• Mondi Steinfeld certified as CO2 neutral for its manufacturing operations

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    Mondi Steinfeld in Germany has been certified as CO2 neutral for its manufacturing processes by ClimatePartner, an organisation which supports companies in reducing and offsetting their CO2 emissions. This certification was awarded as a result of Mondi Steinfeld switching to renewable energy and supporting certain climate projects in 2020.

    Once the total emissions of the plant were calculated in 2019, ClimatePartner helped the plant find further ways to reduce, and then offset, its emissions with climate projects and measures such as switching to hydropower.

    As part of this certification, the plant in Steinfeld combined carbon offsetting with participation in a number of carbon trust projects. These projects engage in local and international reforestation efforts to protect environmentally sensitive regions, such as Brazil and some parts of Europe. The next local project will focus on protecting an environmentally vulnerable moor close to Lichtenau in Germany through reforestation, to protect diverse ecosystems and habitats for a variety of wildlife.

    Being sustainable by design is Mondi’s purpose. Not only does this mean creating more sustainable products, but also making our production process more sustainable by optimising our processes and reducing our emissions. We are proud to achieve this carbon neutral status while also supporting Mondi’s 10 year sustainability action plan, MAP2030, to tackle global issues across the value chain, including taking action on climate.

    Werner Ferlings, Managing Director, Mondi Halle and Steinfeld

  • Carlsberg issues latest Green Fibre Bottle update

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    Made from sustainably sourced wood fibres, it is both 100% bio-based and fully recyclable. The Group also announced it has been joined by other leading global companies that are united in their vision to develop sustainable packaging through the advancement of paper bottle technology.

    These developments are a continuation of Carlsberg’s sustainable packaging innovation journey and a key part of its sustainability programme Together Towards ZERO, including its commitment to ZERO carbon emissions at its breweries and a 30% reduction in its full-value-chain carbon footprint by 2030.

    Two new prototypes:

    Carlsberg has unveiled two new research prototypes of the Green Fibre Bottle. Both are made from sustainably sourced wood fibres, fully recyclable and have an inner barrier to allow the bottles to contain beer. One prototype uses a thin recycled PET polymer film barrier, and the other a 100% bio-based PEF polymer film barrier. These prototypes will be used to test the barrier technology as Carlsberg seeks a solution to achieving its ultimate ambition of a 100% bio-based bottle without polymers.

    Myriam Shingleton, Vice President Group Development at Carlsberg Group, said: “We continue to innovate across all our packaging formats, and we are pleased with the progress we’ve made on the Green Fibre Bottle so far. While we are not completely there yet, the two prototypes are an important step towards realising our ultimate ambition of bringing this breakthrough to market. Innovation takes time and we will continue to collaborate with leading experts in order to overcome remaining technical challenges, just as we did with our plastic-reducing Snap Pack.”

    New partners on board:

    Carlsberg kicked off the project to develop a bottle made from sustainably sourced wood fibres, the Green Fibre Bottle, in 2015 alongside innovation experts EcoXpac, packaging company BillerudKorsnäs and post-doctoral researchers from the Technical University of Denmark, supported by Innovation Fund Denmark. The combined efforts have resulted in the emergence of Paboco®, the paper bottle company – a joint venture between BillerudKorsnäs and bottle manufacturing specialist ALPLA.

    Carlsberg will now be joined by The Coca-Cola Company, The Absolut Company and L’Oréal in a paper bottle community – launched today by Paboco®. The community unites leading global companies and experts with the vision of advancing sustainable packaging, offering high-quality products with reduced environmental impact.

    Myriam Shingleton continues: “The work with our partners since 2015 on the Green Fibre Bottle illustrates that this kind of innovation can happen when we work together. We’re delighted that other like-minded companies have now joined us as part of Paboco’s paper bottle community. Partnerships such as these, ones that are united by a desire to create sustainable innovations, are the best way to bring about real change.”

    “We’re driven by our constant pursuit of better, to create more sustainable packaging solutions that help people to live more sustainable lives. Sometimes that means completely rethinking how things are done – pushing the boundaries of existing technologies and overcoming technical challenges as they present themselves.”

    Gittan Schiöld, interim CEO of Paboco® said: “It is all about the team! We are collaborating across the value chain, sharing the risks and are united in our vision that the paper bottle will become a reality and fundamentally change this industry for good.”

    A constant pursuit of better:

    Carlsberg’s focus on sustainable packaging innovations is not new. In 2018, the Danish brewer launched a number of packaging innovations, including recycled shrink film, greener label ink and the innovative Snap Pack, which replaces the plastic wrapping around its six-packs with a solution that instead glues the cans together.

    Carlsberg’s packaging improvements are part of its long-standing process of betterment and innovation, including developing scientific breakthroughs such as pure yeast and the pH scale.

  • Pet Recycling

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    PET can be recovered and recycled again and again by thorough washing and remelting for use in new PET products, or by chemically breaking down the PET into its constituent raw materials, which are then purified and converted into new PET.

    Any PET that is unsuitable for recycling because it is too dirty or contaminated to be properly cleaned can be safely and efficiently burned as an energy source. This is called "thermal recycling."

    PET can be recycled into many new products:

    It's used to make new bottles, but recycled PET can also be made into fiber for carpets; fabric for t-shirts or fleece jackets; fiberfill for sleeping bags, winter coats, and dog beds; industrial strapping; sheet and thermoformed (clamshell) packaging; and automotive parts such as headliners, bumpers, and door panels.

  • Webinar on Modified Atmosphere Packaging-What, Why and How?

    Gurugram, India, 23 Feb 2021- Packaging Connections has started with a series of webinars during January’2021. After successfully completing the first two on “Packaging Connections A New Start-2021”and “Functional and Qualification test for Prefilled Syringes”. The company is coming up with a new free webinar on an important topic MAP. The company has completed the initial research on “Modified Atmosphere Packaging- What, Why and How?” The webinar will cover the following topics like:

    History 

    What is Map?

     Why Map?

    How Map?

    Where to Map?

    Active Packaging

    Quality and Testing Requirement

    Safety aspects of Map

    Map Regulation

    Advantages of Map

    Disadvantages of Map

     

    The webinar will be live two times( 2pm-3pm and 8pm-9pm) on 23nd February 2021 to have global coverage. You can choose your preferred time slot. Webinar is free but recordings/presentation copy will be available at a nominal fee.

     For Registration click on the- Modified Atmosphere Packaging- What, Why and How? (packagingconnections.com)

  • Webinar on Modified Atmosphere Packaging-What, Why and How?

    Gurugram, India, 23 Feb 2021- Packaging Connections has started with a series of webinars during January’2021. After successfully completing the first two on “Packaging Connections A New Start-2021”and “Functional and Qualification test for Prefilled Syringes”. The company is coming up with a new free webinar on an important topic MAP. The company has completed the initial research on “Modified Atmosphere Packaging- What, Why and How?” The webinar will cover the following topics like:

  • 1-Piece Aluminium Standard

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    Ball manufactures a line of impact extruded aluminum aerosol cans showcasing a diversity of internal coatings across all specifications. Ball translates your ideas into imagery using innovative printing capabilities that differentiate your product on the shelf.

  • Ralph Lauren unveils digital identities for millions of products

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    As an iconic global luxury brand, Ralph Lauren’s Digital Product IDs give consumers the reassurance of authenticity paired with a connected product experience. By scanning the Digital Product ID on the product label with a smartphone, consumers can confirm whether their purchase is authentic, learn about the product detail and receive styling tips and recommendations.

    RLC’s mass-scale product digitization was led in partnership with EVRYTHNG, the connected IoT platform and technology partner Avery Dennison. Both companies will be exhibiting and speaking at the AIPIA Congress.

    Ralph Lauren’s Digital Product IDs are hosted on an agile platform and as the program scales, new features are continually being explored to unlock the full potential of this technology and build a stronger, more personalized relationship between RLC and its consumers.

    “The launch of Digital Product IDs demonstrates how we continue to use technology to deliver more for our consumers and ensure the integrity of our products throughout their lifecycle,” says David Lauren, chief innovation officer. “The application of this technology means every Polo product will be ‘born-digital’ which represents a new milestone in data intelligence innovation in our sector.”

    The new technology gives consumers the power to authenticate Polo products themselves – simply and immediately, helping to combat counterfeits, grey market items and trademark infringement.

    In addition to authentication, creating unique digital identities for each product enables a variety of applications, these include increased connectivity for consumers, who can scan the QR code to receive additional product details and styling recommendations. Across the supply chain, the IDs enable real-time visibility to track product from the point of manufacture and improve inventory management.

    Digital Product IDs are being phased into all Polo Ralph Lauren products and are currently available for certain products in select global retail stores and on RalphLauren.com.

  • Toyochem Introduces High Moisture-permeable Acrylic Adhesives for Healthcare Field

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    Conventional pressure-sensitive acrylic adhesives commonly used in modern medical tapes tend to exhibit low moisture permeability and to easily trap heat and water vapors released from the skin. This often leads to skin irritation, skin maceration, rashes and even bacterial growth. To address this issue, Toyochem researchers applied its advanced resin synthesis technology to form a polymeric composition that substantially raises the moisture permeability rate of the adhesive layer.

    Early evaluation testing by our end customers has produced promising results,” said Nao Nakamura, general manager of Toyochem’s adhesives division. “The new Oribain PSA has consistently reached water vapor transmission rates of 2,000g/m2/24 hours. These values are considerably higher than those of traditional acrylic adhesives, which typically range from 500 to 1,000g/m2/24 hours. We were able to do so, all the while maintaining mechanical performance requirements for adhesion and peel strength.”

    Moreover, Oribain PSA systems are acrylic-based and do not contain silicones, which are widely used in today’s medical tape adhesives. Thus, the new PSA compositions do not contain any substances that may contaminate coatings lines or processing environments, for a more user- and cost-friendly alternative to silicone types.

    In addition to Oribain acrylic PSAs, Toyochem’s comprehensive portfolio includes the Cyabine™ brand of polyurethane PSA solutions, including high moisture-permeability systems. PSA compositions can be customized to meet ISO-10993-1 or other FDA-recognized biocompatibility standards.

    Toyochem has been delivering highly reliable adhesive systems for decades, ranking as the #1 manufacturer of sports tape adhesives in China. Production and development centers in both Japan and China have boosted the company’s capability to customize and expand its product offerings to meet the stringent performance demands of the healthcare, packaging and various industrial markets. In line with its growth strategy, Toyochem is now looking to strengthen its presence in the global medical adhesives market, in particular for such applications as dressing and surgical tapes.

  • Top banana growers to adopt ethylene scavenging technology

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    Half the world’s banana exports originate from Ecuador. Through this agreement, It’s Fresh! will be introduced to 28 affiliate growers and exporters in the region. ACORBANEC represents all these growers and exporters and has pledged its commitment to introduce the filter technology amongst its affiliates.

    It’s Fresh! representatives will travel with ACORBANEC around the key Ecuadorian regions or Guayaquil and Machala to meet with associates, company owners and other exporters. The Association is currently working on reducing costs and sees ethylene absorption as a tool to save money by delivering better arrivals and longer green life, a key characteristic of Ecuadorian bananas.

    As part of the partnership, It’s Fresh! will offer free training programmes on the benefits of ethylene control and banana post-harvest.

    The preservation of the green life of bananas is of huge importance to Ecuadorian exporters, and research conducted by Dr. Manuel Madrid in 2018, demonstrated that the use of filters doubled banana green life to an average of 70+ days when used in a modified atmosphere.

    The It’s Fresh! filter successfully absorbs ethylene from the bananas’ environment and has been shown to be more efficient and environmentally friendly than alternative methods that are currently being used.

    ACORBANEC executive director Richard Salazar said: “Extending the green life of bananas is vital – not just for business but also for addressing the global food waste crisis. We think the It’s Fresh! technology could be a real game changer for our affiliates and look forward to introducing it in the coming months.”

    Latin America director for the company, Nicolas Duran said, “This partnership marks a new chapter for It’s Fresh! and is part of our ongoing commitment to reducing food waste globally. We work hard to collaborate with key stakeholders in the fresh fruit and vegetable industry worldwide, and by working with ACORBANEC we will be able to introduce our technology to countless more exporters and growers in this key region for the banana trade.”

  • Medjacket - Stand Up Pouches

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    Flexible pouches provide cost-savings, stylish designs, and better security features when compared to bottles, jars, and traditional storage or portability packaging options. From lab certified, child-resistant and tamper-evident designs, to odor-blocking materials and custom eye-popping graphics, Medjacket has you covered. Medjacket pouches are ideal for cannabis flowers, extracts, edibles and topicals.

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