack delivers real depth, great shelf stand out and a wow factor for consumers. See also Fresnel lens technology is cost effective alternative to laminates.

More info in The Innovation Zone.


#3 Fast food chain experimenting with bamboo packaging

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


KFC Canada is working on a project that could one day see their famous chicken products served in bamboo-based packaging. The fast food chain will start a pilot with their poutine (french fries and cheese curds topped with a brown gravy) product using the material. Bamboo buckets will be available at some of the company’s 600 Canadian restaurants replacing PP packs. The restaurant chain is aiming to have buckets that are compostable but will at least ensure they are recyclable and/or reusable. Bamboo grows very quickly and sequesters about 40% more carbon than trees in the same amount of land. KFC Canada will look at consumer feedback as well as operational and functional considerations before moving to any rollout.

 

More info in The Innovation Zone.


#4 Water bottles are landfill biodegradable

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USA brand Chlorophyll Water has announced that its 20 fluid ounce (568 ml) PET bottles have switched to a landfill biodegradable material. The bottles have a proprietary organic additive, that accelerates the natural biodegradation in biologically active landfills as well as anaerobic digesters. The additive is designed to attract microbial activity. When microorganisms consume the additive material, they excrete enzymes that break down the bottle. The bottle is also 100% recyclable and the brand recommends that the bottles are still recycled. Each case purchased online comes with a recycling bag. The actual rate of biodegradation will depend on the environmental conditions. Chlorophyll Water believes that total biodegradation will occur in under seven years. See also Biodegradable water bottle can degrade in 80 days.

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.


November 2019

Innovation Zone Snapshot – Collapsible lunchbox helps make takeaway food easier to transport

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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.

Special offer – Save £400 – Get your Top Packaging Supplier Guide 2019 for just £299 while stocks last. Order yours and save here.

ThePackHub’s Packaging Innovation Briefing Report for October 2019 is out now. This comprehensive and unique review of the month’s global packaging innovations ensures you are kept up to speed and fully informed of all the latest packaging innovations. This essential review is available as a PDF for just £99 + VAT.

 

You can join nearly 4,000 others and stay up to speed on the latest packaging news from ThePackHub by following us on LinkedIn – www.linkedin.com/company/thepackhub

#1 Collapsible lunchbox helps make takeaway food easier to transport

A new collapsible lunchbox has been introduced that makes takeout easier to transport as well as being better for the environment than the single-use equivalent. The MolaBox patent-pending design is easy to use and can eliminate every single piece of waste related to takeout food including cutlery. MolaBox is made using recycled materials and has a slimline design that’s easy to carry around. The collapsible container has a leakproof multipurpose lid and comes with a bag to help carry the MolaBox around. MolaBox also includes a reusable fork and spoon and a divider to make it easy to transport different food items in the same container.

 

More info in The Innovation Zone.


#2 PE film switch to paper for leading Italian toilet paper brand

Sofidel Group is one of the leading manufacturers of paper for hygienic and domestic use worldwide. The business has announced the introduction of their Rotoloni Regina Eco product in a paper-based pack format. Italian supermarket shelves will see Rotoloni Regina Eco packed in kraft paper – a material that is renewable, biodegradable and easy to recycle instead of conventional PE film.  The initiative rolled out across their European brand portfolio is set to eliminate the equivalent of 600 tonnes of plastic a year from Sofidel Group packaging by the end of 2020. This is part of an overall group objective that will see a 50% reduction in the use of plastic in its production by 2030, equivalent to the elimination of over 11,000 tonnes of plastic used each year. They are also manufactured using electricity from 100% renewable sources, generated at Sofidel production plants. See also Kitchen roll brand takes lead from toilet paper pack with switch to paper.
More info in The Innovation Zone.

#3 Cartons made from post-consumer plastic waste is a beverage market first

SIG Combibloc has a commitment to sourcing certified sustainable materials as part of their Way Beyond Good ambition. Read more about it here. The leading beverage carton manufacturer is embarking a new sustainable innovation with the announcement that it.is first to offer beverage cartons with polymers made from recycled post-consumer plastic waste. SIG is utilising low quality, mixed plastic waste that is destined for landfill or incineration. The collected plastic waste is treated in a proprietary process that transforms it into a high-quality food grade material. It is claimed that the recycled polymers offer the same quality properties as those made entirely from virgin raw materials. SIG is the first company in the beverage carton industry to partner in the foundation stage of development of recycled polymers from post-consumer waste alongside industrial polymer and petrochemical business SABIC as part of their Trucircle initiative.

 

More info in The Innovation Zone.


#4 Pilot plant to test enhanced technology to recycle PET waste

Multinational oil and gas company BP has announced the development of a potential game-changer recycling technology. The Infinia initiative promises to tackle currently unrecyclable PET plastic waste. Rolled out at scale, it has the potential to divert billions of units of coloured bottles and black food trays from landfill or incineration. Instead, the PET would be transformed back into new, virgin-quality feedstocks. BP is planning the construction of a $25 million (£19.4 million) pilot plant to prove the technology, before any progression to full-scale commercialisation. The Infinia technology is designed to turn difficult-to-recycle PET plastic waste into recycled feedstocks that are interchangeable with those made from traditional sources. The recycled feedstocks can be used to make new PET packaging that may be recycled again and again. The process would also negate the requirement for downcycling. See also Thermo-chemical process tackles hard-to-recycle plastic.

More info in The Innovation Zone.


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

Until next time. Happy innovating.


October 2019

Innovation Zone Snapshot – Label-free beer branding ‘tattooed’ onto bottles

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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.

Special offer – Save £400 – Get your Top Packaging Supplier Guide 2019 for just £299 while stocks last. Order yours and save here.

ThePackHub’s Packaging Innovation Briefing Report for October 2019 is out now. This comprehensive and unique review of the month’s global packaging innovations ensures you are kept up to speed and fully informed of all the latest packaging innovations. This essential review is available as a PDF for just £99 + VAT.

 

You can join nearly 4,000 others and stay up to speed on the latest packaging news from ThePackHub by following us on LinkedIn – www.linkedin.com/company/thepackhub

#1 Label-free beer branding ‘tattooed’ onto bottles

AB InBev owned Beck’s has announced the introduction of an alternative printing method that might reinvent how branding is applied to packs. The system uses only ink and no paper labels for their famous beer brand. The Beck’s brand name is ‘tattooed’ onto the bottles rather than printed onto labels. Ink and varnish are both applied directly to the bottle, which wraps around the entire bottle. An initial run of 200,000 bottles will road test the new technology, which has both environmental and cost benefits to be enjoyed due to the removal of paper use. The initial run is for the UK market but may be expanded further afield.  The bottles are digitally embossed to give them a tactile effect. This is achieved via a colourless ink that is used to mimic glass embossing. There are nine bottle designs in a collaboration with six up-and-coming artists as part of a limited-edition run of Beck’s Artist Series. The direct object printing technology is being developed at AB InBev’s Tattoo Alpha Plant in Leuven, Belgium. See also 360 degree direct-to-glass print capability coming to US beer market.

 

More info in The Innovation Zone.


#2 Patented container and lid combo offer plastic bag free solution

The XBRIK project is a patented container and lid initiative hoping to transform how solid-food food packaging is produced and used. The innovation, which is ready for United States commercialisation, is a container with a plastic opening lid and closure that has some good consumer added functionality. The solution can help contain perishable products such as cereals, nuts, porridge, coffee, biscuits, pasta, sugar, salt and rice.  XBRIK does not carry an inner bag and it is reported that could do away for the need for plastic bags for a range of products.  The fully recyclable and reusable container consists of a laminated container with two micro sheets of PP. It is estimated that the lack of an inner bag can cut cost by around 30% in high volume situations.
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#3 Graphene’s carbon footprint reduction potential for packaging being scoped

Graphene has first isolated back in 2004 and has been successful introduced within industries such as electronics and automotives. The material has a variety of potential applications and may even replace existing technologies. The opportunities within the packaging arena are thus far less understood with a handful of initiatives coming to the attention of the Innovation Zone. However, multinational food packaging supplier Tetra Pak hopes to move things forward significantly with the announcement of a concept project to explore graphene’s potential use for packaging applications. Tetra Pak is representing the packaging industry as part of the European Commission Graphene Flagship project. The project team will test to see how graphene could offer coatings to reduce supply chain carbon footprint.  Graphene is a carbon-based material that is around 200 stronger than steel. It is an excellent conductor of heat, electricity and has a wide range of light absorption abilities. Graphene’s ultra-thin flexible sensors could also used as data carriers for smart and intelligent applications. See also these articles from the Innovation Zone exploring graphene use in packaging innovation.

 

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#4 E-commerce mailer uses paper-based cushioning material for easier recycling

Henkel’s Adhesives Technologies business unit has developed a paper-based mailer that helps improve recyclability in the growing e-commerce channel. The solution includes a proprietary cushioning material that can be easily separated for recycling. The padded mailer replaces the traditional bubble envelope used extensively and has been recently adopted by e-commerce behemoths Amazon. The EPIX mailer has the key functional attributes of a padded mailer, but includes weight reduction improvements as well as better impact resistance. The mailer is easy to separate the fibre from the cushion to facilitate recovery of the latter in the re-pulping process. The technology allows more than 90% of the pulp to be recovered.  ‘Widely recyclable’ accreditation from How2Recycle permits consumers to place the entire mailer into their recycling bin.  The mailer is manufactured in multiple sizes and with different levels of protection to provide a choice of packaging closet in size to the contents, therefore negating the requirement for additional packing materials. See also E-Commerce paper padded mailer is fully recyclable.

More info in The Innovation Zone.


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

Until next time. Happy innovating.


October 2019

Innovation Zone Snapshot – Refill pouches reduce plastic use and can also be recycled through take-back scheme

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

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

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#1 Refill pouches reduce plastic use and can also be recycled through take-back scheme

Healthcare and consumer goods brand owner PZ Cussons has announced the launch of hand wash refills to help reduce plastic use to meet their corporate targets.. The brand owner has an objective to reduce the amount of plastic used in its packaging by 25% by 2025.as well as to ensure that any plastic it does use is 100% recyclable, reusable or compostable. PZ Cussons’ Carex brand,refills consist of a flexible plastic pouch to be used to top up their existing rigid plastic hand wash bottles. The refill pouches use up to 85% less plastic compared to a hand wash bottle complete with a pump. The new hand wash pouches are not currently collected through domestic kerbside recycling collections by most UK local authorities. PZ Cussons have partnered with recycling experts TerraCycle.  The used packaging is sent to TerraCycle, where it will be washed, shredded and melted to form plastic pellets to be made into new products such as garden  furniture and fence posts. See also Online refill pouches include postal recycle scheme.

 

More info in The Innovation Zone.


#2 UK’s first recyclable packaging for wet wipes launched

Wigan based Nice-Pak International reportedly manufacture over 600 million packs of wet wipes every year and offer the product across four categories – baby, cosmetic, household and personal care. The leading wet wipe manufacturer has announced the launch of the UK’s first recyclable packaging for the sector. The innovation comes at a time where the category has been under increasing pressure to improve its environmental impact with accusations of high levels of waste associated with the product’s usage. The business has developed film and resealable labels which can be recycled together as part of carrier bag facilities that are often in situ in larger supermarkets. The mono materials still have the right moisture vapour transmission rate (MVTR) properties to achieve film recyclability without any adverse effect on the product. See also Lightweighting initiative reduces plastic use for baby wipes range.
More info in The Innovation Zone.

#3 #3 Sunscreen pack has two dispensing outputs to reduce waste

Johnson & Johnson’s Sundown brand has been introduced in the Brazil market in a new packaging format that aims to reduce waste as well as making usage more practical for consumers. The new version of the ‘Beach & Pool’ sunscreen line helps consumers in the dispensing of the product with a double doser with two separate outputs. The first dispenses the ideal amount of product for the face and the other a more generous portion for use on the body. The intention is that the right amount of sunscreen will be dispensed to avoid wastage as well as ensuring that enough sunscreen is applied in order to be effective. The pack change also reduces the overall amount of plastic used by around 11%. The new pack also features a grip on the side which allows the user to hold it more firmly. No information on the recyclability of the pack is to hand.

 

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#4 Patented label innovation simulates glass embossing

Blandford, Dorset based Amberley have announced the introduction of a patented new way of creating an ‘embossed glass’ look and feel for bottles. Label Glass is available for both hand and machine application and can be offered in small batch sises. Label Glass simulates glass embossing via a self adhesive label. There is a choice of standard bottle colour options for all the glass colour groups – clear, green, blue or brown. For more exacting requirements, a colour matching service is available. The glass embossing effect can make the bottle look more premium with increased shelf appeal. The label alternative takes the cost and complexity out of bottle embossing. See also Textured, micro-etched patterns add depth to pack labels.

More info in The Innovation Zone.


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

Until next time. Happy innovating.


October 2019

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

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

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

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#1 Edible seaweed-based capsules contain special edition whisky

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

 

More info in The Innovation Zone.


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

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

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#3 Glass beer bottle recycling machines start Brazilian trial

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

 

More info in The Innovation Zone.


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

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

More info in The Innovation Zone.


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

Until next time. Happy innovating.


October 2019

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

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

 

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

#1 Digitally printed cup is made directly from the label

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

 

More info in The Innovation Zone.


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

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

More info in The Innovation Zone.

#3 Online refill pouches include postal recycle scheme

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

 

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#4 Refillable milk scheme proves popular with shoppers

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

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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.


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