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Packaging Innovations 2019: “Big Plastics Debate will progress from ‘what we can do’ to ‘what we have done’ at this year’s show,” says Event Director

22 Feb 2019 --- The UK’s biggest annual packaging show – Packaging Innovations – will take place in Birmingham next week. James Drake-Brockman, Divisional Director of Easyfairs’ Packaging Portfolio, expects the plastics debate to dominate the agenda once again, but this time with a more advanced focus on “what the industry has actually done” rather than “what it can do” to find sustainable solutions to a global waste problem. Here, Drake-Brockman speaks to PackagingInsights about improving consumer recycling behavior, the UK Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs’ (DEFRA) tax on plastics containing less than 30 percent recyclate and the challenges of finding nationwide consistency in UK recycling.

Weekly Roundup: Sealed Air acquires flexible packaging presence in Asia, RKW launches “super sustainable” shrink film

22 Feb 2019 --- In packaging news this week, Sealed Air has expanded its Asia Pacific presence with the acquisition of MGM, a printing and laminating flexible packaging specialist headquartered in the Philippines. In another big business move, pharmaceutical packaging supplier ACG Group has opened a US$93 million capsules manufacturing plant in Brazil. Innovative new launches this week included RKW’s “super sustainable” stretchable shrink film, which is unique in that it can be cut smaller than the pallet size and pulled over the palletized goods.

“Plastic has massive eco-benefits and can drive sustainable change,” says Co-op packaging technologist

20 Feb 2019 --- With Packaging Innovations 2019 in Birmingham only a week away, PackagingInsights speaks to Rob Thompson, Packaging Technologist at Co-op, about the UK supermarket’s endeavors to drive sustainable change within the plastic supply chain. Thompson discusses a number of recent Co-op innovations, including the UK’s first compostable carrier bag, compostable paper teabags and plans to make all its packaging recyclable by 2023.

Scrapping plastic: HEMA steps up sustainability by replacing single-use plastic products

20 Feb 2019 --- Dutch-based retail store HEMA is to replace single-use, disposable plastic products in all cases where a more sustainable alternative is available, ahead of the 2021 deadline set by the EU as part of the Single Use Plastics Directive (SUPD). The process has already begun, but HEMA will further roll out the sale of more sustainable versions of plastic stirrers, drinking straws, cotton ear buds and plastic confetti in the fall.

Brexit impact: UK Government suspends food industry consultations and reforms

20 Feb 2019 --- The UK Government has bowed to pressure to delay policy making on chemicals, pesticides, plastics, clean air, waste and possible reforms on food-related matters, following last week’s “no-cooperation” letter from the food industry. More than 30 trade organizations within the UK’s farming and food and drink supply-chain threatened the Government with breaking off cooperation at this time of “potential crisis” as the countdown to Brexit continues. The groups state that it cannot be business as usual during no-deal preparations.

Binning “throwaway culture”: UK waste consultations launched

19 Feb 2019 --- The UK government has launched a series of consultations with the aim of “overhauling the waste system.” The consultations will include the proposed Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) scheme, improvements in the consistency of household recycling and a Deposit Return Scheme (DRS) for cans and bottles. A consultation has also been launched on a proposed “world-leading tax” on plastic packaging that contains less than 30 percent recycled content. The government will elicit industry opinions on its plans for a period of 12 weeks, closing on 13 May, 2019.

“It’s been too profitable for the UK waste industry to offload waste to China,” says Hubbub Founder

15 Feb 2019 --- Ahead of Packaging Innovations 2019 in Birmingham this month, PackagingInsights speaks to Trewin Restorick, Founder & CEO of environmental sustainability charity Hubbub, about UK sustainability levels and the issue of plastic packaging pollution. Hubbub collaborates with leading companies like Waitrose, Starbucks and Coca-Cola to create environmental campaigns and measure the efficacy of sustainability initiatives. Here, Restorick discusses the shortfalls of UK recycling, the demonization of plastics packaging and strategies to increase the popularity of reusable coffee cups.

Weekly Roundup: Clariant launches line of oxygen-absorber packets for healthcare, ALPLA acquires Zamil ALPLA

15 Feb 2019 --- In this week’s packaging news, specialty chemicals company Clariant launched a new line of oxygen-absorber packets for the liquid infusion market, while Ishida will be exhibiting three of its weighing and quality control solutions at Empack in Den Bosch, the Netherlands, next month. In business news, Austrian packaging solutions company ALPLA has completed a 100 percent takeover of Zamil ALPLA.

Valentine’s Day designs: “Packaging should capture the uniqueness of how we feel”

14 Feb 2019 --- As February the 14th rolls around, companies seek to attract consumer attention with packaging designs that cater to the day’s romantic connotation. From Christmas to Easter, seasonal releases of products are a classic way to appeal to consumers and product packaging takes center stage. With this in mind, PackagingInsights spoke with industry experts to find out what makes or breaks Valentine’s Day seasonal packaging.

The UK must “take back control” of its share of the global plastics problem, says report

13 Feb 2019 --- If the UK wants to be a global environmental leader, it can no longer afford to “sweep its plastic waste issues under other countries’ carpets,” according to The Plastics Packaging Plan, a new report from UK think tank Policy Connect. The report comprises insights from prominent names in research, innovation, politics and industry with support from UK Research and Innovation, and calls for a bold national policy framework to help reduce ocean plastic overseas and boost domestic infrastructure investment and green jobs.

Purdue University technology “can transform the world’s polyolefin waste” into oil or fuels

12 Feb 2019 --- A new chemical conversion process developed at Purdue University, Indiana, US, could transform the world’s polyolefin waste – a form of plastic – into useful products, such as clean fuels, pure polymers and naphtha. The researchers believe that the technology could boost recycling profits while shrinking the world’s plastic waste stock. The conversion process incorporates selective extraction and hydrothermal liquefaction. Once the plastic is converted into naphtha, it can be used as a feedstock for other chemicals or further separated into specialty solvents.

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.

2,000 cookies a minute: Robotics drive automation to unseen levels of efficiency

11 Feb 2019 --- Advances in robotics are facilitating ever-increasing speed and efficiency in packaging automation. Robots are able to perform menial, repetitive functions with far higher productivity than humans, allowing personnel to focus on higher value tasks. As the global population and levels of consumption continue to rise, robotics will be an increasingly significant factor in meeting the growing demand for packaged goods.

Label the future: UPM Raflatac’s smart solution bridges brand-consumer gap as e-commerce continues rise

08 Feb 2019 --- Self-adhesive label specialists UPM Raflatac has successfully completed the first pilot of its new smart label solution, RafMore for e-commerce. RafMore labels use Internet of Packaging (IoP) technology to log and share information about packages, adding transparency and reducing inefficiencies and waste during the delivery process.

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.

Help from afar: BOBST launches “industry first” augmented reality customer assistance service

05 Feb 2019 --- Packaging equipment and services supplier BOBST has launched Helpline Plus AR in what the company says is the first ever remote assistance service in the packaging industry to incorporate a smart headset with augmented reality (AR) glasses. Customers requiring technical assistance can wear the smart headset and connect with experts who can simultaneously see what the user sees and offer advice and support in real time.

Weekly roundup: M&S launches novel UK initiative to deal with unrecyclable plastic, Braskem recognized for responsible management of greenhouse gas emissions

01 Feb 2019 --- In packaging news this week, UK customers can now drop a variety of non-recyclable plastic packaging in M&S’s new recycling bins to be made into store fittings and playground equipment. Asahi Photoproducts, a supplier of flexographic photopolymer plate development, has added Spanish firm INNOVA to its global family of distributors, and Sutherland Packaging has expanded its digital print capabilities by incorporating an HP Scitex 15500 Digital Corrugated Press. Lastly, Braskem’s management and investments for the sustainable development of its operations have been recognized by the Carbon Disclosure Program (CDP).

Poor labeling on food packaging leads to “accidental purchases,” while eating out is “big problem,” survey finds

01 Feb 2019 --- A US study shows that 33 percent of Americans have accidentally bought food that does not align with their dietary requirements and do so on a weekly basis – and they blame poor labeling. Just over three-quarters (76 percent) have unintentionally consumed food restricted from their diet with the main reason being that they were served the wrong food by waiting service while eating out. And 37 percent of respondents listed poor food labeling as the second most common reason for purchasing incorrect products.

“Leading the way”: EU moves to ban microbeads from use across industries

31 Jan 2019 --- The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has proposed that the EU use its stringent chemical laws to stop most microplastics and microbeads being added to cosmetics, paints, detergents and some farm and medical products. The draft law was proposed today, and if adopted, the restriction could result in a reduction in emissions of microplastics of about 400 thousand tonnes over 20 years. The move follows the ban by several EU states of microplastics, which was far narrower and only included cosmetics and personal care products.

Low alcohol beverages offer opportunities to paper-based packaging suppliers: Smurfit Kappa

31 Jan 2019 --- Saxon Packaging (which is owned by Smurfit Kappa, one of the world's largest manufacturers of paper-based packaging products), has revealed a 61 percent increase (compared to 2017) in demand for packaging solutions for low and non-alcoholic beverages from its customers. Additionally, the company notes a staggering 377 percent increase (compared to 2017) in the quantity of drinks packaging manufactured for use in the low and non-alcoholic beverage market. Saxon Packaging believes the rise of Generation Z (16-25-year-old) consumers is a driving factor behind this type of behavior.