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ThePackHub Innovation Zone Snapshot

Welcome to this week’s Innovation Zone snapshot from ThePackHub.
ThePackHub collates 20 new packaging innovations every week for our Innovation Zone database. We now have 5,301 searchable initiatives listed. We have selected four new initiatives for you today.

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#1 Perforated membrane for pouches improves powder dosing

A trio of German machinery manufacturers have joined forces to present themselves as ‘The Packaging Group’. Fawema, HDG and Wolf announced that they were joining forces at FachPack 2021 in Nuremburg. They announced the launch of a new product, the ‘Push & Dose’ membrane. The innovation is designed for particulate products such as herbs and spices that would traditionally be in glass or plastic jars with shaker-style tops.  Other possible uses include cheese and milk powders, as well as medical and cosmetic powders. The fitment consists of an elastic, perforated membrane between springy plates, which can be fitted into pouch packaging. Material and production costs are reduced as fewer materials are used, as are transport costs due to the lighter weight when compared to glass and rigid plastic containers.


#2 Waterless body wash concentrate incorporates reusable key

A Canadian start-up called Everist has announced the addition of a third product to join the hair care products it launched this year. The new product from Everist is the Waterless Body Wash Concentrate. All three products are concentrated paste formulations that are activated with water. The packaging consists of recyclable aluminium tubes and a PET (polyethylene terephthalate) cap. A useful reusable key fits on the end to wind the tube as it empties, enabling the consumer to extract as much of the product as possible. Everist have a return programme for their caps called CapBack, where they can be returned and recycled. Consumers can also purchase a 100% biodegradable and home compostable Konjac Sponge. The body wash is priced at $24 USD/$28 CAD per tube and the sponge at $12 USD/$16 CAD. The 100ml tube is the equivalent of a standard 300ml bottle.

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#3 Bottle cap design stops e-commerce transit leakages

Neville and More, a packaging supply company based in the south of England focuses on bottles, jars and closures. The business has developed an e-commerce approved top. The safety mechanism ensures that the products contained do not leak on their way to the customer, but is still easy for them to dispense. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the e-commerce channel has increased significantly and more liquid cream products are being shipped than ever before, and packaging has to withstand sometimes inevitable rough handling of its distribution. The disc top cap benefits from a built-in push-up mechanism that ensures that the contents are not accidentally dispensed during shipping to the customer. The new top is available in the popular 24/410 neck size, making it suitable for use with hundreds of Neville and More’s standard bottles in recyclable PET (polyethylene terephthalate) and HDPE (high density polyethylene).

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#4 Single-dose paper-based vial has numerous potential applications

Valmatic, a packaging machinery manufacturer based in Modena, Italy has announced the launch of a new single-dose vial concept manufactured from paper. The new product is called Paperdose and runs on their Valmatic V75 FFS (form, fill and seal) machine. The single-dose vials are made using Aticelca certified recyclable paper from FSC (Forestry Stewardship Council) forests, are easy to open and can be disposed of in a standard waste paper stream after use. The V75 thermoforms and fills the paper vials as it would with conventional plastic versions. Valmatic see the product being used in a number of different industries, including cosmetics, food, pharmaceuticals, chemicals and veterinary. Paperdose is available in a range of different volumes, from 1 to 50 ml. The V75 thermoformer can also be fitted with the V100 single-colour thermoprinter.

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