Category: Sustainability

August 2020

Innovation Zone Snapshot – Shower care range start refill trial in German drugstores

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

ThePackHub collates up to 20 new packaging innovations every week for our Innovation Zone database (book a one-to-one online demo here).

We have selected four new initiatives for you today.

Please forward to your friends and colleagues to stay up to date with the latest packaging innovation news.  They can click here to subscribe.

 

Catch up on last week’s Sustainable Packaging Review Webinar

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


Packaging question of the week

As a consumer, are you more concerned about packaging hygiene than before the pandemic?  Vote and comment now. 

Last week. Is greenwashing in packaging on the rise? 75% said yes.


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

 

#1 Shower care range start refill trial in German drugstores

dm is the largest drugstore chain in Germany with nearly 2,000 outlets. The Karlsruhe headquartered retailer is offering its customers the opportunity to refill Nivea Creme Soft and Nivea Creme Sensitive care shower products. The pilot in three retail outlets will be trialled for up to eight months. dm is working with Nivea owner Beiersdorf to share consumer feedback with a longer-term view to save on packaging use to help promote a more circular economy.  Specially developed Nivea care shower refill stations have been created. Shoppers can fill up empty bottles of Nivea care up to three times. After the third use, they will be asked to replace the bottles so that the packaging can be checked for quality and hygiene standards. In return, they receive a new bottle and a free refill free of charge.

 

More info in The Innovation Zone.


#2 Plant-based cling wrap breaks down in home compost

Following hot on the heels of Auckland-based Compostic (see Home compostable cling film is a global first), Great Wrap is an Australian start-up that has introduced a plant-based alternative to cling film. The material can go straight into consumers’ home composting or green-waste bin once used.  They have made marketing claims that the Great Wrap clingfilm is so effective at breaking down that is actually quicker than orange peel, which is approximately six months. The business first launched a compostable and biodegradable industrial pallet wrap earlier this year, for wine industry applications. Both wraps have compostable certification from Germany’s leading certifying body Din Certco. That means they break down within 180 days and leave no toxins behind. Great Wrap is made entirely from plant-based resins and cornstarch acids. Further developments sees a 600-metre commercial roll for use in restaurants to be released later this year.  Manufacture is undertaken in China with plans in place to shift to Australia. Great Wrap costs $8 (£4.40) and is available online.

#3 Smart containers can automatically reorder refills

Vesta Smart Packaging is a new approach to the provision and storage of products. Vesta’s smart containers know when they’re empty and automatically reorder environmentally friendly refills. The solution provides a complete auto-replenishment packaging service that provides efficient ‘just in time’ supply through an automated refill ordering system to provide continuous supply for consumers. Packages are weight-based and connected through Wi-Fi. The platform controls the refill and access to user data. An app provides end-user management. The distribution model helps companies reduce their reliance on long-life packaging.  Vesta packages have an energy-saving activation that has led to estimated battery lifetimes of up to 20 years on a single charge based on a live activation of eight months. A platform called Smart Supply hosts and manages Vesta’s proprietary refill algorithm, which ingests user data and predicts the days remaining until the next outage. The algorithm incorporates machine-learning technology that gets more accurate over time. The app has two primary functions  It enables end-users to register new Vesta packs with a single scan of the QR code imprinted on the base of the pack. It also provides a channel to manage alert notifications and reordering confirmation. Store Room also provides a branded environment through which brands can interact with their end-users.  Vesta is rolling out trials with several manufacturers and expects to start delivering consumer trials. See also Smart olive oil bottle alerts user to re-order.

 

More info in The Innovation Zone.


#4 Personalised pack opportunity extends to computing products

Personalisation in packaging is an established tool offering brands the opportunity to engage with consumers as well as create a distinctive point of difference that can also enjoy a price premium. The market has calmed down of late having seemingly peaked in popularity around a couple of years ago. Most executions tend to be food, beverage and health and beauty examples but this time we see a less conventional sector join the game. Computer brand Compaq has started its ‘My Hero Is High Tech’ promotion. Shoppers can personalize the packaging of Compaq’s CQ-25 notebook to give as a gift for the recent Brazil fathers day celebrations (that’s quite a gift!) The personalisation process is through three simple steps. They purchase the product at the Sincstore retailer, upload a photo and then a message. It is also possible to add a video link that can be accessed via a QR Code also printed on the pack via the recipient’s smartphone.

 

More info in The Innovation Zone.


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

Until next time. Happy innovating.


August 2020

Innovation Zone Snapshot – Clear plastic bottle alternative to aerosols introduced

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

ThePackHub collates up to 20 new packaging innovations every week for our Innovation Zone database (book a one-to-one online demo here).

We have selected four new initiatives for you today.

Please forward to your friends and colleagues to stay up to date with the latest packaging innovation news.  They can click here to subscribe.

 

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Ui2hATKzDk&t=10s

Next Free Webinar from ThePackHub
Thursday 6th August

Thursday 6th August at 10am BST & 1pm EST (6pm BST)

All new innovations.

Join us for our latest free one hour webinar. Catch up on the latest sustainable packaging innovation trends with this whistle-stop tour of the latest initiatives. We will cover many recent in-market and developmental examples to inspire you and keep you up to speed.

We will also be joined by John Williams of Aquapak who will be discussing their biodegradable and marine safe polymer film.

Hosted by Paul Jenkins, Managing Director and Barrington Pamplin, Technical Director of ThePackHub. There will be opportunities for Q&A as well as a poll or two. Feel free to share with your colleagues.

Register for free:
Thursday 6th August
10am BST 
1pm EST (6pm BST)


Packaging question of the week

Sustainable packaging has never been a higher priority but is greenwashing on the rise?  Vote and comment now. 

Last week. 28% will be attending the rearranged Packaging Innovations show in London on 8th & 9th December.


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

 

#1 Clear plastic bottle alternative to aerosols introduced

A new PET packaging initiative for aerosols has been introduced as an alternative to aluminium or tinplate cans and is suitable for a variety of applications. The new transparent plastic bottle from Austrian international plastics manufacturer Alpla is extremely light and shock-resistant and boasts functional benefits for consumers as well as some environmental advantages. The solution has an array of practical market uses for cosmetic products, deodorants, sunscreens and room fragrances. The lighter weight results in less material being used and lower consequent distribution costs that positively reduces carbon footprint impact. The distinctive transparent appearance makes for a good point of difference on the retail shelf. The bottle consists completely of PET making it recyclable. An internal coating used for aluminium and tin cans is not necessary. Various shapes, sizes and surfaces can be made.

 

More info in The Innovation Zone.


#2 E-commerce boxes with built-in play factor can be recycled into cat condos, forts and more

When it comes to present-giving, it is perhaps a frequent frustration for parents whose children play with the box more than the toy.  E-commerce giants Amazon hopes that it might help reinforce this behaviour as well as take a step in the right direction from an environmental perspective. The retailer is introducing boxes that can be recycled into a variety of post-use formats such as cat condos, forts, rockets, robot costumes and other creations. The boxes with built-in play factor have a ‘call to action’ to recycle the boxes with a QR code. This directs consumers to a special landing page to make the cardboard concepts. Amazon has been making progress on reducing packaging waste as part of its “Less Packaging, More Smiles” programme. It is claimed that is has reduced the weight of its packaging by 33% and eliminated more than 880,000 tons of packaging material in recent years. See also Secondary packaging for television range encourages reuse.

#3 Solvent ink development improves colour-change packs

New solvent ink technology is being introduced that makes colour-changing inks more cost-effective and easier to implement. The changes allow for a full series of hot, cool and sunlight-activated pack surface options for food and beverage brands. The specialty inks popular for creating special effects on packaging for beer and carbonated soft drinks are now feasible for water and coffee cups. The development helps to speed up manufacturing operations. Previously, printers have used water-based inks that have a slower manufacturing process. The new range of colour-change technologies using solvent inks from Chromatic Technologies Inc.(CTI)  The range from the Colorado Springs-based business includes temperature-activated thermochromic, sunlight-activated photochromic, glow-in-the-dark, and reveal technology inks where a message or communication is exposed once the product has been consumed.  The new solvent-specialty inks eliminate the operational hurdles of water-based inks.  CTI offers an in-house design service to help develop concepts that can be quickly tested with consumers.

 

More info in The Innovation Zone.


#4 New technology that fully biodegrades common forms of plastic leaves no microplastics

UK start-up Polymateria is developing a new technology that would see plastics automatically biodegrade to leave no trace. Polymateria is working with Imperial College University in London and technology is called Biotransformation. the process fully biodegrades common forms of plastic to leave behind no microplastics and therefore no lasting environmental impact. The development of some biodegradable solutions in the past have struggled due to the creation of microplastics. There can also be issues with biodegradable packaging’s compatibility with recycling operations. The development of the Cycle+ plastic sees a solution that will biodegrade after about three years. The plastic is still recyclable during its usable lifetime. This opens up the exciting possibility of creating packaging that is both recyclable and biodegradable. Polymateria’s other development DegrAid is a material designed for single-use plastics where recycling is unfortunately not an option due to littering. This material begins breaking down within six months. The solutions have good potential to scale up quickly without significant costs. Polymateria has received additional funding to accelerate its development.

 

More info in The Innovation Zone.


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

Until next time. Happy innovating.


July 2020

Innovation Zone Snapshot – Oral care tube portfolio to switch to fully recyclable format

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Innovation Zone ThePackHub - thepackhub.com

 

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

ThePackHub collates up to 20 new packaging innovations every week for our Innovation Zone database (book a one-to-one online demo here).

We have selected four new initiatives for you today.

Please forward to your friends and colleagues to stay up to date with the latest packaging innovation news.  They can click here to subscribe.

You can now watch ThePackHub’s last sustainable packaging webinar in full

 

 

Next Free Webinar from ThePackHub
Thursday 6th August

Thursday 6th August at 10am BST & 1pm EST (6pm BST)

All new innovations.

Join us for our latest free one hour webinar. Catch up on the latest sustainable packaging innovation trends with this whistle-stop tour of the latest initiatives. We will cover many recent in-market and developmental examples to inspire you and keep you up to speed.

We will also be joined by John Williams of Aquapak who will be discussing their biodegradable and marine safe polymer film.

Hosted by Paul Jenkins, Managing Director and Barrington Pamplin, Technical Director of ThePackHub. There will be opportunities for Q&A as well as a poll or two. Feel free to share with your colleagues.

Register for free:
Thursday 6th August
10am BST 
1pm EST (6pm BST)


Packaging question of the week

Who will be attending the rearranged Packaging Innovations show in London on 8th & 9th December?  Vote and comment now. 

Last week. Would you participate in the Loop reusable packaging scheme if it was available in your area? 78% said ‘Yes’.


You can join 6,100 others and stay up to speed on the latest packaging news from ThePackHub by following us on LinkedIn – www.linkedin.com/company/thepackhub

 

#1 Oral care tube portfolio to switch to fully recyclable format

Toothpaste tubes are sold in their millions every day but the vast majority cannot be recycled. Their multi-layer construction makes them impossible to recycle in municipal facilities. A lot of work is being undertaken behind the scenes. More work has been announced by German consumer goods leader Henkel. Their complete Oral Care tube portfolio will be fully recyclable by early next year and will contribute to the brand owner’s goal to achieve 100% recyclable packaging by 2025. The transition will be incorporated by Spanish toothpaste brand Licor del Polo and will incorporate proprietary Greenleaf tube technology from the supplier of the world’s largest range of beauty and personal care packaging Albéa. The solution enables the packaging to be fully recyclable wherever collection schemes are active. The tubes are technically recyclable within the existing HDPE bottles recycling streams. The unique tube-making technology uses a single-blown film to reduce the product’s CO2 footprint.  The Greenleaf technology will convert more than 700 tons of packaging material per year into a category, that can be utilized and recovered by existing waste recycling streams. The world’s first full HDPE tube in 2021, which will then also include the cap. See also First-ever recyclable toothpaste tube starts market rollout.

 

More info in The Innovation Zone.


#2 QR codes applied to inside of closures ensures engagement is from end user

Leading system and solutions provider for aseptic packaging and regulars to the Innovation Zone SIG Comblibloc is improving consumer engagement with the extension of their PAC.ENGAGE QR code solutions for their closures. The launch of the ‘One Cap, One Code’ initiative opens up one-to-one marketing dialogue for brand owners. SIG’s digital closure solution has been launched initially for their combiGo closure and enables food and beverage brands to apply QR codes to the inside of closures, which will only be visible to the end consumer. QR codes are easily and quickly scanned by smartphones to keep consumers entertained and informed. Hiding QR codes in the closures inside the pack offers a more personal touch and one that guaranteed dialogue with the actual end user rather than anyone else that might decide to scan the pack before consumption. One of the largest dairy producers in China, Inner Mongolia Yili Industrial Group Co is an early adopter and will launch ‘Perfect Love’ fruit yoghurt with a QR code in the closure.

#3 Air chamber design prevents packaging from sinking into ocean

The global challenge of mounting ocean plastic waste is not going away. It is estimated that the equivalent of a truck’s worth of plastic enters our seas every single minute. A new packaging format has been designed that hopes to help make the recovery of the materials easier. Gravity System is a Spanish design that prevents packaging from sinking into oceans and rivers. A small air chamber in the container’s base prevents it from sinking. This allows it to remain afloat on the water’s surface and therefore more visible for collection and potential recycling. The high visibility may also reduce the ‘out of sight, out of mind’ mantra that may reduce efforts to collect materials. The solution has been created in collaboration with innovation business La Fábrica de Inventos. Any size container can be adapted and is does not matter what type of plastic is used. The redesign can be created without harming the internal content and without damaging its ergonomic and functional exterior shape. The piece snaps into the bottom of the container. The system could be further improved if the piece itself was given a reflective finish that would increase its visibility.

 

More info in The Innovation Zone.


#4 Introduction of 100% recyclable own-label crisp tube is a UK retailer first

Retailer Asda is pushing forward with their commitment to reduce their own-brand plastic in their packaging by another 15% by next year. The Walmart owned UK supermarket has announced that it has become the first retailer in the UK to introduce a 100% recyclable own-label crisp tube. The change will cut 98.2 tonnes of non-recyclable packaging from Asda’s supply chain, the equivalent of 2.34 million tubes of crisps each year.  Asda is switching the whole of its own-brand Snax range into cardboard-only packaging. Crisp tubes are conventionally made from a combination of foil, metal and cardboard materials making them non-recyclable. Asda have now introduced a solution for their crisp tubes that’s easy and simple for consumers to recycle. It is assumed that the change will lead to some compromise to overall shelf-life. The Snax products come in two varieties, Original and Sour Cream and Onion and shoppers can purchase the new packs in-store and online.

 

More info in The Innovation Zone.


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

Until next time. Happy innovating.


July 2020

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

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Innovation Zone ThePackHub - thepackhub.com

 

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

ThePackHub collates up to 20 new packaging innovations every week for our Innovation Zone database (book a one-to-one online demo here).

We have selected four new initiatives for you today.


Please forward to your friends and colleagues to stay up to date with the latest packaging innovation news.  They can click here to subscribe.

Very Special Offer

ThePackHub is offering PDF-only copies of our Sustainable Packaging Compendium. Get your hands on 500+ innovations across two volumes for just £299 / $362 / €335*

Order now and receive straight away.

* currency rate may vary.


Next Free Webinar from ThePackHub
Thursday 6th August

Thursday 6th August at 10am BST & 1pm EST (6pm BST)

All new innovations.

Join us for our latest free one hour webinar. Catch up on the latest sustainable packaging innovation trends with this whistle-stop tour of the latest initiatives. We will cover many recent in-market and developmental examples to inspire you and keep you up to speed.

We will also be joined by John Williams of Aquapak who will be discussing their biodegradable and marine safe polymer film.

Hosted by Paul Jenkins, Managing Director and Barrington Pamplin, Technical Director of ThePackHub. There will be opportunities for Q&A as well as a poll or two. Feel free to share with your colleagues.

Register for free:
Thursday 6th August
10am BST 
1pm EST (6pm BST)


Packaging question of the week

Would you participate in the Loop reusable packaging scheme if it was available in your area?  Vote and comment now. 

Last week, Following the recent high profile new launches from Frugalpac and Diageo, are paper bottles the future of beverage packaging? 26% said Yes. Voting and commenting still open.


You can now watch ThePackHub’s last sustainable packaging webinar in full

 

You can join over 6,000 others and stay up to speed on the latest packaging news from ThePackHub by following us on LinkedIn – www.linkedin.com/company/thepackhub

 

#1 Sustainably sourced pulp bottle shakes up spirits market

Following the news of Frugalpac’s introduction of a 94% recycled paper-based wine bottle, see Paper-based wine pack is five times lighter than the average glass bottle,  Diageo has also joined the party as part of the Pulpex Consortium.  The multinational drinks company has announced the introduction of a potentially groundbreaking Johnny Walker sustainably sourced pulp bottle that complies with international food and drink safety standards. The contents are reported protected by a resin rather than a plastic one. The resin delivers the necessary barrier to hold the liquid and it is claimed it will disintegrate post-use. The bottle is fully recyclable and made from sustainably sourced pulp. It is declared to be the world’s first paper-based and plastic-free spirits bottle. The cap will be made of aluminium, which is recyclable. See also Carlsberg’s World’s first paper beer bottle a step closer to reality.

More info in The Innovation Zone.


#2 Innovative closure system reduces coffee spillages

Reusable cups have become an essential item for many on-the-go beverage drinkers. There has been a multitude of new examples come to our attention In the Innovation Zone. The solutions often offer a distinctive point of differentiation to help make them stand out in the market as well as enjoy a potential valued-added price premium. Coffee aficionados claim that the aroma of the drink is as important as the taste. Reusable coffee cups with lids (and therefore a small opening) can compromise this sensorial experience. The potential for hot coffee to spurt through the small hole is also an everyday reality with cup lids. The IRISgo initiative from Switzerland hopes to solve these challenges. The solution uses a clever innovative closure system to ensure that the aroma of the coffee flows freely with every gulp.  The IRISgo coffee cup secures its contents using a spiralling silicone membrane across the top of the cup.  The impactful lid alternative is opened by twisting the base to create effectively a lid-free drinking experience. It is completely leakproof when closed making it great for on-the-go transportation. The cup is made from a combination of stainless steel and food-safe PP. The cup is offered in 200 ml (7 oz) or 350 ml (12 oz) sizes.

#3 Home compostable cling film is a global first

Each year, it is estimated that New Zealand uses 119,000 kilometres of clingfilm. Multiply that by 200+ other markets and you have significant usage of a single-use plastic material. Cling wrap is traditionally made of a variety of plastics and is therefore not recyclable. Auckland-based Compostic (the name is a clue) has created a world-first cling wrap that can be composted at home.  It has launched its home compostable cling film in their native market and around 130 New Zealand retailers stock the wrap so far.  The company wanted to solve the problem for people who were not willing to try clingfilm alternatives such as those made from beeswax. See Recyclable and reusable food-grade film alternative keeps bread, cheese and fruit freshThe company’s compostable wrap and resealable bags were made of a blend of three biopolymers. The clingfilm is TUV Austria certified and will break down within 12 weeks in industrial composting and 24 weeks in home compost conditions. The Covid-19 pandemic has delayed Compostic’s rollout to the Australia and US markets, which will now take place by the end of the year. See also Compostable cling film designed for fresh produce usage.

 

More info in The Innovation Zone.


#4 Active packaging system launch created to maintain seafood freshness

The seafood industry is continually looking to develop solutions to improve the freshness and shelf life of their shipped products. See for example: Perforations optimise self-absorbing tray performanceAptar Food + Beverage, part of AptarGroup, has joined the development with the announcement of the launch of a new active packaging system designed for the seafood industry. Their proprietary SeaWell active packaging solution is reported to be a first-of-its-kind and is being utilized for a variety of seafood products at a leading US retailer with a roll out in more than 3,800 outlets. SeaWell incorporates technology that absorbs excess liquids that collect around the seafood that would subsequently negatively impact shelf life. The SeaWell system utilizes direct food-contact-safe absorbent materials that trap excess fluids inside integrated and hidden pockets to reduce the rate of microbial growth and chemical degradation. The system also enhances visual appeal and absorbs product odours. The SeaWell active packaging system provided a 99.9% reduction in aerobic bacteria for scallops. The technology also enables seafood processors to pack frozen for distribution and subsequently thaw for fresh sale.

 

More info in The Innovation Zone.


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

Until next time. Happy innovating.


July 2020

Innovation Zone Snapshot – Label-free water bottle reduces usage of unrecyclable packaging

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Innovation Zone ThePackHub - thepackhub.com

 

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

ThePackHub collates up to 20 new packaging innovations every week for our Innovation Zone database (book a one-to-one online demo here).

We have selected four new initiatives for you today.

Watch a five-minute video summary of today’s Snapshot update

 

Very Special Offer

For the first time, we are offering PDF-only copies of our Sustainable Packaging Compendium. Get your hands on 500+ innovations across two volumes for just £299 / $362 / €335*

Order now and receive straight away.

* currency rate may vary.

Next Free Webinar from ThePackHub


Thursday 6th August at 10am BST & 1pm EST (6pm BST)

All new innovations.

Join us for our latest free one hour webinar. Catch up on the latest sustainable packaging innovation trends with this whistle-stop tour of the latest initiatives. We will cover many recent in-market and developmental examples to inspire you and keep you up to speed.

Hosted by Paul Jenkins, Managing Director and Barrington Pamplin, Technical Director of ThePackHub. Feel free to share with your colleagues.

Register for free:


Thursday 6th August
10am BST 
1pm EST (6pm BST)


Question of the week

Packaging question of the week

Following recent high profile new launches from Frugalpac and Diageo, are paper bottles the future of beverage packaging?   Vote now. 


You can join more than 6,000 others and stay up to speed on the latest packaging news from ThePackHub by following us on LinkedIn – www.linkedin.com/company/thepackhub

 

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

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

More info in The Innovation Zone.


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

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

#3 Packaging made from farm waste biomass wraps natural soap

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

 

More info in The Innovation Zone.


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

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

More info in The Innovation Zone.


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

Until next time. Happy innovating.


July 2020

Innovation Zone Snapshot – Paper-based wine pack is five times lighter than the average glass bottle

Read more ›

Innovation Zone ThePackHub - thepackhub.com

 

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

ThePackHub collates up to 20 new packaging innovations every week for our Innovation Zone database (book a one-to-one online demo here).

We have selected four new initiatives for you today.

Very Special Offer

For the first time, we are offering PDF-only copies of our Sustainable Packaging Compendium. Get your hands on 500+ innovations across two volumes for just £299 / $362 / €335*

Order now and receive straight away.

* currency rate may vary.

Next Free Webinar from ThePackHub


This Friday 10th July at 10am BST & 1pm ET (6pm BST)

All new innovations.

Join us for our latest free one hour webinar. Catch up on the latest sustainable packaging innovation trends with this whistle-stop tour of the latest initiatives. We will cover many recent in-market and developmental examples to inspire you and keep you up to speed.

Hosted by Paul Jenkins, Managing Director and Barrington Pamplin, Technical Director of ThePackHub. Feel free to share with your colleagues.

Register for free:

Friday 10th July
10am BST 
1pm EST (6pm BST)


Question of the week

Packaging question of the week

How has your packaging recycling changed during the Covid-19 pandemic?   Vote now. 

Last week, 38% stated that they have ever bought or received a personalised pack (i.e. with their name on). See results & comments.


You can join nearly 6,000 others and stay up to speed on the latest packaging news from ThePackHub by following us on LinkedIn – www.linkedin.com/company/thepackhub

 

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#1 Paper-based wine pack is five times lighter than the average glass bottle

A paper wine bottle launch aims to shake up the wine market as a sustainable alternative to glass and plastic. Frugalpac’s Frugal Bottle is made from 94% recycled paperboard and is being touted as the biggest innovation for wine and spirits since the launch of the glass bottle. The bottle weighs just 83g, which is reported to be five times lighter than the average glass wine bottle.  It has a food-grade plastic liner to hold the wine. The bottle’s carbon footprint is six times lower than the glass version and is also a third less than a bottle made from recycled plastic. The Cantina Goccia Italian red wine brand is testing the new bottle available online as well as in selected stores in Scotland.  Fruglpac is also behind the world’s first takeaway coffee cup made from recycled paper. See: How do you solve the recycling problem with paper cups? Maybe like this.  The business has had excellent feedback from consumers who have already trialled the new bottle format. The Frugal Bottle offers a major point of difference for the global wine and spirits sector. Frugalpac plans to supply machines to manufacture the bottles at wine producers and packaging companies on-site, effectively cutting carbon emissions even further. The bottle is straight forward to recycle. Consumers need to separate the plastic food-grade liner from the bottle and put them both in their respective recycling bins/ The Frugal Bottle is comparable in cost to a labelled glass bottle and can also be used to contain spirits as well as wine. See also Antibacterial hand soap launched in biodegradable paper bottles.

More info in The Innovation Zone.


#2 Radical new pack format shakes up deodorant market

The deodorant market is one of the most active when it comes to exciting new formats that aim to reduce the packaging’s environmental impact. Take a took at some examples here.  All Solid State is a new Australian-made grooming product range that is very much part of this movement of change. Their wax-based, highly concentrated product range is a departure from conventional pack formats in this sector. The distinctive pack is reported to be 80% smaller than conventional deodorant products reducing its environmental impact as well as making it easy to carry on-the-go. As well as deodorant, the grooming range also includes shampoo, conditioner, moisturiser, cleanser and cologne all delivering a very different user experience from convention. The products are applied by hand and don’t rely on water as fillers, which as well as the obvious environmental benefits also result in the product reportedly being longer-lasting than traditional grooming products.

#3 Packaging material stores CO₂ to reduce greenhouse gases

Baden-Württemberg, Germany based start-up Carbonauten has developed a patent-pending material that has a positive effect on reducing carbon footprint. The production of packaging creates CO₂ of course. The Carbonauten OCM (Organic Carbon Material) plans to defy with a plastic that removes carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. The new material consists of CO₂-reducing biocarbons and binders and reportedly stores the equivalent of up to 3.6 t CO₂ per ton. The biocarbons come from wood and vegetable biomass residues that would otherwise rot away and produce their own greenhouse gases. The more material that is produced, the more the climate benefits. The material can be used to create biodegradable products such as disposable tableware, coffee cups and straws. Scientists from Aalen University is co-developing the plastics. The plan is to start industrial production in mid-2021.

 

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#4 Resealable snack pack offers on-the-go convenience

A new pack format has been introduced to make snacking on-the-go easier. The convenient new pack arrangement from Kraft Heinz’s Planters nuts brand is now available in a plastic tube with a resealable lid for the US market. It is a pack designed for multitasking consumers to fit their busy on-the-go lifestyles. The Planters Pop & Pour containers include a resealable snap-top lid that helps to lock in freshness and provide one-handed access. The plastic bottles have been designed to fit in backpacks and cars’ cup holders. The Pop & Pour nuts will be available in recyclable single pop jars and multipacks across the US in-store and online. The Pop & Pour format allows snack-eaters to ‘pop open, pour, eat and repeat’ all with one hand. The convenience of eating on-the-go helps to increase product usage occasions. The new Planters pack is available in five variants: Dry Roasted Peanuts, Honey Roasted Peanuts, Dry Roasted Sunflower Seed Kernels, Whole Cashews and Dry Roasted Almonds.

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June 2020

Innovation Zone Snapshot – 100% recycled PET bottled water made with certified ocean-bound plastic

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#1 100% recycled PET bottled water made with certified ocean-bound plastic

The recycling of plastic packaging is evolving. Brands are finding new ways to stand out in the market as well as bringing recycled packaging to market. The world’s first premium 100% recycled PET bottled water made with ‘certified ocean-bound’ plastic has been launched. The new recycled bottle will be launched at Whole Foods Market stores across the US and is available in three sizes. Up to five ocean-rescued plastic bottles are used to produce every one-litre bottle of ZenWTR. It is estimated that up to 70 million plastic water bottles will be saved from entering the ocean in 2020.  ZenWTR are also committing 1% of sales revenues to charities and organizations working to clean up oceans.  The entire package including shrink sleeve label and HDPE closure can easily be recycled as a complete unit by placing in recycling bins. The motivation to source plastic bottles for recycling that are ‘Ocean-Bound’ from coastlines and major waterways prevents them from making it to the ocean where the likelihood of recovering is then very slim. See also: Fish packaging uses recycled plastic would have ended up in ocean.

More info in The Innovation Zone.


#2 Micro colour-codes offer counterfeit and manipulation protection for primary and secondary packaging

Leeds based CyanX have introduced a counterfeit protection process for packaging. Their Secutag initiative allows for easy integration into the production process and can be applied to all kinds of primary and secondary packaging materials. Secupack enables legally binding and on the spot identification of secured packages as originals. It has applications for the food and pharmaceutical sectors for folded boxes, tubes, tins and blister packaging. The marking is possible at producers or during the packaging process. The application can be done fully automatically and is integrated into the existing manufacturing processes. The micro colour-codes are microscopically small particles in which between four to eleven colour coatings are combined to create a unique code. It is estimated that there are over 4.35 billion different encoding combinations possible. Additionally, particles that possess magnetic characteristics or react to ultraviolet or infrared light can also be manufactured. Secutag is heat resistant as well as resistant to solvents, chemicals and most acids. See also: Carbon-based markers mixed into packaging create product-specific codes.

#3 E-commerce cocktail packs meet growing drink-at-home trend

A new packaging format is capitalizing on the growth of drinking at home as the world battles through an extended Covid-19 lockdown. A range of easy to prepare premade cocktails is experiencing high demand of late. The NIO Cocktails are available to serve 3, 6 or 9 cocktail variants. NIO is short for ‘Need Ice Only’ which helps to bring to life the simplicity of the brand’s offering. Drinkers can choose from a menu of 15 different drinks, featuring cocktail classics as well as signature house variants. The packs have been specially designed to easily fit through letterboxes for efficient distribution. All consumers need to do is shake the packs, pinch-and-tear the corner and pour over ice. The brand reports that it has a no-glass packaging policy stating that the material is energy-intensive to manufacture as well as recycle. It is also much heavier than cardboard leading to increased transport costs as well as carbon emissions. NIO Cocktail’s immediate goal is to remove all petroleum-based products in their packaging. They only use FSC certified paper that’s is 100% recyclable. The inner liquid pouch is currently 45% bio-based with an ambitious goal to be 100% compostable.

 

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#4 New tomato packaging meets consumers’ sustainability requirements

Germany-based discount supermarket chain Penny operates 3,550 stores globally. The retailer is persevering with a long-term sustainability strategy with packaging playing a pivotal role. The business is working with German fresh vegetable supplier BIOhof Kirchweidach on the launch of a new packaging solution for tomatoes. This is in response to increasing demand from customers for packaging-reduced products. It is not always practical or possible to completely dispense with packaging hence the new packaging solution for Naturgut Bio Rispentomaten that offers several advantages in terms of functionality. The robust new pack offers an excellent view of the product inside, which continues to be important for shoppers when selecting produce. Transportation volumes are reduced due to the pack’s stackability. Made from 100% recyclable cardboard, the produce has a longer shelf life through the pack’s breathability and a reduction in condensation. The new packaging is now available in all 352 Penny stores in Bavaria and the surrounding area.

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June 2020

Innovation Zone Snapshot – Recyclable cardboard box stores home delivery dinner kits

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#1 Recyclable cardboard box stores home delivery dinner kits

New brand proposition Nevera Llena has had a recent growth spurt during the Covid 19 pandemic as consumers’ shopping behaviour inevitably changes. Nevera Llena is Spanish for ‘Full Fridge’ and the business is meeting the needs of busy consumers with home delivery dinner kits that help to save time on weekly food purchases and preparation.  The kit comprises 14 (lunch and dinner for a full week) pre-cooked meals that are delivered to consumers’ homes. The kits are encompassed in a recyclable cardboard box that stores each meal in compact cubbyholes to prevent them from sliding within the pack. Each meal tray is colour-coded. The central cubbyhole has a drawer that opens up to reveal a brochure containing nutritional and product information. All materials are recyclable. Cardboard was chosen to help prevent wetness during transportation in refrigerated trucks. Never Llena is available in the Spanish market and sold online.

More info in The Innovation Zone.


#2 Two different types of cheese packed in a convenient, easy to separate format

The Innovation Zone has tracked several pack formats that incorporate two products in one in recent times. This type of dual pack format keeps contrasting flavours separated as well as helping to give consumers an extended choice in one convenient pack. The Dairy Cooperative Mlekpol is one of the largest producers of milk and dairy products in Poland and has introduced two of the country’s most popular types of cheese sliced ​​in a new form of two-pack. Shoppers will find Gouda and Edam cheese variants, each in a separately packed 250g portion. The two different types of cheese are packed in a convenient format that is easy to separate. The design gives shoppers an opportunity to try new flavours with their single pack purchase. A resealable open-close system also ensures that the product stays fresh and keeps the product’s aromas for longer.

#3 Reusable origami bottle reduces empty volume by 90%

The reusable packaging industry has grown significantly over the last two years or so with many new beverage bottle formats coming to market. A reusable beverage bottle has been designed to make handling easier as well as positively impact on the environment. DiFOLD is a new foldable, reusable and recyclable ‘origami’ bottle. It incorporates a collapsible design that is compact when folded and stable and rigid when in use. The technology is claimed to reduce the volume of empty containers by up to 90%. The packs are distributed in their truncated form leading to improved optimization of logistics and consequent savings in fuel and CO2 emissions.  DiFOLD’s patent-pending folding technology ensure that the bottle when folded can fit easily in a pocket or bag. The triangular pattern allows folding in just three steps. It can be recycled multiple times without significant loss of quality. The food-safe and BPA-free bottle has a temperature range from -30°c to +100°c. The bottle has been designed to sustain at least five years of intensive usage. It has been estimated that 30,000 regularly used reusable bottles can save the equivalent use of 82 million PET bottles in five years as well as 1,200 tonnes of plastic. DiFOLD has launched a Kickstarter campaign.  See also Cup expands from flat in two easy steps.

 

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#4 Salad range switches to recyclable paper bags

The salad market relies heavily on the practicality and usefulness of plastic. The convenient and cheap format helps ensures that the product stays in an optimum condition ready for purchase. However, retailers are working hard to reduce or remove the amount of plastic packaging and this is starting to have an impact in this sector. Crudettes is an LSDH (Laiterie de Saint-Denis-del’Hôtel) brand. The LSDH group produces more than 100 million packets of vacuum-packed vegetables each year. Their ready-to-eat salad Crudettes brand is taking on a different look in Carrefour stores and will soon be available in paper rather than plastic bags.  The 100% recyclable paper bags are being developed by Telford UK packaging manufacturer Sirane to deliver new packs that promise the same conservation properties as plastic. The bag is made of cellulose and a natural coating. The collaboration is part of the (Re)Set Packaging programme.

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June 2020

Innovation Zone Snapshot – Strawberry punnet undertakes functional overhaul

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#1 Strawberry punnet undertakes functional overhaul

A collaboration between Dutch fruit grower Gijs van Herk and packaging business Fonkels has seen a switch out of plastic containers conventionally used for cherries and strawberries packaging. The Innovation Zone has tracked a lot of initiatives in this area but this solution offers some additional functional advantages as well as sustainable ones. The patented strawberry punnet has been developed and made entirely from 100% recyclable cardboard. The containers represent a saving of 14g of plastic per pack. The 250g and 500g punnets have specially rounded top edges to prevent strawberry damage during harvesting. The containers also have rounded corners to make them quicker to pack into crates during picking, which also adds to the punnet’s sturdiness. and utilizing material usage. A specially designed flexi-base protects the fruit through a special technique that transforms the cardboard into an absorbent base. This prevents the fruit from damage and the juices from being absorbed. After use, the punnets can be recycled as paper.

More info in The Innovation Zone.


#2Spine Pouch delivers cost effective alternative to rigid containers

Brampton, Ontario based Peel Plastics has announced the introduction of a new pouch format that promises an economical and viable alternative to rigid containers.  The Spine Pouch initiative is suitable for liquid and powdered products and offers an option without reducing consumer convenience or product integrity. The Spine Pouch solution also reduces the number of packaging materials used.  It delivers cost advantages through transportation reductions of both empty and filled pouches compared to the use of rigid containers. This also translates into a reduction in warehouse space costs required to store any empty packs. The Spine Pouch also avoids tooling costs associated with producing moulds for plastics or glass containers. There are several spout options available that allow the matching of the product with the desired dispensing rate.

#3 Plastic-free pack format takes inspiration from the past

AgriFarm was founded in 2014 and was created as a sustainable model for local agricultural Greek production. The business involves farmers working together to grow crops in small Greek villages.  Everything is cultivated by farmers in the areas of Central Greece, Thessaly and Western Macedonia. The initiative has seen the development of a distinctive new pack that introduces an alternative, more environmental solution that very much draws inspiration from the past. The packaging is similar and look and feel to the ones traditionally used in the Greek market to store pasta and legumes. AgriFarm’s packaging consists of a 100% cotton bag material that is free of plastic. The traditional looking packaging is a departure from a sector that has grown to have a predominance of plastic. The products are available in outlets in the UK, France, the USA and Canada as well as selected supermarket chains and delicatessens in Greece.

 

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#4 Plastic-free waterproof vegetable and fruit trays introduced

Nature’s Pride supplies 230 types of fruit and vegetables from 59 countries across Europe. The supplier has worked with Wormer, Netherlands-based Remmert Dekker Packaging to deliver a plastic-free cardboard strawberry punnet. Moisture resistance that is conventionally achieved via plastic lamination has been delivered via a water-based lacquer. The waterproof paper-based vegetable and fruit trays are seen as a positive step in the move towards more sustainable packaging. Nature’s Pride is the first to use it for the Netherlands market. Previously, two-sided printed cardboard with a plastic laminate was used to achieve a functional moisture barrier and this composite packaging material had to be separated for recycling. The new water-repellent lacquer solution sees an easy to recycle way through conventional kerbside collection. The lacquer has been extensively tested and meets food safety requirements. The new lacquer is suitable for strawberries as well as other soft fruits and vegetables that require moisture-resistant packaging.

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June 2020

Innovation Zone Snapshot – Advanced technology delivers recycled cream cheese packs

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#1 Advanced technology delivers recycled cream cheese packs

Mondelēz International has announced the introduction of a recycling innovation for their iconic cream cheese brand Philadelphia sold across Europe. The brand will utilize recycled plastic containers using recycled material from a new advanced recycling technology that sees plastic material recovered following a Berry Global partnership with Saudi multinational chemical manufacturing company SABIC. The change is seen as a significant step in Mondelēz’s goal to use 5% recycled content across all its plastic packaging. Recovering and diverting waste that would have otherwise been sent to landfill or incineration moving towards a circular economy model. This chemical recycling process is able to recycle mixed plastic waste that would have otherwise been destined for landfill or incineration. Unlike mechanical recycling, the process removes all contaminants, including inks and colourants to return the plastic to a quality imperceptible from virgin material that is suitable for direct food contact.

More info in The Innovation Zone.


#2 Recyclable paper packaging roll out for confectionery continues

Nestlé sells more than 2,000 brands across 191 countries. The world’s largest food and beverage company is committed to making 100% of our packaging recyclable or reusable by 2025 and has declared that its Smarties brand sharing block is being rolled out in a paper wrapper. This is a significant move for the brand owner as it shifts towards reducing its impact on the environment through switching to paper packaging where possible and appropriate. The new coated paper is widely recyclable. This technology has been reported in the Innovation Zone for Nestlé’s YES! bars – Paper snack bar packaging set to shake up confectionery sectorThe paper substrate is capable of use on the same widescale, high-speed production lines previously designated for Nestle’s plastic or laminate packaging. The Smarties paper-wrapped block is available in the UK initially at Asda supermarkets as well as independent stores.

#3 Wood-based PE label film set for launch

Global supplier of label materials UPM Raflatac is one of the signatories of the Ellen MacArthur New Plastic Economy initiative and is a regular to the pages of the Innovation Zone. The leader in the development of sustainable biofuels has co-operated with chemical heavyweights Dow to launch a new bioplastic label film for the packaging and labelling industries. The launch of Forest Film PE is understood to be the first wood-based PE label film of the market. The 100% wood residue-based raw material UPM BioVerno naphtha is used, which is processed by Dow into bio-based plastic granules for label film extrusion. The new bio-based PE film label material helps to reduce the reliance on fossil fuels and delivers the same performance as fossil-derived ones.

 

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#4 Direct-to-shape digital decoration service delivers photorealistic graphics

Global provider of metal and plastic packaging across a broad array of industry sectors, Hoffmann Neopac has announced the introduction of new digital decoration service for tubes. The direct-to-shape DigitAll360 solution has been designed to meet brand owners’ needs for high-quality variable printing in flexible batch sizes. DigitAll360 prints photorealistic graphics and text on the entire surface of cylindrical packs. Full 360° decoration is created without slit or any overlap and delivers on-cap, seam and shoulder printing to complete the full coverage. The new digital decoration service can use up to 10 simultaneous colours and lacquers at a 600 DPI resolution and is available for a wide variety of substrates. The digital print process facilities variable image  printing as well as being ideal for promotions and prototyping.

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