August 2022

Project seeks to recycle whey into cheese packaging

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The Go Orleans Project is a group of Spanish research facilities, cheesemakers, and FEDACOVA (Agri-Food Business Federation of the Valencian Community) who are looking to reuse leftover whey from the cheese industry in new ingredients for the packaging industry. The Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) warns that 180 million litres of whey is generated from over 18 million tonnes of cheese produced worldwide annually. Major companies can recover the valuable properties of whey by implementing recovery processes, but small artisanal cheese factories, which represent a significant part of the industry, cannot afford this equipment and their whey ends up as waste that is hazardous if disposed of in the environment. The aim of the project is to create natural ingredients derived from whey that will be transformed into antimicrobial coatings that could extend the shelf life of cheese by 25-50%, with probiotic ingredients going towards improving the health of livestock.


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This is a long-term project that could yield promising results for preserving cheese products whilst utilising waste products.


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This has long-term potential in dairy products.


July 2022

Beverage carton recycling solution being investigated

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Finnish paper and pulp products manufacturer Stora Enso is joining forces with Swedish beverage carton manufacturer Tetra Pak to assess the feasibility of recycling beverage cartons at Stora’s Langerbrugge site. The Belgian site is hoping to recycle some of the country’s estimated 75,000 tonnes of beverage cartons that are sold annually. Currently there is no beverage carton recycling infrastructure in the region. The intention would be that Stora would recover the board fibres, while a third partner would recycle the polymer and aluminium barrier materials. The recycling project is linked to Stora Enso’s feasibility study examining a potential conversion of one of the Langerbrugge site’s paper lines into a high-volume recycled containerboard line, which is expected to conclude in the first half of 2023. If the company decides to invest, the recycling containerboard line is expected to enter production in 2025.


thepackhubs-viewTetra Pak continues to work on ways to improve the recyclability of their cartons and collaboration can be an effective way of making this happen.

 


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This has potential for a variety of products in the Beverage and Food sectors.


June 2022

Recyclable paper pulp used for COVID-19 testing kit

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A London-based design studio has developed a biodegradable and recyclable COVID-19 testing kit concept, which aims to lessen the environmental impact of tests being used today. The kit, designed by Morroma predominantly uses recyclable paper pulp, but has also been designed to be more user-friendly. The Eco-Flo outer packaging is made from recyclable paper pulp, while the sachet is made from Futamura’s biodegradable NatureFlex film. It is claimed the material should break down in approximately 4-6 weeks. To make the kit more user-friendly, they also moved away from nasal swab technology. The team looked to Parallel Amplified Saliva rapid POint-of-caRe Test (also known as PASPORT), a developing technology that tests for the virus through saliva samples. It has been estimated that the UK lateral flow testing programme has contributed enough plastic waste to fill 19 Olympic swimming pools so far.


thepackhubs-viewThe COVID pandemic has no doubt created lots of additional packaging waste. On pack communication will need to be clear to inform users of the biodegradability of the sachet.


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This has potential for a variety of products in the Pharmaceutical sector


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