December 2022

Packaging concept for perfume replaces plastic film with tamper-evident labels

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Belgian packaging manufacturer Van Genechten Packaging has developed a packaging concept aimed at the perfume and cosmetics market. It can replace the plastic film that has been the industry standard until now but still offers protection against counterfeiting and is tamper evident. The labels display visible security elements to convey to the customer the product’s value and how the manufacturer protects it from counterfeiting. By breaking the seal, the buyer or recipient can be sure that the product was not opened after it was sealed at the production site. Together with a security printing company, VGP first developed the concept and then the product range that was able to turn the formulated claim into reality. The label solutions available can look either simple or elaborate while simplifying the process, as the time-consuming and energy-intensive run through a shrink tunnel is no longer necessary. See also Tamper-evident label for drug vials reveals warning message.


thepackhubs-viewThere is no information to confirm that the environmental impact of a small label is smaller than the plastic film it replaces.


opportunityzone

This has the potential for a variety of products in the Pharmaceutical sectorThe Consumer Goods and Health & Beauty sectors could also benefit from this concept.


November 2022

High barrier mono-material stand-up pouch is recyclable

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A collaboration between several companies has resulted in what they say is a recyclable, high barrier, mono-material stand-up pouch. TotalEnergies, Windmöller & Hölscher, and Mitsubishi Chemical Group say that they have completed a successful proof of concept for their High Barrier Stand-Up Pouch, said to be fully recyclable and applicable to contact-sensitive food packaging. It is said to be manufactured with an MDO-PE (machine direction oriented polyethylene) film – a combination of TotalEnergies’ Supertough, Lumicene high-density PE, and Mitsubishi Chemical Group’s Soarnol – and a sealing film, and laminated together by Dettmer Verpackungen. Machine manufacturer B&B then formed the material into a stand-up pouch, it is claimed. The pouch is intended to replace multi-material, metallised structures, with the new design claiming to be made of 98% polyethylene and less than 2% of the EVOH necessary for barrier properties. See also Collaboration develops recyclable wide-format PE pet food bag.


thepackhubs-viewThere is a lot of activity switching to mono-material pouches that achieve good barriers and this is another suitable example. Collaboration has been key in making things happen.


opportunityzone

This has applications for Food brands.

 

 


November 2022

Sporting goods retailer develops energy gel with edible packaging

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French sporting goods retailer Decathlon have developed an energy gel contained within an edible outer coating. The innovation, known as the ‘Gel Pod’ is made from an edible layer made from algae and plant material. The pod is said to have two advantages over current energy gel packs – the first being that there is no packaging to dispose of, and second, the runner does not have to slow down or stop when consuming the gel. The development of the Gel Pod is part of Decathlon’s ambitions to remove plastic containers from all places where sports are practiced, especially in mountain environments. The Gel Pod has already been awarded the innovation prize in ecodesign at the Reveal Innovation 2022, although presently there is no indication of when it will be on sale to the public. 


thepackhubs-viewThis is one of several edible pod solutions coming to our attention of the Innovation Zone. It is not clear at this who is behind this initiative although it is likely to be Notpla.


opportunityzone

This could have applications for products in the Food sector.


October 2022

Four year research programme promotes cellulose as alternative plastic packaging material

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Earlier this year, the Grenoble Institute of Engineering and Management (INP) in France, launched the Cellulose Valley Industrial Excellence Chair, in order to offer the industrial sector high-performance and recyclable cellulose packaging in the paper industry. The programme, which will last for four years, will work on proof of concepts and propose solutions expected by society in these areas. The work will be supported by eight companies that have a vested interest in the promotion of cellulose, including Ahlstrom, DS Smith, Guillin Emballage,  Aptar, Decathlon, Marie, Chanel, and Citeo. The idea is to work on primary and secondary packaging, for food, cosmetics or other sectors with often common issues, such as those relating to barrier properties for liquid formulas, closure constraints or decorations. The first projects included work on Gruyère and chocolate packaging, on wedging elements, new types of corrugated cardboard, and on high-performance moulded cellulose. See also Researcher creates wood-based alternative to single-use plastic.


thepackhubs-viewThis initiative is at the concept stage and many potential years from commercialisation and is one of many cellulose-based initiatives tracked in the Innovation Zone.

 


opportunityzone

This innovation has applications primarily for Food and Health & Beauty sector products.

 

 


October 2022

Detergent packaging is made from beverage carton waste

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A collaboration between three German companies has resulted in prototype detergent packaging made from multilayer beverage carton waste. The prototype is made possible by a promising new technology: Saperatec’s extended mechanical recycling process for thin-layer composite materials, which leads to new recyclates. The two-layer construction is made entirely of polyethylene (PE), with the inner sealing layer being more than 50% PCR (post consumer recycled) rLDPE made from beverage carton waste. The outer layer is laminated with Henkel’s adhesive optimized for recyclability. Overall, the packaging will contain at least 35% PCR rLDPE, which is in line with the proposed recommendations for the EU Non-Food Packaging Directive. The prototype was developed by Saperatec GmbH, a developer of recycling processes for composite packaging made of different materials, along with Wentus, a supplier of packaging films whose flexible monopolyethylene packaging design enables easy recyclability, and Henkel, the adhesives, sealants and functional coatings supplier.


thepackhubs-viewThe Innovation Zone has tracked many PCR developments in recent times but this a first in terms of the use of multilayer carton waste.


opportunityzone

This has specific opportunities for the Household sector.


September 2022

Edible food wrap made from algae

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Naama Nicotra is a product designer based in Tel Aviv, Israel. She has used agar, derived from algae, to create ‘NakedPak’, a series of edible, sustainable packaging solutions. Using algae as the main ingredient to form bioplastic, she produces a transparent, tasteless, two-dimensional sheet or a three-dimensional structure. Spices and sauces can also be incorporated into the NakedPak natural material, thus producing flavoured packaging that dissolves in boiling water. She has created five dishes using this material, naked soup, a vegetable broth with frozen-dried vegetables. Once rinsed and boiled, the vegetables return to their flavourful state. A curry dish, of which the wrapper is made of Thai vegetable curry and contains a serving of white rice. Once dissolved, the curry wrapper cooks with the rice. There is also a naked lasagne, naked spaghetti, and for dessert, naked ice cream, which is vanilla ice cream coated with raspberry-flavoured agar.


thepackhubs-viewWe continue to track edible packaging solutions coming to market. This concept is certain to grab the attention of consumers. There will still be a need for some sort of ingredient labelling, it is assumed.


 

opportunityzone

This has opportunities for a range of Food sector products.

 


August 2022

Packaging giant trialling alternative fibres for papermaking

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Sustainable packaging manufacturer DS Smith, has announced that it is trialling a range of alternative materials for its paper and packaging-making process. The range of alternative fibres includes straw, daisies, hemp, cocoa shells, and seaweed. The move is part of DS Smith’s £100m R&D and Innovation plan to accelerate its work in the circular economy. The company is exploring using annual plants such as daisies and agricultural waste for their fibre properties and potential paper performance. The DS Smith Innovation Team is also experimenting with cocoa shells for carton boards in chocolate packaging and is looking at other materials with a good environmental reputation. DS Smith has been trialling novel materials with research partners, The Research Institutes of Sweden (RISE), to explore how the properties of straw and seaweed could potentially work as a packaging material.


thepackhubs-viewThis is a broad brief with many potential alternative fibres under exploration.


opportunityzone

This has opportunities for products across sectors.

 


August 2022

Consortium to develop high-barrier mono-material film

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A consortium of companies that includes Yorkshire-based Parkside Flexibles has formed intending to develop a high-barrier food contact mono-material. The HiBarFilm2 project is an Innovate UK-funded consortium. Along with Parkside, the consortium includes Bangor University, Recycling Technologies, Wells Plastics, Dunbia, Cambridge Nanomaterials Technology, Fre-Energy, Haydale Composite Solutions, and BASF. The consortium hopes that HiBarFilm2 will be made by mixing a plasma functionalised nanomaterial into a polyolefin before film production. The nanomaterials will also be dispersed into a barrier coating and applied to the polyolefin substrate, creating a high barrier, high-performance mono-material film. Parkside say that the project is an obvious fit for them as they thrive on developing innovative products and are confident that they can be part of creating a sustainable, high-performance film technology.


thepackhubs-viewDemand for high-barrier, easy-to-recycle pack formats is high, and this is another good example that sounds like it is at the early stages of development.


opportunityzone

This has applications for Food products.

 

 


August 2022

Researchers develop new holographic technique

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Researchers at the MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) have figured out a way to repurpose hologram technology to make stretchy, colour-changing holographic film that could be used in various applications, from fashion to medical to commercial packaging. Holography is a process that creates 3D images by “superimposing two light beams onto a physical material.” The team at MIT had been studying things in nature, such as mollusc shells and butterfly wings, which seem to shimmer, which can be explained by microscopic surface structures called Bragg reflectors. These are angled and layered to reflect light; MIT likens them to tiny coloured mirrors. The team experimented with exposing holographic film using nothing more than off-the-shelf projectors, creating images in just a few minutes with vivid colour reproduction that, when stretched, change hues. The reduced exposure time of these modern-day holographies may be key to making the process viable on a large scale. 


opportunityzone

This could have opportunities in the BeverageHealth & Beauty and Consumer Goods sectors.


August 2022

Brewer launches personalised trainers with beer in soles

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Global beer brand Heineken has announced the launch of limited edition sneakers where the shoe’s sole is filled with beer. Called ‘Heinekicks’, the personalised sneakers were produced by the beer brand in collaboration with well-known designer, Dominic Ciambrone, widely known as the shoe surgeon. The limited edition shoe features the brand’s colours, with a white body and green and red lining. The beer is injected into the sole using a specialised surgical injection. There will be a total of only 25 pairs available in Vietnam, Korea, Taiwan, India, and China. The concept for the sneakers was formed by Heineken with creative agency Bartle Bogle Hegarty (BBH) Singapore. Ciambrone said that partnering with the brewer to launch their new beer, Heineken Silver, was a fun challenge as they both shared a passion for innovation, pushing boundaries, and created a design to reflect that. 


thepackhubs-viewThis is undoubtedly a very unusual creation that is sure to generate a lot of coverage on social media.

 


opportunityzone

This has opportunities for Consumer Goods sector products.


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