Paper & Paperboard

“Design for the future”: CPI and WRAP launch UK guidelines for paper-based packaging

18 Feb 2019 --- The Confederation of Paper Industries (CPI), in conjunction with the Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP) have launched new recycling guidelines that will help retailers and brands specify and design packaging that can be reprocessed effectively in paper mills. The guidelines were developed following consultations on packaging supply chains and intend to give clarity about what the UK Paper Industry considers recyclable. The guidelines also seek to optimize both the quality and quantity of materials being recycled at paper mills and help create an impetus for future technological development in paper packaging.

The final straw? SIG and Huhtamaki launch paper straws as single-use plastic bans take effect

14 Feb 2019 --- Two major packaging suppliers are responding to growing demand for plastic-free straws. Beverage carton supplier SIG has launched an FSC-certified paper alternative which can be recycled via existing paper recycling streams. It is made from three layers of paperboard and two layers of adhesive. Food packaging supplier Huhtamaki’s PEFC-certified paper straws, meanwhile, are made of fiber sourced from sustainably managed forests.

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.

Tetra Pak to launch industry-first full-color digital printing in 2020

18 Jan 2019 --- Tetra Pak will become the first company in the food and beverage carton industry to offer full-color digital printing on its carton packages, working in collaboration with Koenig & Bauer, a global leader in the field. The investment in digital on-package printing will offer new possibilities for beverage brands to customize products and differentiate branding.

Südpack’s Ecocraft Skin pack receives print design boost as rollout approaches

11 Jan 2019 --- Plastic film specialists Südpack will begin the commercial rollout of its easy-to-recycle Ecocraft Skin packaging this year. Ecocraft Skin is aimed at helping meat, fresh fish and cheese products attract attention in the refrigerated and frozen food sections with its paper-like look. The pack is designed to improve sustainability levels while, significantly, it does not require food manufacturers to invest in new thermoforming machines.

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.

Sealed Air sustainability exec: “Being ‘recyclable’ isn't a silver bullet for e-commerce design”

07 Jan 2019 --- As expectations from consumers and customers become ever-more stringent around how their e-commerce parcels are delivered – sustainably and safely – Sealed Air has been at the forefront of innovation. Speaking to Dan Healey, Director of Sustainability for Sealed Air’s Product Care division, PackagingInsights explores how the company has developed its e-commerce packaging offerings and how being “recyclable” alone is far from being a silver bullet for sustainable e-commerce design.

Plastic vs paper debate builds momentum as Swedish research ranks paper-based packs most eco-friendly

03 Jan 2019 --- Switching material from plastic to paperboard can reduce the climate impact of packaging by 99 percent in some instances, according to a recent study conducted by IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute for Iggesund Paperboard (Iggesund). The study investigated some of the most common packaging types, including plastic packs, and found that in every comparison, paper generated the most environmentally beneficial performance.

a2 Milk ditches plastic bottles for cartons in UK fresh dairy first

10 Dec 2018 --- The a2 Milk Company has launched its fresh milk brand in 1 liter Pure-Pak cartons in the UK, as part of a new processing deal with Elopak customer Crediton Dairy. The UK fresh milk market has been dominated by plastic packaging with millions of bottles disposed of daily, but now the industry is seeing a high-rate of suppliers switching to carton packaging, notes Tim Smiddy, Managing Director of Crediton Dairy.

Feeling festive? Beer advent calendar delivers 10 percent saving in material cost on previous design

06 Dec 2018 --- Saxon Packaging, owned by Smurfit Kappa, has unveiled a novel advent calendar geared towards the adult consumer, suitable for containing 25 bottles of beer. The advent calendar is flexo printed and offered by the Beer Box Shop. The updated design delivers a 10 percent material reduction on previous Beer Box Shop beer advent calendars.

E-commerce efficiency: DS Smith joins Amazon Packaging Support and Supplier Network

05 Dec 2018 --- DS Smith has joined the Amazon Packaging Support and Supplier Network (APASS) – a customer experience optimization program designed to ensure e-commerce packaging is more sustainable and durable. The supplier will offer testing services at its purpose-built and independent laboratory in Hinckley, UK, allowing e-retailers to guarantee that their packaging adheres to APASS requirements before next year’s deadline.

Scholle IPN gears up for nitro cold coffee trend with range of aseptic packaging solutions

30 Nov 2018 --- Bag-in-box and pouch packaging supplier Scholle IPN is adapting and evolving its aseptic packaging solutions for the growing nitro cold brew coffee trend. Nitro coffee was originally offered in kegs and is now transitioning to bag-in-box. With solutions like the 1900 Cap Bag-in-Box Package, Scholle IPN is well-positioned to offer customers from major coffee producers to small coffee shops a range of nitro cold brew products, including specialized connectors, bags with the correct fitment, or filling equipment for those bags.

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.

Smurfit Kappa’s honeycomb-structured TOPPSafe adds sustainability boost to palletized products

26 Nov 2018 --- Smurfit Kappa has developed the 100 percent paper-based TOPPsafe – a more sustainable alternative to the heavy wooden, chipboard and plastic boards that are used to protect palletized products during transport and storage. TOPPSafe is crafted from Hexacomb material which is lightweight and strong due to its honeycomb structure.

Bleak Black Friday: DS Smith study highlights inadequacy of e-commerce packaging

23 Nov 2018 --- Approximately US$831 million worth of damaged goods will be delivered this Black Friday due to inadequate packaging, according to estimations made by DS Smith. That equates to almost 1 in every 10 products purchased. New research conducted by the supplier reveals that 75 percent of online shoppers have received a damaged product in the last 12 months, with a third of affected products damaged to the extent that they cannot be used. PackagingInsights speaks to Greg Dawson, Director of Corporate Affairs at DS Smith, about the issue and how the supplier’s e-commerce testing hub – DISCS – is seeking to improve pack durability.

“Game-changing” Tetra Pak-Veolia partnership to ensure entire carton has recycling value

21 Nov 2018 --- Tetra Pak has secured a significant sustainability boost by partnering with recycling specialists Veolia to ensure that all material components of its cartons have end-use recycling value. While the paperboard component can already be converted into cartons and paper towels, Veolia’s systems will also enable the polymer and aluminum (PolyAl) mix to be converted into industrial applications such as oil canisters and pots (HDPE) as well as crates and plastic pallets (PE Alu). In essence, this means the overall value of used Tetra Pak beverage cartons is expected to double, making the value chain for collection and recycling more efficient and viable.

Boxed bag systems to feature in ALL4Pack Paris DS Smith Plastics booth

16 Nov 2018 ---  An array of boxed bag systems will feature at the DS Smith Plastics Europe booth at All4Pack in Paris, from the 26-29 November. Boxed Bags have proven popular as they can offer a long shelf life to products while keeping liquids safe and preserving taste, the company describes. They also provide sustainability benefits as they can be flattened after use, therefore saving space in transportation.

P&G’s Eco-Box: Increased e-commerce convenience, decreased environmental impact

15 Nov 2018 --- Proctor & Gamble (P&G) is set to launch a new fully recyclable e-commerce liquid laundry detergent pack on the US market in January 2019, which will be available through all major e-retailers. The compact and light Tide Eco-Box is a bag-in-box design which contains 60 percent less plastic compared to the current 150 oz Tide press-tap. Significantly, the Tide Eco-Box does not require any secondary packaging or bubble wrap, enhancing its credentials further as an eco-conscious e-commerce solution.

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