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

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#1 Paper-based pack now fortified with high-barrier protection

Stockholm-based FreeForm Packaging’s paper-based alternative to plastic packaging has been in the market for several years. The formable paper solution incorporates a complete inline form-fill-seal system. See Formable paper alternative to plastic packagingThe business has made a significant step forward with the introduction of a pack with high-barrier properties. A thin layer has been incorporated to protect the packaging’s contents against oxygen transition. Up to now, the FreeForm solution has only had available as a non-barrier solution.  The long-awaited change sees the first high barrier FreeFormPack machine ready installation. A thin layer of EVOH gives the packaging extra protection against outside oxygen transition. This also makes it possible to pack products using modified atmosphere.

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#2 Herb and spice pots now made with 30% recycled content

Robinson Packaging is a leading plastic and rigid box packaging design and manufacture business specialising in bespoke packaging for the food, homecare and personal care sectors. The Nottingham-based business has announced the development of new herb and spice packaging made with 30% recycled material. The change is part of a wider industry movement to migrate plastic packaging to include recycled content in preparation of upcoming packaging tax changes. The UK tax is due for implementation in April 2022 and will tax plastic packaging produced in, or imported into the UK that does not contain at least 30% recycled plastic.  Robinson Packaging has produced the new 100ml PET jar made with 30% food-grade rPET. The herbs and spices packaging comes with a range of 100% rPET closures, including a twin flip, aluminium cap and a grinder format that are all recyclable.

#3 Poultry packaging makes 80% plastic reduction move

German producer and supplier of poultry meat, Frisch-Geflügel Claus has announced the introduction of new reduced plastic pack. The Westerstede-based business is the first German poultry supplier to introduce the Halopack inert gas packaging solution via Netherlands-based Schumacher Packaging. The producer and supplier for poultry meat has replaced plastic trays. The hygienic gastight MAP solution helps to extend the shelf life of the fresh meat. The hybrid packaging consists of a cardboard tray that is lined with a thin, gas-tight plastic film. The concept reduces plastic content by around 80%. The backing material is fully recyclable. Consumers can easily remove the film for efficient disposal. The cardboard tray is 100% recyclable and simply goes into the waste paper and the film can also be recycled where available. The microwavable pack is also suitable for freezing. The packaging technology to introduce the new packs does not need to be changed. Schumacher Packaging Group anticipates making up to 30 million trays per year using two machines.


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#4 Cannabis plant waste helps create biodegradable, bio-based packaging polymers

The cannabis industry has grown significantly in those markets where its recreational and/or medical usage is now permitted. The industry is reported to generate large amounts of plant waste as a necessary part of the harvesting process. London, Ontario-based Moharram Ventures has developed a means of putting the waste to good use. Their Truly Green Plastic solution uses cannabis plant waste to create biodegradable, bio-based polymers with various potential applications in packaging and beyond.  Not only will Truly Green Plastic help to mitigate the harmful environmental impact of both plastic waste and cannabis waste. Sarnia, Ontario-based Lambton College will help MVI to progress the initiative by testing the mechanical properties of the polymer derived from cannabis waste material to assess all potential applications. See also Canadian recycling programme accepts cannabis containers from all producers.

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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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