• Burgopak release first publication, sharing insights and expertise on power of packaging in Financial product delivery

    At the forefront of packaging design in the financial sector, Burgopak share studio secrets on card packaging design featuring top challengers and neobanks.

    It’s gorgeous, edgy, and chock full of inspiration.”

    — Aaron Singer, CEO Tearsheet

    LONDON, UK, UK, April 1, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ --

  • Graphic Packaging International Launches PaperSeal® Slice® And Wedge Solutions For Sliced Meat And Cheese Applications


    Following the success of the PaperSeal tray, both the new PaperSeal Slice® and PaperSeal Wedge offer brands and retailers a recyclable, barrier-lined, paperboard packaging alternative to plastic thermoformed trays for sliced meats and cheeses. Both PaperSeal Slice and Wedge offer enhanced branding capabilities with high-quality graphics that deliver on-shelf differentiation.

    Ricardo De Genova, Graphic Packaging's SVP, global innovation and new business, commented: "Compared to traditional plastic trays, PaperSeal Slice typically reduces plastic by 75 percent and PaperSeal Wedge by 80 percent. The innovative new designs also use lighter weight paperboard to deliver reduced pack weights that can support our customers' packaging sustainability goals. Both are available as formed or flat trays."

    Both solutions have been designed to withstand the rigors of today's supply chain with excellent seal integrity and shelf life equivalent to traditional plastic trays. As with the existing PaperSeal trays, the top film and liner can be separated from the paperboard for ease of post-use recycling.

    The new PaperSeal Slice and Wedge solutions combine the safety, flexibility, efficiency and enhanced branding opportunities that partners have come to expect of the PaperSeal Tray range, while opening up the solution's capabilities to new product categories.

    De Genova concluded, "Demand for sustainable fiber-based alternatives to plastic packaging is very high, and we are working on a variety of new PaperSeal tray innovations to assist our customers in meeting their environmental targets. PaperSeal Slice and Wedge are just two examples of how we can diversify our flexible PaperSeal range to meet the sustainability priorities of the individual brands and retailers we work with."

    The Graphic Packaging Vision 2025 aims to make 100 percent of its products fully recyclable by 2025. The company is joining other like-minded customers around the world in the journey to realize ambitious packaging sustainability strategies.

  • DS Smith Introduces Greentote, the First 100% Reusable, Recyclable Alternative to Plastic Bags for Grocery Pickup or Delivery


    As more states, counties and cities ban plastic bags, DS Smith, the leading supplier of sustainable packaging solutions, now is offering grocery stores and consumers Greentote. The company states that it is the first reusable, moisture-resistant, modular, 100% recyclable container made from renewable resources.

    The company’s development of the Greentote alternative arrives as stores and supermarkets respond to the pandemic-driven jump in online fulfillment sales, BOPIS (buy online, pick up in-store) and third-party grocery delivery services. That potentially has translated into more plastic bags ending up in their customers’ homes and eventually landfills, or worse – waterways.

    Recent surveys have indicated that many shoppers say they’d likely continue online buying if items were delivered with less packaging or used more sustainable material. They’d also prefer items delivered in more recyclable packaging. Greentote offers retail grocery chains and their customers what they’re demanding: an environmentally friendly, recyclable, reusable and food contact-safe solution for transporting groceries and merchandise.

    “Greentote is about convenience and sustainability,” said Melanie Galloway, vice president of sales, marketing and innovation for DS Smith North America Packaging. “From staging orders to curbside pickup or delivery, our sustainable, renewable, fiber-based tote is sturdier than paper, keeps perishable and other grocery items organized and safe, and is reusable.”

    “Corrugated is the safest medium for transporting goods in our global supply chain, and Greentote takes that confidence one step further by being USDA food-contact safe,” she said.

    Eighteen states already have enacted legislation to ban plastic bags, and major retailers including Walmart, CVS Health, Albertsons, Dollar General and Dick’s Sporting Goods have joined “The Beyond the Bag Initiative,” a group seeking to reinvent the single-use plastic retail bag. The goal: identify, test and implement viable design solutions and models that more sustainably serve the purpose of the current retail bag.

    Made of cardboard and available in two sizes, Greentote can hold more than three times the number of groceries than plastic bags and can interlock with each other, ensuring safety and convenience when transporting. Additionally, Greentote is coated with DS Smith’s proprietary Greencoat, which revolutionized the wax-coated shipping industry for poultry, produce, and seafood with its sustainable, moisture-resistant capabilities and durability in demanding supply chains.

    “Boxes in our Greencoat line are designed and manufactured to survive harsh wholesale environments while being fully recyclable,” Galloway said. “That means that the grocer who’s packing and stacking a Greentote will appreciate the modular functionality and ease of use. Customers and delivery services will love the ability to create a tidy trunk or backseat without worrying about groceries sliding out of bags and being damaged.”

    In addition to its reusability, sustainability, and environmental benefits, Greentote provides retailers an opportunity to create a revenue stream by allowing vendors and local businesses to advertise on its full-color, long-lasting printable surfaces.

    Greentote can also be used to print shopper loyalty programs, community events, in-store coupons or other types of communication.

    DS Smith’s purpose is to “Redefine Packaging for a Changing World,” and as part of its recently launched “Now and Next Sustainability Strategy” and commitment to the circular economy, the company by 2030 will use packaging and recycling to replace problem plastics, reduce customer carbon and eliminate consumer packaging waste.


  • Packaging sector seeks ban on kraft paper exports as domestic supply takes a dive


    The SICBMA has claimed that supply of kraft paper has shrunk by over 50 per cent in the local market over the recent few months, hitting production and threatening to send hundreds of SMEs in the regions of Tamil Nadu and Puducherry packing.

    Corrugated boxes (also known as carton boxes) are a key packaging material for pharma, FMCG, food products, automobiles, and electrical appliances, among others. Tamil Nadu and Puducherry have close to 2,000 manufacturers—predominantly Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprisesof corrugated boxes. 

    Though demand for the boxes is steadily growing post Covid, manufacturers have not been able to ensure supply, since thousands of tonnes of kraft paper are leaving Indian shores for export markets, leaving the local industry high and dry, the association said.  The severe shortage, coupled with an 65 per cent increase in the price of kraft paper, has hit manufacturers hard. 

  • New packaging line of corrugated punnets


    The analyses carried out by the Waste Watcher International Observatory revealed that food waste was still a relevant issue in 2020, although it did drop progressively. It is estimated that approximated 27 kg of food per person currently go to waste, i.e. almost 12% less than during the previous year. What is more, the analyses carried out in collaboration with Conai have shown that consumers choose packaging to waste less. 

    Packaging is appreciated and used as a tool to identify the expiry date of a product and gather information on storage as well as on recycling. According to Comieco, paper and cardboard are the preferred choices.

    "Our company has always worked with paper and plastic packaging, focusing on reducing the material used while maintaining the performance of the products so as to guarantee their sustainability. This is why, over the years, we have presented innovative solutions that are not as thick, yet are sturdy and maintain the same capacity. This has enabled us to worked with markets far away such as Oceania, Central and South America and the Mediterranean," explains Roberto Graziani.

    The internal R&D laboratory and the ongoing search for materials in line with the needs of final consumers have led to the creation of a new line of packaging materials now part of the Graziani Packaging range.

    "I am talking about smooth and corrugated cardboard punnets that will be commercialized in partnership with Cartografica Galeotti under the Magic Punnet® brand, part of the Magic Packaging System® line."

    The new punnets can meet the various printing and communication needs of clients while still maintaining the recycling and performance characteristics required by the market. They meet the requirements of both the fresh produce and food sectors.

    "Our products are available globally, but Italy is our home and Italian clients are and will always be our history and our future. This is why we are always looking for new products and alternatives," stresses Alessandra Graziani from Graziani Packaging.

  • James Cropper unveils Biomaster antiviral paper packaging amid COVID-19 transmission concerns


    If the virus’ microbes land on Cropper’s packaging’s surface, silver ions added to the paper prevent them from growing. Within two hours, the virus’ viability is destroyed by 99.9 percent.

    Respiratory viruses can be transmitted where someone touches a contaminated surface. Cropper points to recent studies suggesting COVID-19 can remain viable on metal, glass, wood, textiles, plastic and paper surfaces from several hours to a number of days.

    PaperGard is designed to give paper products the ability to “self-sanitize” without affecting the appearance or performance of the paper itself.

    Richard Bracewell, marketing and technical director at Cropper, says the virus has raised consumer demand for assurances over packaging hygiene. 

    Moreover, he asserts traditional preventive sanitation methods are insufficient in combating the spread of such viruses. 

    “It is often impractical to use disinfectants and even soap and water. In these situations, the PaperGard protected paper, with its antimicrobial technology, limits contamination of the paper surface while maintaining the qualities of the paper.”

    “[PaperGard] addresses the increased demand for hygienic surfaces. The silver ions present within the paper continually effectively control surface contamination for the lifetime of the product and maintain the integrity of the paper.”

    Cropper’s survey conducted in October shows over three quarters (77 percent) of Britons now consider the hygiene of the products and packaging they interact with. Almost half (45 percent) believe those concerns for safety and hygiene will remain after the pandemic.


  • Hubergroup launches Hydro-X GA water barrier coating


    By using a revised formulation of the binding agents for the water-based coating, there is no longer any need for PE film lamination as a water barrier. Paper packaging with a barrier coating can be recycled in the already well-established paper recycling system. According to hubergroup, changing from conventional packaging to pure paper packaging with a barrier coating is a cost-effective and more environmentally friendly option. The Hydro-X GA Water Barrier Coating is now available worldwide.

    Dr Christian Schirrmacher, global project manager water based inks from hubergroup Print Solutions, said about the product launch: ‘We are constantly working to further develop our portfolio. In particular, we focus on the benefits for our customers and the sustainability aspect. With the Hydro-X GA Water Barrier Coating, as a team, we have achieved another milestone. The aim is to enable our customers to produce more environmentally friendly packaging solutions.’

    By using the Hydro-X GA Water Barrier Coating, it is possible to change from laminate structures to mono-material paper. For this step, only one more available inking unit is needed in order to apply the coating. According to the company, it has the following advantages: significantly improved recyclability, increased range of applications for pure paper packaging, lower material costs, and reduced processing times.

    Hubergroup claims the coating provides a highly water-repellent surface, thereby increasing the shelf life of the product. The barrier coating is suitable for use in the packaging industry, specifically for packaging moisture-sensitive foodstuffs such as sugar, flour and dry animal food. This protective coating prevents unnecessary food waste. It is also suitable for applications in the non-food sector, for example, cement packaging and secondary packaging for copy paper. The Hydro-X GA Water Barrier Coating is suitable for both coated and uncoated paper.

    Following successful results from laboratory tests, in spring 2020 hubergroup also began testing the coating in a real-world environment together with a customer. This involved print testing on different machines. Dr Schirrmacher explained: ‘The results were so impressive that we immediately received an order from our customer. They were particularly impressed by the elimination of a step in the production process.’

  • Smurfit Kappa launches BanaBag


    Smurfit Kappa, a leading provider of paper-based packaging solutions, has expanded its range of sustainable and biodegradable products with the launch of BanaBag, an innovative product addressing the quality assurance required for excellent bagging during the banana plant’s growth cycle.

    According to Smurfit Kappa, the BanaBag is a unique solution for organic producers since it protects the fruit from disease and insects, whilst also reducing overheating resulting from the use of materials like plastic.

    The BanaBag is made from cellulose, which acts as a natural insulator to the growing bananas, maintaining product quality even in higher temperatures.

    "In addition to advantages in the farming process, BanaBag is the right choice for banana producers that are supplying international markets where consumers are demanding sustainable products with traceable production processes and supply chains,” the company stated. “The BanaBag is 100 per cent paper-based, making it renewable, recyclable and biodegradable, and importantly, it can be used as compost for the soil.”

    Laurent Sellier, chief operating officer of Smurfit Kappa Europe Paper and Board, commented: “At Smurfit Kappa, we are committed to innovation and the development of paper-based sustainable products that support our customers in the improvement of their processes and products. With a continuing drive to make a positive impact on the agricultural sector with innovative solutions like BanaBag, we aim to positively contribute to better outcomes for farmers who are moving towards more sustainable methods.”

    Juan Guillermo Castaneda, CEO of Smurfit Kappa The Americas, added: “Some of the largest banana exporters in the world are in South and Central America where we operate. Ecuador, Colombia, Costa Rica and the Dominican Republic are on the list of the ten countries that export more than 80 per cent of the world’s bananas, mainly to European markets. This challenges producers to continuously adceapt to the fast-paced trends of consumers who want to be reassured that the products they buy and consume are sustainable.”

    Louis Hesselholt, manager of Dominique Banana in Santa Marta, Colombia, commented: “Our job is to carefully handle the fruit in the production process so that it arrives in the best possible condition at its final destination – whether international or local.

    BanaBag perfectly matches the needs of our plantation by reinforcing the organic characteristics of our export product and contributing to our goal of eliminating 100 per cent of all contaminant plastic waste from our farms.”

    According to Smurfit Kappa, the use of non-sustainable materials at Dominique Banana had been a huge challenge for the company due to difficulties in recycling and the problems of land pollution. In addition, plastic bunch bags commonly overheated the fruit, contributing to losses. By introducing the BanaBag in the Campo Alegre and Granja plantations, quality was reportedly increased, post-harvest recycling optimised and the soil fertilised due to the BanaBag's compostability.

    In addition to the BanaBag, Smurfit Kappa’s sustainable products for the agricultural sector include AgroPaper for eco-friendly mulching in crop growing, the SoFru corrugated pack for berries and Safe and Green biodegradable trays for fresh fruit.



    The refillable cases have been made with no single use plastic and include a refill made with 100% FSC certified paperboard packaging. Tthey are available at Walmart, Target, CVS and Walgreens online. 

    With the personal care industry being one of the main offenders of single-use plastic, the development is pioneering for antiperspirants. 

    Priced for the mass market, they are said to be the first refillable antiperspirant from a major brand. 

    Freddy Bharucha, SVP P&G Personal Care, said, “We know the most sustainable choices for consumers are not always the most affordable – and that limits the impact we can have on our environment. By providing sustainable solutions for both antiperspirants and aluminum free deodorants at some of the most affordable prices on the market, we’re able to make sustainable choices a reality for more consumers.”

  • Mondi helps to reduce plastic use and CO2 footprint with new paper-based diaper packaging for Drylock

    Mondi, a global leader in packaging and paper, has launched a new paper EcoWicketBag for Drylock Technologies’ baby diaper ranges, bringing sustainable paper-based packaging to the hygiene market globally.

    The global hygiene products manufacturer approached Mondi to create a more sustainable alternative to its existing plastic diaper packaging that would travel well, have strong shelf-appeal, and protect the product - while also using renewable resources and significantly reducing its CO2 footprint.

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