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Watermarks can harmonize sorting processes amid regulation squeeze: Petcore Conference 2019 review, Part 2

11 Feb 2019 --- One of the key findings at the Petcore Europe Conference, held in Brussels last week, was that in order to achieve the stringent recycling targets set out in the EU Plastics Strategy, the industry must collaborate more efficiently to develop harmonized, efficient sorting processes. Since most recycling problems can be brought back to the sorting process, cracking sorting will crack recycling, according to Gian De Belder, Packaging Technologist, Sustainable Packaging Development at Procter & Gamble (P&G). One potential breakthrough technology that could add efficiency and precision to the sorting process is watermarking.

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.

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.

UK consumer group unwraps festive chocolate packaging weight and recyclability issues

18 Dec 2018 --- New research by Which? has found that the packaging of popular Christmas chocolates can constitute up to 42 percent the products’ total weight. After investigating the UK’s top 13 best-selling boxes of chocolates, the consumer lobby group pinpointed Ferrero Rocher Collection as the “worst offender” with 42 percent of the total weight taken up by packaging and only 11 percent of that packaging being recyclable. In response, the chocolate manufacturer points to the “fundamental importance” of the distinctive packaging in protecting the product from damage.

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.

Peel Saver innovation packages street fries in their own peel waste

11 Oct 2018 --- The packaging solution is sometimes right in front of your eyes. That is the view of Simone Caronni, Pietro Gaeli and Paolo Stefano Gentile, three product designers from NABA University in Milan, who have created cone-shaped fries packaging from discarded potato peels. Fries companies produce a lot of potato peels: the idea of this project is to use this material to save on waste while producing eco-conscious packaging, the trio says, and so the Peel Saver was born.

Gerresheimer to offer irradiation of primary packaging services

20 Sep 2018 --- Gerresheimer, a pharma and healthcare packaging provider, is expanding its services to offer surface finishing of plastic packaging for ophthalmology and rhinology products with irradiation. As part of this move, the company is drawing on partnerships with selected certified partners.

“BPA-free” plastic can still cause harm to mice – and maybe humans, researchers warn 

20 Sep 2018 --- Bisphenol A (BPA) alternatives used in “BPA-free” bottles, cups, cages and other items have been found to cause reproductive problems in mice by researchers at Washington State University. “BPA-free” or not, plastic products that show signs of damage or aging cannot be considered safe, the researchers warn. Patricia Hunt, a researcher in the lab, further tells PackagingInsights that it is not possible for consumers to determine if a product contains bisphenols, but states that “new recycling codes or other mandatory labeling that would allow consumers to make educated decisions would be ideal.”

A Plastic Planet symbolizes an intensifying plastics debate: Packaging Innovations 2018

18 Sep 2018 --- A Plastic Planet – an organization which openly advocates a 100 percent discontinuation of plastics in food and beverage packaging – could be found tucked away in a far corner of the Packaging Innovations show in London last week. The major theme of the show was the ongoing plastics conversation, epitomized by the widely attended The Big Plastics Debate, in which industry-leading figures debated the role of plastics in a more sustainable future. Meanwhile, the team at A Plastic Planet came armed with its famed Plastic Free Aisle exhibit and a wall full of “Plastic Free” trust marks in a clear indication of its stance.

Weekly Roundup: Heidelberg presents digital solutions in Japan, Ardagh Group converts beverage can plant from steel to aluminum 

24 Aug 2018 --- The weekly roundup is PackagingInsights' collection of global packaging stories from the past week. UK based artisan confectionary company Buttermilk has released its newest snack bar in cellulose packaging. Heidelberg has presented its latest digital solutions and “smart print shop” at customer events in Japan. Aptar has announced its official participation in Amazon’s Packaging Support and Supplier Network (APASS) program while UK bagged fruit and nut snack manufacturer Humdinger Ltd has purchased two Vegatronic 6000 baggers and Parkside, a specialty packaging solutions provider, has made a further significant investment in state-of-the-art laser equipment. Lastly, Ardagh Group has completed the conversion of its Rugby, UK, beverage can manufacturing plant from steel to aluminum.

“Slippery” packaging: Virginia Tech researchers find novel way to minimize food waste

06 Aug 2018 -- Researches at Virginia Tech have created innovative “slippery” plastic packaging designed to minimize the food waste commonly left behind in condiment, dairy and beverage packaging. The study, which was published in Scientific Reports and has yielded a provisional patent, establishes a method for wicking chemically compatible vegetable oils into the surfaces of common extruded plastics. While cutting down on food waste, the “slippery” packaging also helps combat the frustration felt by consumers when they are unable to squeeze the last drop of sauce from small packets.

Digitalization on the e-health market with the smart “Medical Prescription”

01 Aug 2018 --- August Faller has developed an intelligent and interactive pharmaceutical packaging prototype: a digitalized folding carton, coined “Medical Prescription,” which supports patient’s compliance with regard to medication intake. The packaging solution, which includes a small e-paper display and electronic controls (buttons), counts down the tablets, reminds the patient of the correct time to take them and alerts the patient when it is time to order a new prescription. Doctors and pharmacists can transfer, via Bluetooth, individual dosage instructions onto the folding carton.

Seaweed sauce sachets: Alternative to single-use-plastics in takeaway packaging?

25 Jul 2018 --- In an attempt to lower the use of single-use plastics in takeaway packaging, online delivery service Just Eat has announced a new UK six-week trial of seaweed-based sauce sachets for ketchup and garlic herb sauces. The Ooho! Seaweed Sauce sachets, created in partnership with sustainable packaging development company Skipping Rocks Lab, decompose in a matter of weeks.

US researchers combine crab shells and tree fibers for flexible packaging solution

25 Jul 2018 --- Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology have created a compostable material derived from crab shells and tree fibers which, the team believes, could provide a more sustainable alternative to flexible plastic packaging used for fresh foods. The new material is made by spraying multiple layers of chitin from crab shells and cellulose from trees to form a flexible film similar to plastic packaging film.

Unilever meets consumer demand for natural foods in Flextrus “paper” packaging

23 Jul 2018 --- As consumers increasingly look for more natural and “free-from” products, packaging companies must deliver on packaging that adequately reflects its contents. Colman’s range of seasoning blends, developed by Unilever and packed in a unique paper material from Flextrus, aim to meet this demand with a packaging look based on the traditional brown paper bag.

Weekly Digest: Veritiv offers sugar-cane based paperboard

20 Jul 2018 --- This week in packaging, Kalas Packaging has introduced an online personalized gift bag and bottle box service for consumers, Acqua Vitasnella, a brand belonging to Ferrarelle SpA has launched its “Le Linfe” range, and Veritiv Corporation now offers a paperboard-based packaging option made with 100 percent sugarcane bagasse fibers. Menasha Packaging Company, a subsidiary of Menasha Corporation, has announced a new President.

VTT Finland develops 100 percent bio-based thermally formable plastic alternative

12 Jul 2018 --- VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland has successfully developed a thermally formable, biodegradable material, which is 100 percent bio-based. Biocomposites made from entirely bio-based raw materials can be used to replace fossil raw material derived plastics, which have traditionally been used in industrial applications. As the material is thermoformable, it is well suited for various manufacturing processes and products.

Spanish collaboration converts horticultural waste into biodegradable packaging

04 Jul 2018 --- Plastics technology specialist Aimplas has pioneered the creation of new biodegradable films and nets for horticultural products, food colorants and additives from harvest waste. The BIOVEGE project took horticultural waste from the fields of Almería and successfully converted it into high-value packaging in line with the philosophy of the circular economy.

Innovia Films launches reclosable application film for cleaning products

22 Jun 2018 ---  Innovia Films has launched a BOPP Rayoface facestock film specifically designed for reclosable applications, such as wet wipes. The clear films’ strength comes from its thickness – 92 microns. While it is thick, it still has “exceptional” clarity, says the company, which allows printed branding on a wet wipe pack to show through. The film also has a special print and adhesive receptive coating to ensure high-quality print performance.

Combidome convenience: SIG partners with Pfanner for on-the-go juice drink

19 Jun 2018 --- Targeted at busy millennials who “prefer to consume healthily on-the-go,” Pfanner’s Supersafte range of lifestyle juices are packaged in SIG’s innovative carton bottle combidome 500ml, which is optimized to be consumed on the move. The companies state that the new range of drinks tap into the millennial market even further through their transparent marketing and sustainable status.