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Welcome to this week’s Innovation Zone snapshot from ThePackHub.
ThePackHub collates up to 20 new packaging innovations each week and we have picked four recent examples for you below.

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#1 Smart water bottle powered by the sun

There have been many smart water bottle hydration systems launched in recent times. Take a look at these from the Innovation Zone. Seattle-based Bazaarian has taken technology to another level with the development of their Hydrade smart bottle. The 700-ml stainless steel double-walled bottle will keep drinks ice-cold for almost a full day and hot for around half that time. The Hydrade bottle comes into its own due with some additional innovative features. Firstly, it is completely solar powered with no charging port on the bottle. To fully charge the battery, the bottle will need to stay in the sun for around 20 hours in total, but a full charge will last for 20 days of use. It also knows when the user is really drinking the water (rather than pouring it away). Finally, every drop drunk generates a donation for the equivalent amount of clean, safe drinking water to people in 27 developing countries via Charity: water.


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#2 Foldable spoon with teabag reduces plastic use

Denmark-based Sprout built a reputation for the launch of the first sustainable pencil that could be planted. It has seeds embedded and grow herbs, vegetables and flowers. The business has turned its attention to another biodegradable solution with a plastic-free spoon.  Sprout Spoon is 100% biodegradable and includes an integrated teabag. A foldable spoon with a teabag is incorporated in the design. The package does not contain any plastic or metal and is bleach and pesticide-free. It won’t create new plants but will decompose in the ground. The spoon comes with three different tea variants. Cocoa, soup or coffee could also be used. The material is 100%  virgin fibre. In Europe, the problem of single-use packaging has such importance that the European Union has decided to ban plastic utensils by 2020. EXTRA READING:  European Parliament votes for single-use plastics ban.

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#3 Matt effect beverage cans with coded tabs engage drinkers

Las Vegas headquartered energy drink brand Rockstar Energy is using new lidding technologies for their beverage cans in a bid to increase shelf stand out as well as consumer engagement. The cans come via from global leader in glass and metal packaging Ardagh Group as part of a new ‘Rock Rocks’ can campaign. The packs benefit from a matt effect finish to ensure that the cans stand out of the point of sale to invite shoppers to pick them up amongst the standard glossy cans in situ. Ardagh’s new lidding technology also includes a coloured lid and tab. The tab is coded and available in three eye-catching designs.On the underside of each tab of the 500 ml aluminium cans is a unique alphanumeric code, which only becomes visible when the can is opened, ensuring that the product has to be purchased in order to have a chance of winning a prize that include festival tickets and Rockstar merchandise. See also Top of can branding will get beverages noticed.


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#4 Compostable bamboo fibre mixed pack created for massage oil launch

Hong Kong based provider of luxury packaging solutions Nationalpak has introduced a new pack for massage oil in a compostable format with a look and shape inspired by spa hot stones. The pack contain three bottles of massage oil and is made from compostable bamboo fibre mixed with biodegradable resins. Bamboo has been used in this case as it is in other packaging innovations due to its strong environmental credentials. It is in plentiful supply and grown without pesticides or chemical fertilisers. It grows rapidly and can be harvested in no more than five years. It is claimed that bamboo generates approximately 35% more oxygen than trees and is an excellent soil erosion inhibitor. The massage oil packaging has been tested and certified by EN13432 compostability standards. According to Natpack, it will take approximately three to six months for the pack to degrade depending on conditions. See also Bamboo-based bottle has a multitude of uses.

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