Bio-Based

Weekly roundup: SIG targets Asian market with new China Tech Centre, Singapore researchers convert durian husks into biodegradable packaging

08 Feb 2019 --- Aseptic packaging supplier SIG is expanding its Asia presence with a new Tech Centre in Suzhou, China. Plant-based ingredients company Roquette has developed two new products in its Stabilys EVO special paper and coated cardboard range. In this week’s big research news, scientists at Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University (NTU) have succeeded in turning durian husks into biodegradable packaging materials.

Bio-naptha boom: Arla Oy to bring entirely wood-based packages to the Finnish market

06 Feb 2019 --- Arla Oy has become the first company in Finland to use renewable, wood-based bioplastics for the thin plastic film necessary in gable top, paperboard cartons for milk, yogurt and cooking products, in collaboration with UPM Biofuels. As a result of the sustainability-oriented revamp, an estimated 40 million Arla packages will be made entirely wood-based and ready for the market this year.

The negative list: Nestlé identifies the six "no go" plastic types in its sustainability charge

06 Feb 2019 --- Nestlé has identified several plastic material types that it will avoid using in new product packaging and immediately begin phasing out from existing packaging. The FMCG giant has determined that effective recycling schemes are unlikely to be established for Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC), Polyvinyliden Chloride (PVDC), Polystyrene (PS), expanded Polystyrene (ePS), Regenerated Cellulose and non-recyclable plastics/paper combinations and, as such, these materials will be discontinued for packaging purposes.

“Earth is our production machine”: All-natural wheat straw brings hope to Syrian refugees

18 Jan 2019 --- Last year’s announcement by the European Commission that several single-use plastic products will be banned has highlighted the need for alternative, more sustainable options. In this space, Omnes, a Greek non-profit, voluntary association is producing and marketing a single-use wheat straw that is 100 percent natural and compostable. The move may even help lift the economy of a region struck by the financial crisis and help with the integration of 700 Syrian refugees.

Packaging trends 2019: Part 1 – The search for sustainability

08 Jan 2019 --- Packaging trends in 2018 were dominated by sustainability action, largely fueled by rising anti-plastic sentiment. It was a year that saw widespread bans on single-use plastic items, the announcement of The New Plastics Economy Global Commitment and the launch of the world’s first plastic-free supermarket aisles in Amsterdam and London. At the same time, the milestone merger of two plastic giants in Amcor and Bemis suggests that there are still major players ready to invest in the future of the material. In the first of a two part report on packaging trends, PackagingInsights speaks to several industry experts about what to anticipate in 2019, starting with the most hotly contested trend: sustainability.

Fruit and veg-based bioplastics for fruit and veg: Bio-On and Rivoira form sustainability partnership

04 Jan 2019 --- Bioplastic innovators Bio-On and Italian fruit producers Rivoira have signed a strategic agreement to develop new bioplastic materials made from fruit and vegetable waste for the packaging of fresh fruits and vegetables. The ZEROPACK project, founded by Bio-On and now co-owned by Rivoria, will see the partnership produce 100 percent natural and biodegradable films, crates, small and large containers, fruit supports and labels.

Weekly Roundup: UK-wide deposit-return scheme planned for 2023, Stora Enso teams with FSC

21 Dec 2018 --- This week in packaging news, the UK government unveiled plans for a nationwide deposit-return scheme, which is set to launch in 2023. Sustainability action was widespread and exemplified by Stora Enso’s new partnership with FSC, which will aim to increase levels of certified wood supply across Europe, and Ritrama SpA’s launch of a new 50 percent dried grass label for wine, spirits and beer. Meanwhile, Coveris will open its new Pack Positive Centre in Leeds, UK, in the New Year, with the aim of driving sustainable plastic and paper packaging advancements.

CPI UK collaboration looks to cut plastic waste and quicken biodegradability

12 Dec 2018 --- The Centre for Process Innovation (CPI) is driving forward the development of food packaging that is less damaging to the environment by collaborating on a project to cut plastic pollution. The collaboration effort will develop next-generation packaging that continues to prolong the shelf-life of foodstuffs, such as meats and salads, but, crucially, they will be made from biodegradable materials designed to biodegrade in a natural environment.

Plastic-free single-use sachets: Unilever to invest in crowdsource solution

11 Dec 2018 --- Unilever has invested €100,000 (US$114,000) in a new plastic-free laundry tablet as part of its drive to “rethink” plastic packaging. The crowdsourced innovation has the potential to replace single-use sachets of laundry powder, a popular format for laundry detergents in the developing world. Hundreds of billions of the sachets are used every year, ending up in landfill or as litter as there isn't a viable recycling solution for them, a Unilever spokesperson tells PackagingInsights.

Bioplastic’s “evolving influence” can plug sustainability gap, says EUBP Chairman

10 Dec 2018 --- The 13th European Bioplastics Conference, which took place in Berlin last week, achieved a record attendance as European Bioplastics (EUBP) Chairman François de Bie spoke optimistically about the opportunity for innovation in the bioplastics space. The market potential for bioplastics is growing, according to de Bie, as a result of the EU’s drive towards a circular economy for plastics, which bioplastics can help facilitate.

Bioplastic boost: Total Corbion launches 75,000 tons per year PLA plant in Thailand

06 Dec 2018 --- Total Corbion – a collaborative venture between Total and Corbion – has launched a new 75,000 tons per year PLA (polylactic acid) bioplastics manufacturing plant based in Rayong, Thailand. The facility produces Luminy PLA resins, a biobased and biodegradable bioplastic that could play in to a circular economy. PLA products can be chemically or mechanically recycled or composted and used as fertilizer.

“Game-changing” straw: Stora Enso and Sulapac eye “industrial scale” rollout of biodegradable alternative

05 Dec 2018 --- Stora Enso and Sulapac have teamed up with the aim of producing renewable and biodegradable straws on an “industrial scale.” The straws are based on Sulapac’s biocomposite material – made of wood and natural binders – designed to be recycled via industrial composting and biodegrade in marine environments.

Parkside expands Park2Nature range of compostable solutions

04 Dec 2018 --- UK packaging solutions company Parkside has launched a range of compostable laminates suitable for different applications. In the wake of rising plastic resentment and environmental concern, the number of compostable packaging options available on the market has increased, largely due to its “greener” image. Compostable packaging in new food and beverage launches has increased with a CAGR of 41 percent in the last five years, notes Innova Market Insights.

French start-up launches ultra-sustainable, commercially-viable cotton coated food wrap

03 Dec 2018 --- A 29-year-old French entrepreneur has created and independently-launched a 100 percent renewable and recyclable food wrap packaging called Cosse. Produced from organic cotton coated with resin, wax and oil, the sticky but not gluey material can be used to package a wide range of foods including fruit and vegetables, pasta salad, cheese and bread. It can be washed in warm soapy water and reused up to 250 times. PackagingInsights speaks to the creator, Clémence Maurel, about the environmental and commercial success of this innovative packaging.

VPF introduces “ultra-sustainable” label stock made of renewable grass paper

30 Nov 2018 --- VPF has launched a new adhesive-coated label stock made of grass paper which is both recyclable and compostable. This “ultra-sustainable” addition to VPF’s product portfolio has been approved for direct food contact and can be used across a range of applications, notably printing labels for upmarket products in the food, beverage and cosmetic industries. The label stock is suitable for both permanent and removable labels.

Plastic hangover? Corona launches plant-based six-pack beer rings in “global first”

28 Nov 2018 --- Corona will become the first global beer brand to trial 100 percent plastic-free six-pack rings. The new rings will be piloted in Mexico at the beginning of 2019, with further tests in the UK planned for later in the year. Corona announced that it will pilot plastic-free six-pack rings in select markets as part of the brand’s commitment with Parley for the Oceans to lead the industry with eco-friendly packaging.

Tetra Pak hits 80 percent renewable carton milestone with Aseptic 1000 Edge with Bio-based LightCap

27 Nov 2018 --- Tetra Pak reached another major milestone on its journey towards producing all packaging using sustainably managed, renewable materials with the December 2016 launch of the Tetra Brik Aseptic 1000 Edge with Bio-based LightCap. Adopted by Netherlands-based FrieslandCampina earlier in 2018 for its popular chocolate milk brand, Chocomel, the 80 percent raw plant material carton continues to attract more sustainability-driven customers.

UK’s first plastic-free supermarket zone opens: “Imagine what major chains can achieve,” says owner

14 Nov 2018 --- A London supermarket has become one of the first in the world to introduce a dedicated Plastic Free Zone. In collaboration with A Plastic Planet, Thornton’s Budgens store in Camden’s Belsize Park took only 10 weeks to accumulate more than 1,700 plastic-free products, ranging from fresh fruit and vegetables to wild game meat including squirrel and wild boar. A range of plastic-alternative materials including beechwood nets, pulp, paper, metal, glass, cellulose and carton board are being used to package the products. Plastic-free zones are designed to introduce consumers to the concept of a plastic-free lifestyle.

Certified success: SIG’s SIGNATURE PACK gets ISO-conformant lifecycle assessment

12 Nov 2018 --- SIGNATURE PACK from SIG has become the world’s first mass balance product to be confirmed by a critically reviewed ISO-conformant lifecycle assessment (LCA). The pack is linked to 100 percent plant-based renewable materials, mixed with conventional fossil raw materials to produce polymers.

New Plastics Economy Lead: “Only businesses and governments can solve the plastic pollution crisis – it’s a race to the top”

09 Nov 2018 --- On 29 October 2018, The Ellen MacArthur Foundation announced that more than 290 organizations comprising 20 percent of all plastic packaging produced globally had signed a Global Commitment to eradicate plastic waste at source and work collaboratively towards the development of a circular plastics economy. PackagingInsights speaks to Sander Defruyt, Lead of the New Plastics Economy project, about this landmark agreement, increased company transparency, effective consumer recycling, the role of bioplastics and more.

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