February 2023

Multilayer high barrier film is highly recyclable

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German film manufacturer allvac specialises in producing thermoformable barrier films. Their new film, allflex SR, is a multilayer PA/PE (nylon/polyethylene) film that has a recyclability of 100% in the plastic film and LDPE flows, according to the CHI (Institut Cyclos – HTP) standard. The films can also be reused with a recyclability of 75% via the mixed plastics flow and the mixed polyolefin flow. Packaged goods that are frozen or pasteurised are suitably protected by the film, which is especially relevant for goods like meat or sausage. The films are manufactured by coextrusion, a technique which makes it possible to combine different films or use additives. The film is suitable for packaging produced on thermoforming machines and tolerates a temperature of up to 100°C for up to four hours. The composite film allows a large window through which to see the product while ensuring a longer shelf life.


The Innovation Zone has tracked many biofilm alternatives but this is the first one reported using an onion-based material.


opportunityzone

This has opportunities for products in the Food sector.



Metal packaging manufacturer launches new portfolio aimed at the luxury packaging sector

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Global metal packaging manufacturer Eviosys has launched a new portfolio of metal containers for luxury packaging. The company presented a new hot-stamping technique, packaging for the visually impaired and a trend-led collection of ready-to-launch containers at Paris Packaging Week, at the end of January 2023. The hot-stamping technique can create an impression of relief and imitate textures including leather and marble. The company has also invested in a new micro-embossing machine which can be used to write on packs in braille. ‘Scan me’ could be micro-embossed in braille and a square surrounding a QR code. When scanned, the QR code could deliver audio content. The company has also teamed up with trends agency Caramel to create a collection showcasing ready-to-launch secondary packaging with different forms and decoration techniques in line with three consumer trends, labelled as ‘Regeneration’, ‘Réindustrie’, and ‘Simple Pleasures’.


thepackhubs-viewThese technological advancements offer luxury and premium brands a range of ways to embellish metal packs.


opportunityzone

This has applications for products in the Consumer Goods, Beverage, Health & Beauty, Tobacco and Food sectors.



Electricity-free cool box contains no plastic

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Streiff und Helmold is a German manufacturer of high-quality and sustainable board-based packaging. In 2022 they won two WorldStar packaging awards for their IceCoat refrigerated cool box. The IceCoat cool box requires no electricity and the packaging contains no plastic. The packaging is simply filled with water and then frozen. The ice that forms inside protects the contents through long-lasting cooling. The two international awards are for packaging products in the main category, “Beverages” and the Special Award Silver in the category “Packaging that saves food”. Two special properties make the product unique: the construction and the special printing process with impregnated varnish. Conventional packaging materials (mono-material cardboard) are used, which are processed using a special construction without adhesion and are impregnated with a plastic-free barrier. The contents have no direct contact with the ice to prevent them from freezing together and can therefore be easily removed individually. See also: Thermal performance of home delivery recipe boxes improved.


thepackhubs-viewThis low-tech solution demonstrates what can be achieved utilising mono-material cardboard. The water freezing process will add an additional level of cost and complexity as well as being heavier than other insulation options.

 


opportunityzone

This innovation has applications for Beverage, Food and Pharmaceutical sectors.



Turkish PP manufacturer includes 15% biopolymer in new film

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Süper Film Ambalaj Sanayi ve Ticaret AŞ is a Turkish company specialising in PP (polypropylene) film manufacture. Their new offering, SUPEX 2011 ALG BOPP (biaxially oriented polypropylene), contains 15% land-grown seaweed in its formulation, meaning that dependency on fossil-based resources is reduced. The company says that an important feature of the biopolymer used in the film structure is that it is obtained from seaweed grown in terrestrial environments. By producing seaweed by this method, it is possible to produce biopolymer without using any agricultural resources, and without any negative effects on the food chain. In addition, the relevant film can be recycled with standard PP packaging materials and reused in a circular economy. The company is opening a new factory in 2023, and they plan to increase their capacity by 50% in total. The World Packaging Organization awarded the company a WorldStar packaging award for the development of the film.


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This is one of several seaweed-based initiatives to come to the attention of the Innovation Zone in recent times and is becoming one of the most popular biomaterials to be commercialised.

 


opportunityzone

This has long-term potential for Food products.


February 2023

Innovative cement sack solves disposal issues

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Chilean pulp and paper company CMPC has launched the Zero Waste Sack. The Zero Waste Sack allows the packaging to be incorporated together with the cement into the mixer, which then disintegrates in just seven minutes thanks to the mechanical action of water. Thus, the container becomes one more element of the concrete. It has already won an award in Chile at the 2022 Packaging Innovation Awards in the category “Innovation in packaging: Sustainability and Climate Change”. According to CMPC, the sack does not need any type of special treatment, either for storage or transport. The company also says that the sack has a similar cost to traditional cement bags, making this innovation a sustainable alternative and an accessible one. The innovation is said to be especially suitable in areas of the country where there are difficulties for proper waste management, such as Easter Island or Punta Arenas.


thepackhubs-viewIt is impressive that the material is robust enough to survive the rigours of the construction supply chain but is also dissolvable post use.


opportunityzone

This has applications in the Construction sector.


January 2023

New range of thermal paper labels made from 100% recycled fibres

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Helsinki-based UPM Raflatac are claiming a world first with the launch of a range of new thermal paper labels made from 100% recycled fibres. The range includes the first commercially available total phenol free thermal paper labels made with 100% recycled fibres. The labels are designed for use in the food, retail and logistics labelling sectors. The company says that this new range offers brand owners a way to increase the proportion of recycled materials in their packaging. This in turn reduces the pressure on forests and enables a more circular economy. The range is FSC (Forestry Stewardship Council) certified, and the labels maintain the same functionalities as label material made from virgin fibres. The labels adhere well to different types of packages which makes them a good choice for logistics and retail labelling applications, while the printability of the labels is said to be equal to non-recycled products.


thepackhubs-viewThe use of recycled fibres will be well-received by operators


opportunityzone

This has opportunities for all sectors using labels.

 


January 2023

New stretch sleeves are 50% thinner

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Austrian label converter, CCL labels, has announced the launch of stretch sleeves that are reportedly 50% thinner than the market standard. While current labels tend to come in at around 45µm, these are 30µm thick. CCL have calculated that over 100 million sleeves, producers could save up to 32 tonnes of plastic. The company sees the main application to be returnable 1 litre PET bottles commonly used in the mineral water market. These stretch labels are made from mono-PE (polyethylene) which has a high degree of elasticity. This means that no adhesives and no heat is necessary to apply the sleeve to the bottle or other container – it attaches itself and stays in place with the help of its own elasticity. It is possible to integrate different percentages of recycled content, including Post-Consumer Recyclate (PCR) material.


thepackhubs-viewThis is a significant reduction in material weight without any functional disadvantages.

 

 


opportunityzone

This innovation has the biggest opportunities in the Beverage sector.

 



Corrugated board tray aimed at the fresh fruit and vegetable market

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Cascades Containerboard Packaging, based in Canada, has announced the launch of a new corrugated board tray aimed at the fresh fruit and vegetable market. This new closed basket is made of recycled and easily recyclable corrugated cardboard and is intended as an alternative to plastic packaging for these types of products, which are difficult to recycle. By using recycled corrugated cardboard in its design, the company supports its customers in reducing their environmental impact while meeting consumer demand for more and more eco-responsible packaging. The basket’s innovative design allows it to be shipped flat to reduce transportation costs and storage space. An assembly jig, specially designed for the two basket formats (2l and 3l), also speeds up and simplifies operations for producers. Thanks to high-quality flexographic, lithographic and digital printing options and customisation possibilities, a great look can be achieved for brand owners.


thepackhubs-viewThis solution combines the advantages of removing plastic alongside a pack that has the look and feel of a more environmentally-friendly pack.

 


opportunityzone

This has applications primarily for fruit for Food sector products.

 



New addition to recyclable PE bag range

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Cincinnati-based flexible packaging producer ProAmpac has announced a new addition to its QUADFLEX recyclable packaging platform. The PE-based range is now joined by QUADLFEX LT, which the company says is an excellent way for brands to transition into durable plastic packaging that offers superior product protection and sustainability options. The company also says that this new format is specifically designed for efficient performance on automated filling and palletisation equipment and can hold up to 50 pounds (22.7kgs) of product. QUADLFEX LT also has excellent drop and dimpling resistance for heavy product weight applications and can be formulated with either mechanical or chemical post-consumer recycled content. Four panels of branding space can be printed with high-definition (HD) flexography.  For enhanced consumer convenience, QUADFLEX LT can include a top or c-cut handle or an additional header for more branding space.


thepackhubs-viewThis is another good recyclable addition to ProAmpac’s QUADFLEX range.

 


opportunityzone

This has opportunities for Industrial and Pet Care sector products.


January 2023

Board-based tray developed to replace single-use plastic

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Ulzama Graphics & Packaging, based near Pamplona, Spain, has launched a board tray intended to rival plastic containers used for the fruit and vegetable sector. A trigger for the company to develop this new tray is the new law that prohibits single-use plastic containers in the fruit and vegetable sector and that comes into force in 2023. The tray contains between 80-95% less plastic than current plastic options. The tray does feature a layer of plastic to retain the integrity of the tray but this has been designed to be easily removed by the consumer for recycling after use. The rim of the tray has been designed to replicate that of current plastic trays available, which means that packers require no costly retooling. The structural rigidity and the flatness of the rim also make it ideal for packing products with greater demands, such as MAP (modified atmosphere packaging), for meat and pre-cooked products. See also Recyclable tomato packaging launched by UK supermarket.


thepackhubs-viewThe switch from plastic to more paper-based solutions continues particularly for fruit and vegetables as brands and retailers aim to reduce their plastic packaging burden and meet evolving single-use packaging regulations


opportunityzone

This has applications in the Food sector.

 


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