• Mondi joins 4evergreen alliance promoting circularity for fibre-based packaging

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    The aim of the alliance is to increase the share of fibre-based packaging in a circular and sustainable economy in order to minimise its environmental impact.

    The 4evergreen alliance is a three-year long project and will begin in January 2020 bringing together companies and organisations across the value chain.

    It is the first time an alliance on this scale will connect members across the entire value-chain in order to gain deeper insights into sustainable sourcing, material design, converting, recycling, re-use and waste management for fibre-based packaging. Mondi will collaborate and share expertise to gain insights on improving design and materials as well as packaging use, disposal, recycling and recovery of fibre-based solutions in order to better advise and meet the needs of its customers.

    Mondi prides itself on playing an active role in driving sustainable packaging solutions and already works closely with a number of stakeholders including the WWF, the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) Forest Solutions Group, as well as the Ellen MacArthur Foundation's New Plastics Economy initiative.

    “Gaining better insights on the material choices being made by customers and helping them to understand the trade-offs is taking on new importance in order to provide customers with solutions that are indeed sustainable by design,” said Gladys Naylor, Mondi Group Head of Sustainable Development.

     

  • Webinar on Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) in Packaging

    All segments of the supply chain can take advantage of wireless (sensor) technology. Retailers in general merchandise, grocery, apparel and other categories are now piloting RFID programs and reporting improved sales from greater stock availability, cost savings and increased responsiveness, especially in receiving and inventory control operations. Current RFID tags are based on chips containing a memory that can be wirelessly read out to uniquely identify products.

  • Needle Trap: Cost-effective user protection

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    Schreiner MediPharm has developed Needle-Trap as a cost-effective alternative for pre-filled syringes, which helps protect healthcare professionals from needlestick injuries. It combines the requisite safety in field use with major benefits in terms of economy, flexibility and process reliability for the pharmaceutical manufacturer.

    Benefit:

    - User protection in healthcare practice

    - Easy operation, system is intuitively activated

    - Significant cost savings due to simple design compared with conventional needle protection systems

    - Demonstrated processability on conventional labeling systems, easy integration into existing processes, typically requires no adjustment of secondary packaging

    - Customized label design available (e.g. integration of detachable documentation labels, graduation, security features)

    - FDA 510(k) Premarket Notification

  • Ishida sponsors ‘Food Packaging Versus Food Waste’ research

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    Food Packaging Versus Food Waste – Moving Towards a Circular Economy was sponsored by Ishida Europe and Aston Business School.

    Six food packaging megatrends are identified and discussed in the white paper: initiatives for plastic reduction; sustainable food packaging; food packaging and labelling regulations; consumer trends; in-novative food packaging technologies and packaging 4.0; and the cost of modern food packaging.

    The report highlights the key findings and challenges in each of these trends, emphasising the com-plexity in many of the issues raised.

    For example, in the drive to reduce plastic packaging, it is essential to ensure that potential alternative packaging materials do not impact on food waste.

    Similarly, while new flexible packaging can help to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of food packaging, associated machinery will need to be fully compatible with the new materials to ensure seal integrity.

    Among the solutions put forward in the White Paper, the need for a collaborative approach – between all stakeholders and also governments and consumers – is emphasised, as well as increased consumer education and engagement.

    Ross Townshend, Ishida Europe’s Business Unit Manager EMEA – Advanced Services and Data, said: “Effectively tackling food waste is essential if we are to achieve the ‘greener’ world that everyone is seeking. Equally important, understanding how we can best tackle these challenges will have a signifi-cant bearing on our own work in the design and development of the most efficient packing line equipment and integrated solutions.”

  • Embrapa Food Technology - Innovative Packaging for Fruits

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    The two-part container is rigid, but it’s also closable over a PET-type plastic where the fruits are packaged. It maintains fruit quality longer to significantly reduce post-harvest losses to below 5% and decreases energy use in the lower cold chain of the supply chain.

  • Foaming (Beauty Care - ALPLA)

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    This innovation has won multiple awards. In November 2014, ALPLA won the special prize from ARA (Altstoff Recycling Austria AG) as part of the Austrian ‘Smart Packaging’ state prize. In 2015, ALPLA received the PackTheFuture award in the environmental design category, and then at the beginning of 2016, it received the prestigious WorldStar award in the Health and Beauty category from the World Packaging Organisation.

    Technology: Extrusion Blow Moulding (EBM) with special blowing equipment and gas injection system from MuCell

  • Tetra Pak becomes the first company in the food and beverage industry to offer packaging made with fully traceable plant-based polymers​

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    “We’ve seen a growing trend of consumers wanting to do more for the planet, and they look to brands to help. Today 91% of consumers look for environmental logos when shopping, and Bonsucro Chain of Custody Certification can be used to communicate credible information to consumers, thereby helping our customers differentiate their products,” said Mario Abreu, VP Sustainability, Tetra Pak. “Our plant-based polymers are fully traceable to their sugarcane origin. We see plant-based materials as playing a key role in achieving a low-carbon circular economy. In the future all polymers we use will either be made from plant-based materials or from post-consumption recycled food grades.”

    The announcement forms part of Tetra Pak’s recently launched Planet Positive initiative, which urges industry stakeholders to take a broader view of sustainability, evolving the concept of circular economy to a low-carbon circular economy, where we go beyond recycling and reuse to include the carbon impact of raw materials and manufacturing. The use of plant-based materials such as paper and polymers, significantly reduces greenhouse gas emissions, supporting economic growth that is decoupled from fossil, finite sources. The plant-based polymers used in some Tetra Pak cartons, like their closures, are produced from sugarcane. Plant-based polymer supplier Braskem has now reached 100% Bonsucro certified volumes of sugarcane derived bioethanol for Tetra Pak’s plant-based solutions, establishing full supply chain transparency.

    Gustavo Sergi, Renewable Business Unit Leader at Braskem, said “We have been working with Tetra Pak for more than 10 years, and Bonsucro Chain of Custody reinforces the Responsible Ethanol Sourcing Program from Braskem with the assurance and traceability of the entire sugarcane value chain, all the way back to the growers and mills.”

    Danielle Morley, CEO, Bonsucro said “Bonsucro provides a global platform for collective action to accelerate sustainability in the production and processing of sugarcane. Working with Tetra Pak to achieve third-party certification and product labelling of their sugarcane-derived packaging is a milestone. Customers can be assured that our rigorous sustainability standard has been met. We are very excited to continue to support responsible sourcing at Tetra Pak and for the contribution that certified sustainable sugarcane can make to plant-based packaging.”

    Tetra Pak remains committed to sustainable sourcing and forging closer ties with organisations that drive this type of positive change, such as the Forest Stewardship Council™ (FSC™). Since 2007 Tetra Pak has delivered more than 500 billion FSC labelled packages, proof of the company’s continuous and long-standing commitment to responsible sourcing.

    Driving environmental excellence is one of Tetra Pak’s strategic priorities, not just within its own operations, but across the whole value chain. The company is committed to developing a package that contributes to a low-carbon circular economy – that is a package made entirely from plant-based or recycled materials, fully recyclable, without ever compromising on food safety. The Bonsucro certified labels will be available to place on packaging from Q1 2020.​

  • Nesquik launches All Natural cocoa powder in recyclable paper packaging

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    Nestlé is launching the new Nesquik All Natural in five European markets in the coming weeks: France, Germany, Italy, Portugal and Spain. It will sit alongside the existing Nesquik range, and will be rolled out to other European countries in the near future.

    The Nesquik All Natural features simplified list of just five natural ingredients. It has more cocoa and therefore a richer cocoa taste than existing Nesquik products. Nesquik All Natural also has less sugar than the current classic product, and uses raw cane sugar instead of processed white sugar. The cocoa is responsibly sourced from West Africa under the Nestlé Cocoa Plan.

    Michelle Alvarillo, Head of Cocoa and Malt Beverages at Nestlé, said: “We’re proud to be able to launch Nesquik All Natural as a new addition to the range, providing parents with an all-natural option with a simplified ingredients list, more cocoa and less sugar in a recyclable paper packaging. This is part of our commitment at Nestlé to offer more natural, sustainable and nutritious choices while maintaining the great taste that people know and love.”

    The new pouch is made of a coated paper that is recyclable in the paper stream. The paper is from sustainable sources, certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC). The pouches have been extensively tested to make sure they keep the Nesquik powder in perfect condition during transport and storage.

    The launch of the new Nesquik comes less than two months after Nestlé’s commitment to accelerate action to tackle plastic waste. It is one of the first products to put that pledge into action, moving from recyclable plastic to recyclable paper packaging.

    Yasser AbdulMalak, Head of the Dairy category for Europe, Middle East and North Africa, added: “The recyclable paper pouch is the first of its kind, one of our key initiatives towards providing more sustainable packaging across our product portfolio. Moving from plastic to paper is a big challenge, but an important step in designing the food packaging of the future. We have taken that step today to ensure we truly meet consumers’ demand for more natural and sustainable food.”

    The new Nesquik All Natural is produced in Nestlé’s factory in Szerencs, Hungary, one of the company’s foremost factories for powdered drinks.

    Plans are also well underway for further products in the Nesquik All Natural range across Europe, to be launched within the year. These include a zero sugar version.

  • Scholle IPN Acquires Flexible Packaging Equipment Company, Bossar

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    The new business combination will leverage the combined capabilities of both businesses to provide one stop shopping for vertically integrated, sustainable solutions for the global flexible packaging market.

    Ross Bushnell, President and CEO of Scholle IPN, said of the combination, "This is an important next step in our continued evolution toward becoming a truly indispensable provider of total packaging solutions to our customers around the world." Mr. Bushnell continued, "While the two companies have worked together for some time, the formal combination not only strengthens our global equipment footprint but it also allows for even stronger collaboration within our teams around the world. Our mission is to be Simply Flexible in all that we do and the combination of these two great businesses will enable that mantra as we achieve our goal of being a world leader in film, fitments, and equipment to the global liquid packaging market."

    Jeroen van der Meer, Managing Director of Scholle IPN in EMEA, and CEO of Bossar, stated, "The goal of Scholle IPN has always been to create lightweight, environmentally-conscious flexible packaging solutions for the circular economy. By combining Bossar and Scholle IPN, we are able to truly focus our development activity to provide leading edge technologies that enable us to manufacture a complete range of sustainable packaging solutions for our customers." Mr. van der Meer added that, "Already today, our products provide sustainable solutions through substantial reductions in packaging weight while extending shelf-life, reducing energy consumption and minimizing food waste."

    The company will retain the Bossar brand and will continue to utilize Bossar's operational headquarters in Barcelona, Spain, and their manufacturing facility in India. The combined business has operations across Europe, Russia, China, India, Australia, Brazil, Chile, Canada and the United States.

  • Eco friendly packaging shows its metal

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    The new aluminium bottles are sustainable, reusable and refillable which will help to counteract the current serious shortage of eco friendly cleaning products in green packaging. The products are hand made in house using real natural plant based ingredients, which are both locally sourced and organic where possible, as well as being vegan friendly and cruelty free. An attractive recycling scheme will also ensure value for money and responsible use of packaging.

    The aluminium bottles are the latest addition to Vetroplas’ range of packaging. Benefitting from excellent green credentials, this versatile range has been the subject of a great deal of interest from customers operating in various sectors.

    The bottles are available with both FEA15 crimp necks and various industry standard screw necks, offering very good barrier properties and protection from light and moisture. This makes them suitable for a variety of products, including perfume and skincare.

    Bottles can be offered with different shoulder profiles and in a wide choice of sizes from 50ml to 750ml. A high degree of personalisation is also possible though the use of up to date decoration techniques, such as full colouring, offset printing, foil stamping and embossing.

    Providing packaging that is both sustainable and aesthetically pleasing is increasingly important and, for our customers, the aluminium range ticks all the eco boxes whilst also offering a distinctive, modern and highly practical packaging solution.

    To find out more about these items and other packaging offered by Vetroplas, please call the sales team on 01603 305953 or e-mail info@vetroplas.com.

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