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

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#1 Organic food delivery service switches to returnable, refillable packaging in new scheme

UK Organic food delivery company Abel & Cole is responding to increased customer demand to reduce the amount of single-use packaging in its supply chain with a brand new initiative. The change sees a new opt-in scheme in which grocery deliveries are sent in returnable, refillable packaging. The Club Zero membership service is claimed to be the first of its kind in the UK, which sees a variety of groceries delivered in returnable pots.  Abel & Cole collects the containers and will reuse them for the next delivery. There is a small membership fee to join the scheme to help cover the costs for the changes in operations in order to get the refills ready and dropped to customers’ doorsteps.  Abel & Cole are encouraging their suppliers to send their good to them in the largest bulk packaging possible so it can then be decanted into the reusable pots.  The returnable containers have been penned VIP (‘Very Important Pot’).  Abel & Cole are in the early stages of this new idea.

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#2 Compostable barrier bag aims to meet coffee market needs

Emsur is a division of Grupo Lantero, manufactures of flexible packaging solutions for the food sector. The Alcala de Henares, Spain headquartered business has announced a new compostable barrier bag, designed to meet the needs of the coffee market. The new flexible packaging solution has been created in response to demand from the coffee industry for a two or three-layer barrier bag, which also offers compostable attributes.  The product is applicable both for rotogravure and flexographic printing. The materials used to manufacture the product have an EN 13432 certificate of compostability. The triplex structure uses adhesives and special inks that are also compostable. The versatile bag format can be created transparent or colour-printed, in gloss or matte, with a broad range of visual and sensory effects to ensure effective brand differentiation. Emsur argues that the main advantage of this new packaging is its excellent barrier properties compared to other compostable plastics. The structure can reportedly be applied to other categories such as dry food, snacks and pet food.

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#3 Soft-touch coating prevents bathroom glass bottle slippage

Leaders in glass bottle manufacturing for the perfume and cosmetics industries, Verescence has partnered with French start-up What Matters to launch a range of 100% recyclable bottles with a difference. The changes reflect a move towards more glass bottles that are replacing plastic in the bathroom. However, slippage of glass bottles is an increasing safety problem. Veresence’s new product utilises a soft-touch coating as a ‘second skin’, which gives a non-slip effect on the glass surface. A very thin layer of polymer is applied to the glass surface to allow it to absorb shocks and potentially contain fragments. This characteristic makes the bottle twice as resistant as conventional glass. The bottles remain 100% recyclable. The hydro-based coating reportedly contains neither solvents nor PVC.


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#4 Durian fruit fibres may have packaging and 3D printing applications

The research team from the Selangor based International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM) have developed a biodegradable food pack utilising the skin of the durian fruit. The material also has applications as a filament for 3D printing. Durian is generally found throughout Southeast Asia and has a thick and pulpy exterior. The new material, which helps to support the university’s circular economy aspirations, was created by IIUM researchers through the mixing of durian skin fibres with epoxidized palm oil. The resulting biodegradable polymer can be moulded into packaging containers for food. Following tests where the material was buried in soil for three months, approximately 83% of the packaging had degraded. The Durian skin fibre-based biocomposite could be an alternative material for 3D printing, which is biodegradable and utilizes durian skin waste. Future work will concentrate on ways to reduce the cost of the new polymer.

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