From bottles with pump dispensers for thicker lotions to bottles with practical push-down disc dispensers for thinner cosmetic products like nail polish remover, the design experts at DesPro have the perfect, attractively shaped, sustainable packaging solution to offer for cosmetic products. These solutions perform particularly well when it comes to sustainability, as the pump systems can be reused. This means that consumers can buy one bottle with a pump dispenser, after which they will only need to buy a sealed bottle with the original product and screw on the pump cap. This saves plastic and ensures a sustainable shift in consumer awareness.
Ideal wall thickness distribution thanks to extrusion blow molding
Extrusion blow molding is the top technology for producing bottles of this type for cosmetic products. And it is the ideal method for controlling the wall thickness distribution, with a perfect wall thickness on the base or shoulder giving the bottle the necessary stability. The bottle bodies can be produced with particularly thin walls – in the case of K3® packaging solutions, made from a combination of plastic and cardboard, a cardboard wrap lends additional sturdiness and stability. However, the cosmetic bottles can also be produced using injection stretch blow molding.
K3®: a solution for various forms of packaging
The only restriction on the freedom to create different bottle shape designs is the extent to which the cardboard allows for deformation. And there are plenty of creative shapes that can be developed. It is possible to take full advantage of K3®’s main benefits in the cosmetics sector, too, as the cardboard wrap is easy to detach using a tear-off strip and dispose of separately. In conjunction with the option to reuse the pump dispensers multiple times, this idea from DesPro represents an extremely sustainable solution for cosmetic products. All of this is also supported by the tactile qualities of the cardboard, which provides a natural hand feel and adds a certain sense of serenity to the consumer’s bathroom.
A thing of beauty in every sense
Even the remaining section of the bottle that is not wrapped in cardboard can be provided with attractive surface structures and recesses to deliver an additional haptic effect while further enhancing the value of cosmetic packaging solutions. In addition to products for cosmetic purposes only, K3® packaging can also be used to help detergents, household cleaning products, and many other nonfood and food products attract attention at the point of sale and ensure sustainability. There are hardly any limits to the imagination.
After four years of development, the recyclable tubes will be available later this year in two of Unilever’s biggest oral care markets: France and India. First launching in France with the company’s leading oral care brand Signal, the new tubes will be rolled out across its biggest range, Integral 8, which represents over a third (35%) of Unilever’s toothpaste portfolio in the country.
Traditionally, most toothpaste tubes are made from a combination of plastic and aluminium, which gives the packaging its flexibility but also makes it difficult to recycle. Instead of aluminium, the new tubes will use a material made mostly of High-Density Polyethylene (HDPE), which is one of the most widely recyclable plastics globally. It will also be the thinnest plastic material available on the toothpaste market at 220-microns, which will reduce the amount of plastic needed for each tube. To encourage wider industry change, the innovation will be made available for other companies to adopt.
The design has been approved by RecyClass, which sets the recyclability standard for Europe, as well as laboratories in Asia and North America. Meeting these rigorous requirements mean the new tubes can be recycled within standard HDPE recycling streams.
Unilever’s oral care brands partnered with multiple global packaging manufacturers including EPL (formerly Essel Propack), Amcor, Huhtamaki and Dai Nippon Indonesia (DNPI). In addition, formulation and flavour experts at Unilever were essential throughout the testing process to ensure the new tubes continued to protect the quality and taste of the product.
Babu Cherian, R&D Oral Care Packaging Director at Unilever said: “Recyclable tubes mark a key milestone in our packaging journey and, more significantly, they have the potential to transform the whole oral care industry. Together with our manufacturing partners, we’re making the new design available to any producers interested in adopting the new material, with the ambition to accelerate industry change.”
To drive further change across the waste management industry, Unilever is working with global recycling organisations to help ensure that the new tubes are collected and recycled. This will be the case in France, where consumers can put the new tubes in their home recycling bin ready to be collected and turned into new products.
This is only the start of Unilever’s oral care journey. Brands including Signal also plan to introduce more PCR (post-consumer recycled) plastic into their recyclable tubes by 2022 in France and other European markets. This will significantly reduce the use of virgin plastic and support the move towards a circular economy.
More broadly, the innovation contributes to Unilever’s commitment to ensure that 100% of its plastic packaging is designed to be reusable, recyclable or compostable, and its ambition to help collect and process more plastic packaging that it sells.
People with disabilities are the largest minority group in the world. In the United States alone, one in four people have a disability, yet beauty and personal care products often overlook their challenges and needs. As the world’s no.1 antiperspirant and deodorant brand, Degree is taking action to change this. Degree – also sold as Rexona, Sure and Shield in different countries – believes movement has the power to transform lives and that everyone should be able to experience the incredible physical, mental and social benefits it can bring, whoever you are and however you move.
Limited sight or arm mobility can make twisting a deodorant cap, turning a stick or pressing a spray a challenge, and sometimes fear of sweating without antiperspirant protection can prevent people with disabilities from moving as much as they would like to. That’s why Degree has worked with a diverse team of experts to put the specific needs of consumers with disabilities at the forefront of a new concept: Degree Inclusive, the world’s first adaptive deodorant.
Features that put accessibility first
Degree Inclusive’s hooked container is designed for one-handed usage. Enhanced grip placement and magnetic ‘click’ closures make it easier for users with limited grip or sight to remove and replace the cap. A larger roll-on applicator means the product reaches a greater surface area per swipe. The label also includes instructions in braille.
Plastic food packaging adds to this issue; however, it also plays an important role in food quality, safety and reducing food waste. However, this isn’t an either/or proposition – we must ensure that our packaging contributes to the circular economy. Already, Kellogg has one of the smallest plastic packaging footprints among peer food companies2 and 76% of our packaging is recyclable globally. Most of our other packaging uses either recycled-content paperboard cartons or corrugate cardboard. We also use composite cans, and for our bars and convenience foods, we use flexible plastic packaging. We are aggressively driving cutting-edge innovation, looking at how packaging can protect and enhance our foods and have an even smaller environmental impact.
“We’re incredibly motivated to be part of the solution,” said Nigel Hughes, DPhil., senior vice president, research quality, nutrition and technology. “We’re wasting no time in working toward our goal of using 100% reusable, recyclable or compostable packaging by the end of 2025. This goal aligns to the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s (EMF) New Plastics Economy Global Commitment, which we were among just a handful of food companies to sign on to in 2018.”
Achieving our sustainable packaging goal is part of our global Kellogg’s Better Days® commitment to create Better Days for 3 billion people around the world by 2030 by addressing the interrelated issues of wellbeing, food security and climate resiliency. It also supports United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal #12 – Sustainable Production and Consumption – including #12.5, to “substantially reduce waste generation through prevention, reduction, recycling and reuse.”
When our founder Mr. Kellogg introduced the first box of Kellogg’s Corn Flakes® cereal in 1906, it came in boxes made from recycled content. Today, 100% of our timber-based packaging that goes into cereal and other boxes comes from low risk, certified-sustainable or recycled sources. And we’re speeding up our efforts to achieve our packaging goal. Around the world, we’re committed to following the principles of the circular economy, excluding, reducing and replacing plastic, as well as building external partnerships to ensure more plastic can be recycled after use. Below are a few examples on how we are progressing against our commitment. More information about our efforts are provided in our Sustainable Packaging Annual Milestones.
In 2018, we implemented a “greening” of our facilities, transitioning to compostable and paper foodservice products in all our plants and offices globally … no more plastic and no more single-use foam. In our U.S. operations in Illinois and Michigan alone, we diverted 2 million pieces of silverware, 105,000 straws and 110,000 bottles from landfill every year. We also eliminated single-use plastic spoons that were part of certain packages.
In the U.S., we’re reducing the thickness in some of our bag-in-box retail cereal packages by 17% to reduce our plastic packaging by 97,000 kilograms, or the equivalent of nearly 35, 30-gallon barrels of uncrushed plastic bottles each year3. This project will enable us to eliminate the equivalent amount of packaging it takes to produce 9 million bag-in-box liners, annually. We also recently decreased the size of cereal boxes, while maintaining the same amount of food in each box. As a result, we reduced the size of the corrugated shipping cartons that hold these packages, eliminating up to 1 million pounds of packaging material.
We also currently have some instances where we bulk ship cereal in reusable bins from the production facility to the final destination, where it is packed into pouches or bag-in-box packages. This happens with our granolas and cereals in multiple regions. In Africa, India, China and Australia, we’ve significantly reduced packaging using this approach.
Today, 76% of our packaging is recyclable. In 2020, Kellogg launched Bear Naked®’s first fully recyclable pouch for granolas in the U.S., making it available for store drop-off at more than 18,000 stores nationwide. In Europe, Kellogg launched a project to move cereal pouches to a recycle-ready material by late 2019, which should remove 480 tonnes of non-recyclable packaging from the supply chain each year. In Mexico, we are piloting a project to replace PET packaging with material that can more easily be crushed into pellets and recycled.
We’ve had similar success in the U.S. redesigning packaging in our MorningStar Farms® veggie foods by moving to resealable bags. We reduced packaging weight by 38%. As an added benefit, the bags help fight freezer burn, which reduces food waste.
Across Europe, we are driving innovation by testing and learning different redesign approaches. In the U.K. and France, we’re testing refillable cereal stations that eliminate packaging with each repurchase. In Italy, we’re testing new Pringles® cans to determine how to best increase the recyclability of this global snack.
As we continue to exclude, reduce and redesign, we’re also encouraging more recycling and partnering on new technologies. For example:
- We’re one of 40-leading companies in The Recycling Partnership that invests in community programs and more broad solutions to increase recycling across the U.S. As a member of its Film and Flexibles Taskforce, we’re working across industries to define, pilot and scale recycling solutions for plastic film, bags and pouches.
- In the U.K., Pringles® launched a partnership with TerraCycle to collect and recycle its cans. And in Malaysia, our local waste collector converts rejected Pringles® cans into corrugated paper.
- In Australia, we include the Redcycle logo on our cereal bags. At the Redcycle website, people can easily find the location of their nearest drop-off location. In 2018, 7.7 tonnes of our packaging made it into Redcycle collection bins. A similar effort is underway in the U.S., where we include the How2Recycle label on most of our packages today and are working toward having it on all packages.
- Kellogg India is piloting an innovative project with waste management company Nepra Environmental Solutions in Pune, Maharashtra. Together, we’re developing a system to collect and dispose of multilayer plastic (MLP) waste. Nepra purchases MLP from the local waste-sorting workers and turns it into fuel for cement kilns.
More than 110 years after the very first box of Kellogg’s® cereal included recycled content, using sustainable packaging remains part of our DNA.
“While we don’t have all the solutions, we’re hard at work testing and learning out loud,” Nigel said. “This means researching, collaborating with partners, and piloting new approaches to keeping our foods safe and fresh while also protecting the planet.”
Working alongside two partners – carbon recycling company LanzaTech and India Glycols, a manufacturer of green technology-based chemicals – Unilevr has produced a surfactant made from carbon emissions.
Surfactants are a key ingredient for creating the foam and cleaning action of many household cleaning and laundry products. They are typically derived from fossil fuels, but this new process means we can now make them using recycled carbon.
There are three stages to the process. LanzaTech first captures the industrial emissions at a steel mill in Beijing and converts the waste gases into ethanol. India Glycols then converts the ethanol into ethylene oxide, which is used to make a range of ingredients, including surfactants. We then use this surfactant in the manufacture of our new OMO (Persil) laundry capsules at our Hefei factory in China.
The process LanzaTech is using to create ethanol from captured carbon cuts the greenhouse gas emissions by 82% compared to the traditional fossil-fuel process.
The new limited-edition OMO capsules launched in China on 22 April – at no extra cost to consumers – marking the first time that a surfactant made using captured carbon emissions has come onto the market in a cleaning product.
“Advancements in technology like this means we can now reinvent the chemistry of our products,” says Peter ter Kulve, President of the Home Care division. “Instead of valuable carbon being released directly into the atmosphere, we can capture it and recycle it in our products in place of using fossil fuels.
“We want to make sustainability easy for everyone that uses our products. New innovations like this help move our iconic cleaning brands away from fossil fuels without compromising on performance or affordability. We’re excited by the potential that this breakthrough represents for future innovations across our portfolio and our industry.”
Innovia Films is launching a new film in its Propafilm™ range of transparent speciality packaging films. CHS offers improved thermal resistance and shrinkage properties compared to conventional polypropylene films. It has been designed to substitute traditional outer web films in laminates for applications such as pouches and lidding in various food markets.
Shareholder advocacy firm As You Sow submitted a proposal requesting shareholders vote to have Amazon issue a report on packaging materials, citing the ocean plastics crisis that fatally impacting marine species and damages marine ecosystems.
“Amazon does not disclose how much plastic packaging it uses but is believed to be one of the largest corporate users of flexible plastic packaging, which cannot be recycled,” according to the proposal.
As You So alleged that Amazon has no goal to make all of its packaging recyclable and said up to 22 million pounds of its plastic packaging waste entered the world’s marine ecosystems last year.
“Shareholders request that the board of directors issue a report by December 2021 on plastic packaging, estimating the amount of plastics released to the environment due to plastic packaging attributable to all Amazon operations, and beginning with the manufacture of the plastic source materials, through disposal or recycling, and describing any company strategies or goals to reduce the use of plastic packaging to reduce these impacts.”
Amazon countered by noting its initiatives and its founding membership in The Climate Pledge, as well as its commitment that 50% of all Amazon shipments will be net-zero carbon by 2030, and renewable energy programs that “have put us on a path to powering our operations with 100% renewable energy by 2025.”
“We recognize the importance of reducing plastic waste by promoting reusable and recyclable packaging. As described in more detail below, including with respect to our goals, we have made progress in four primary areas in our efforts to reduce our use of plastics:
(1) plastics in packaging for products manufactured by other companies that we sell to our customers (where we can make the biggest impact),
(2) plastics in packaging to the extent we repackage a product for delivery,
(3) plastics in Amazon devices and our private label products, and
(4) plastics in physical stores, primarily Whole Foods Market and its use of plastic shopping bags and plastic straws.”
Amazon said it has a goal of having the packaging for Amazon devices be plastic-free and made up of entirely curbside recyclable material by 2023. “We will continue to share our efforts and progress to our shareholders and the public,” and the Board recommended that shareholders vote against the proposal.
The chicken chain said the new look is a "more modern take" on the KFC's signature red and white colors. Colonel Sanders' head will still adorn the buckets, sandwich wrappers and cups, but the refreshed designs will more closely imitate its original signature bucket.
KFC said it's adding reheating instructions, a brief blurb about the history of its fried chicken and is bringing back the "It's Finger Lickin' Good" slogan to its buckets. The phrase briefly disappeared last year because of the pandemic.
The addition the reheating instructions is likely the result of customers buying more fast food to have for leftovers so they could limit their exposure to Covid-19. That behavior has largely remained the same throughout the pandemic, Yum Brands (YUM) said in its most recent earnings call.
The packaging is also becoming slightly more environmentally friendly. KFC said it worked with Sustainable Forestry Initiative and Forest Stewardship Council to develop approved paperboard that can be recycled.
It's the newest announcement from KFC. Last year, it rolled out a new restaurant design and this year it has added new menu items, like a flagship chicken sandwich that has performed well.
In recent months, Burger King and McDonald's also released new and more modern packaging to keep customers engaged.
AV Print Inspector offers whole-label inspection, including image matching, code reading and color detection, at speeds up to 75 meters/minute.
Travagliato, Italy – Antares Vision, a leading global provider of intelligent track & trace, inspection and smart data management solutions for the life science, food & beverage, nutraceuticals and cosmetics sectors, has introduced a dedicated high-resolution vision system providing comprehensive inline layout inspection for webs and labels.
Scholle IPN has been on a mission to develop flexible packaging solutions for water—we understand the critical need to find a safe way to distribute water and the challenges inherent in packages designed to hold water. In 2018, we debuted 2Pure™, a polyethylene-based film that offers a taint- and odor-free water package that also cuts down on material costs and environmental waste.
Primo decided to partner with Scholle IPN for their brand’s latest project: the Good to Go bag-in-box water package. “[The] Primo Good to Go water in a box product … provides consumers with active lifestyles the convenience of pure, healthy water on the go while also reducing the amount of plastic they use,” says Fogg. “Customers are concerned about the environmental impact of single-serve water bottles, and Primo Good to Go gives them a convenient alternative that uses 84.3% less plastic than an average case pack of bottled water.”
Water is one of the single-most important things we need to sustain life, and we’ve seen repeated instances where access to safe drinking water has been threatened or cut off—think of the Texas snowstorm in February 2021 that left hundreds of thousands of people with clean water and still persists today or the Flint Water Crisis where a whole community lacked safe drinking water for almost five years. Conventional water reservoirs that supply taps in our homes are easily contaminated and cannot promise to provide safe drinking water, particularly during moments of crisis.
Bag-in-box water solutions provide access to safe water in a way that is speedy and environmentally conscious. A full trailer of 5-gallon water coolers—the kind you often see in offices—can hold 2,680 bottles. A full trailer of 20L bags can hold 100,000 bags and produce 36% less greenhouse gas emissions than plastic bottles.
The folks at Primo are always looking towards innovative solutions that encourage consumers to adopt healthier and sustainable habits. “At Primo, our combined retail brand and product portfolio already provides us with a value proposition that sets us apart from our competitors in the marketplace. With Primo Good to Go, we further differentiate ourselves by adding an innovative alternative to single-serve water bottles,” Fogg says. “We built the Primo brand by encouraging responsibility for healthier lives and a healthier world, and Primo Good to Go enables us to further drive that commitment by providing consumers with pure water in an environmentally friendly package that fits into their lifestyles—no matter where they may be.”
Primo’s Good to Go bags are available in select HEB and Walmart locations as they begin distribution nationally. Each bag is equipped with our patented 2Pure film technology and our ergonomic FlexTap, which work together to promise consumers shelf-stable water that tastes clean and fresh—all while protecting the environment.
Better for You. Better for the Environment.
Even if a product is recyclable, it doesn’t matter if it ends up in a landfill. Plastic bottles might seem like a sustainable packaging solution, but with seven out of ten bottles ending up as waste, it’s imperative we utilize better packaging options.
Primo is dedicated to safety and takes their mission seriously, going beyond what’s in your water, and their partnership with Scholle IPN to reduce plastic waste demonstrates their commitment to sustainability. By using our 2Pure film and Flextap for bag-in-box, we were able to help Primo:
- Tangibly reduce the amount of plastic that ends up in landfills and oceans
- Provide fresh, clean water to its customers that is taint- and odor-free
- Reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 36%
- Cut back on post-consumer waste by 66%
- Create new systems for getting water quickly safely to communities in need
There are few things more important than access to safe drinking water. Primo takes the responsibility of ensuring access to water seriously—and builds on that commitment by working with Scholle IPN to design a solution that is also environmentally sustainable. Bag-in-box packaging can yield myriad shipping, environmental, and source reduction solutions, and we’re ready to help you find the best solution for your business—be it in an industrial, institutional, or retail setting.