• Covid-19 impact: Increased use of plastic in takeaway & snacks packaging


    According to data by the National Restaurant Association of India, both social distancing and food safety concerns have heavily impacted food businesses leading to more than 40% closures in the past fiscal.

    Covid-19 has brought noticeable changes in the consumption pattern as well. For instance, instead of visiting a restaurant or a food court, people are more comfortable ordering a takeaway or food delivery service, citing health and hygiene reasons.

    Hence, to stay in business, restaurants and snack outlets are meeting consumer demands by investing in food delivery. They are either collaborating with third-party food delivery service providers or initiating their very own service, getting the food to one’s doorstep.

    Along with food delivery, businesses are enhancing their packaging practices to ensure food safety and hygiene, shifting mostly to disposable packaging. But are these new changes in alignment with eco-friendly practices? That’s where the concern lies.

    Increase in use of plastic for food packaging
    There is no denying that the food packaging industry has experienced exceptional growth throughout 2020, and trends continue in 2021. All the leading packaging manufacturers reported up to a 70% jump in the productions of packaging materials.

    While that translates well for the food and packaging industry, it has raised new concerns regarding environmental degradation. Why? It is because most of the packaging materials used are single-use plastic, which is adding to the non-biodegradable waste especially in the urban areas.

    Why are businesses using plastic and not a greener alternative?
    Disposable plastic containers and food packaging are cheaper, easily available, leak-proof and help the food vendor or restaurant abide by the hygiene regulations. Since plastic containers give the impression of sealed and safe food, it fits the consumer satisfaction as well. Nevertheless, it has dealt a severe blow to the government’s efforts to curb the use of plastics.

    Is there a way out of this new plastic packaging crisis?
    Let’s face it; Covid-19 is here to stay. Even with vaccination, businesses and consumers would have to abide by the safety protocols to prevent transmission of the virus. So, restaurants and eateries will have to intensify their delivery efforts in the coming days, as physical outlets are yet to open up with full occupancy for the consumers. Businesses need to rethink the use of plastic for packaging and opt for a greener alternative with minimal environmental impact.

    Here are a few options to try:
    Recycled or Agro Based paper is the cheapest alternative to plastic packaging. One can use quality paper packaging for snacks and food items (leak-proof consistency).
    Kraft paper is a viable alternative to plastic since it is both oil and waterproof. It addresses your leaking issues.
    Another option here is using quality containers to deliver the food. The customer would receive the food and return the container for reuse. It would curb the use of disposable food containers.
    What food businesses and restaurants can do is collaborate with paper packaging manufacturers to come up with, economic and eco-friendly solutions to the plastic packaging problem.
    Mitigating the initial impact of the pandemic followed by the gradual shift to new business practices has been tough on business across all sectors. The transition commenced in haste to extenuate the immediate crisis. Now, as we ease into new-normal, it’s time to correct the errors committed and innovate sustainable practices towards a safer future.  

  • silver plastics connects its machines with new IIoT solution

    Silver plastics, one of the leading German manufacturers of plastic packaging in the food industry, is now deploying a new solution to connect its machines. The connectivity solution is designed to improve the visibility and use of production data.

  • Securikett launches paper-based security seal


    By using similar materials for product packaging, the recycling process is simplified. If packaging and closing labels are made out of the same material, the quality of the recycled raw material, and efficiency of the recycling process, is significantly enhanced. Paper packaging that is closed with paper-based security seals can be better integrated into the recycling process than paper packaging with plastic labels.

    In all industries, green innovations have been continuously coming onto the market in recent years. When it comes to packaging including security closing mechanisms, there was one final hurdle to clear.

    "By using the latest paper-based security seals and tapes, industries can not only package their products in a more tamper-proof way, but also make a sustainable contribution to environmental protection and avoid plastic," says Werner Horn, the CEO of Securikett, an Austria-based security labeling specialist committed to producing high performance products in an effective, efficient and sustainable manner.

    Securikett specializes in digital and physical security systems for a broad spectrum of product sectors, is attracting attention with its invention of the new paper security seal, the company says. "Our VOID labels turn all types of packaging into safes," says Horn. "We are pleased that we can now offer this special paper-based VOID technology solution. Paper is one of the most renewable raw materials and recycling of paper is well established. Pulp fibers can be recycled up to eight times."

    The security closure seals are characterized by the fact that an irreversible effect remains on the packaging when it is peeled off. Opening and tampering of the packaging is thus immediately and clearly obvious. The company produces these new paper VOID seals in various designs, sizes and colors.

  • The Prestige-Pak acquisition expands our capabilities in packaging for snack foods, confectionary, and baked goods.


    With this latest acquisition, C-P Flexibles expands its multi-plant manufacturing base to provide rapid response and best-in-class printing quality. Prestige-Pak is a second generation, family-owned converter with a 53 year history of success. The company brings diverse capabilities including ten-color flexographic printing, laminating, custom slitting and a variety of prepress services. Prestige-Pak’s long standing customer relationships were built on innovation, quality, and trust and provide a strong foundation for growth.

    “Prestige-Pak is an excellent addition to the C-P family,” said Mike Hoffman, CEO of C-P. “We are excited to add Prestige-Pak’s state of the art, spotless facility to our portfolio and benefit from their focus on rapid response and problem-solving capabilities. Together with Prestige-Pak, we are expanding our ability to support our customers with their supply chain needs. C-P continues to invest and grow rapidly to address ever-changing market demands.”

    Vince Kuber, President of Prestige-Pak, Inc., said, “We are excited to join C-P and see our two companies as highly complementary. The new, larger organization will provide our customers with a broader portfolio of products and access to C-P’s sustainable technologies.”

    According to First Atlantic Capital Managing Director, Emilio Pedroni, “We are committed to supporting the growth efforts of C-P. This acquisition further allows us to expand our footprint in North America and continue our strategy to build a leading flexible packaging company with a laser focus on innovation and customer service”.

    “The Prestige-Pak acquisition will add to our already extensive footprint in the flexible packaging industry“, stated Roberto Buaron, Chairman of First Atlantic Capital. “Our C-P leadership team will help accelerate Prestige-Pak’s proven track record of developing products to better serve customer needs while providing enhanced capabilities.”


    Leading technology retailer launches first-ever nationwide polystyrene store take back initiative following successful trial
    Dixons Carphone is the largest retail recycler of e-waste and a major recycler of polystyrene in the UK
    Company’s intention is to make 100% of its own label packaging reusable or recyclable by 2023
    Published inaugural Product Packaging Guidance to share best practice on the reduction of plastic packaging across the industry

    Industry first customer EPS recycling scheme

  • DS Smith and DOM-TITAN to reduce 1.7 tons of plastics from packaging each year


    DOM-TITAN is the leading Slovenian company in the field of mechanical security protection of doors and locks for furniture. They were looking for a suitable partner for the development of ecological packaging. The idea of ​​replacing styrofoam material was born on the initiative of Tomaž Kališnik, an employee of DOM-TITAN in the development and technology department. For implementation, they turned to the sustainable packaging strategists of DS Smith.

    Based on the conceptual design of DOM-TITAN d.d. (author of the design Igor Plevel), and the experience of packaging strategists, we defined the key starting points of the new solution through a PackRight workshop.

    Challenges of styrofoam packaging filler replacement

    The main requirements from the client for the development of new ecological packaging were:

    • Packaging that is sustainable and raise brand awareness
    • Supply chain optimization.
    • Aesthetic aspect - the impression of consumers when they open the packaging.
    • Easy packing.
    • Improve the protection that the fillings offer to the product.
    • Adaptability of the fillings to different dimensions of locks.

    DS Smith designers incorporated the Principles of Circular Design into the solution design process and followed the PackRight methodology of new product development.

    “We always keep in mind the principles of circular packaging. The packaging is designed according to the respective phases of the product supply chain. In the process of development, we tested prototypes of the packaging several times together with the company DOM-TITAN d.d. and through improvements we came to the final solution, which brings many advantages, " adds Alenka Knez, head of DS Smith's PackRight development center in Brestanica.

    • Achieved sustainable goal of DOM-TITAN d.d .: elimination of the use of styrofoam in the packing process.
      The new solution solves the problem of disposable styrofoam, which often ends up in landfills instead of recycling. They removed 1.7 tons of styrofoam per year, which has so far been used to pack locks.
    • 100% recyclability of packaging fillings
      They can be easily recycled within the good practice of existing systems. They are made of paper with a certificate of responsible forest use, which contains approx. 80% recycled fibers.
    • Due to more optimal loading of products on the pallet within the supply chain, we reduced the carbon footprint by 20%.
    • Fast filler assembly.
    • Contribute to the productivity of the production of locks, despite the fact that the inserts are now manually assembled
    • Complete protection of heavier products. Due to the weight of the locks (approx. 4 kg), the construction of the fillings are very efficient. They ensure the products’ protection to damage.
    • Use of fillings for several different products and lower packaging cost.

    Interest in circular packaging is growing

    Many companies are actively reducing their impact on the environment, looking for and developing circular packaging for their products.  “Companies are looking for packaging that is circular, that is easily recycled or reused and has zero impact on the environment. We are already talking about packaging with a zero carbon footprint, "comments Jožica Hojnik, Sales Director at DS Smith Slovenia. 

    Igor Plevel, author of the design of the styrofoam replacement project for the company DOM-TITAN d.d. on the selection of a partner for the development of organic packaging states: “Very few packaging companies have such a good development department that could compete with DS Smith’s PackRight Center. We have chosen DS Smith as a partner in the project of circular packaging fillings, as they have been supplying us with quality materials for decades, they choose the right type of material for a specific product and are always ready to participate in creating and developing new packaging solutions”.

     "At DS Smith we have just put together a strong sustainable development strategy where we focus on five key sustainability goals. Within three years, we will only produce recyclable or reusable packaging and by 2030 we will ensure that all is recycled or reused. At the same time, we want to accelerate the circular economy, replace environmentally hazardous plastic packaging and continue with projects that reduce our customers' CO₂ emissions, ”adds Jožica Hojnik.


  • Adhesives and Peel Technology: Crash Course Part 1

    Adhesives are widely used in the packaging industry for various purposes; for forming, sealing and labeling boxes, bags, and other types of containers. However, not all adhesives are the same in their qualities. Based on application, some are stronger, some are more permanent, and some stick quicker than others.

    To understand how these features can be varied and controlled, let’s go over the 3 forces that are considered while designing a pressure-sensitive adhesive:

  • US: Price for recovered paper spikes


    These corrugated boxes refer to used containers or packaging made from unbleached, unwaxed paper with ruffled (‘corrugated’) inner lining-said corrugated materials (also known as containerboard) make up the likes of pizza or shipping boxes.

    So far, a shortfall in the production of semi-conductor chips, an industry that helps generate a lot of OCC, has led to a shortage in available corrugated containers. Paper mills across the Midwestern US have offered to pay premiums on top of prices far higher than the national average to garner access to said corrugated boxes.

    According to Cascades, a Canadian and US paper and packaging company, OCC prices during the first quarter of this year were 97% higher than during the same time in 2020, the demand for recovered fiber being stoked by pandemic buying habits and export demands.

    China, previously having imposed a ban on recovered paper imports, is now helping to drive up OCC prices in the US.

    The country’s full-scale implementation of its solid waste import ban as of January 1, 2021 served to slash the total amount of global waste and scrap paper as well as paperboard entering China. Yet said legislation does not affect the impo

    Currently, mills in these countries are waiting for US prices to fall prior to making buying decisions despite their increased material demand.

    A fall in price level, however, is unlikely given the 10-month price hike for the commodity in question.  

    Recovered paper demand is currently at 250 million metric tons per year and projected to gradually grow to 260 million metric tons by 2025.

    rt of brown recycled pulp, which is derived from OCC and set to generate 5 million metric tonnes worth of demand per year by 2025.

    The South and South East Asian market (counting countries such as South Korea, Taiwan, Indonesia, Thailand, India and Vietnam) serve to shore up further demand for OCC due to their persistent fiber shortages. (In July 2020, India imported 42,000 short tons of US OCC, the number rising to 170,000 in December of the same year. Vietnam saw the import of 92,000 short tons in July 2020, a figure reaching 208,000 short tons in December.)


  • Mars Wrigley to switch to cardboard for new Maltesers box


    The removal of PE from all Maltesers boxes in the UK means that the box itself will be fully recyclable – the plastic film that covers the box, which is essential to protect the quality of the product within, isn’t currently widely recyclable.

    The renowned Maltesers box, as we know it today, was launched nearly 90-years ago in 1930 and today, Britons eat over 180 million Maltesers treats annually – most of which are made at Mars Wrigley’s HQ in Slough.

    Adam Grant, general manager, Mars Wrigley UK, said: “At Mars, we take our responsibility for sustainable packaging seriously, and today’s announcement that our iconic Maltesers box is now fully recyclable is another important step in our journey toward packaging that is 100% reusable, recyclable or compostable.”

  • Candle Boxes Wholesale – Avoid Making Mistakes


    Aiming to make an impressive and strong image of your business in the eyes of your audience? Well, it’s not a simple task, especially when you are making the most common and silly mistakes with your Candle Boxes Wholesale.

    Why do brands or businesses keep forgetting in this regard, that it all comes down to their packaging. If they are not careful with what they are creating on the outside, no matter how expensive and high quality product they put inside, they are never going to impress any customers or make any sales. It’s highly important in this regard that manufacturers put the same amount of effort and thinking into the packaging as they have in the product.

    Along with that, they need to make sure they are not committing the following mistakes:

    An Outdated Packaging Will Never Make Any Sales

    Apply to rule either to real life or the world of business, and you will see that it works. Something that is not up to scratch, outdated, or perhaps has not changed a single bit since it was created will die eventually because it’s becoming such a cliché.

    Now apply the same to your Luxury Soap Boxes Wholesale. Keeping them too old-fashioned will only leave you far behind in the race to win. Your competitors will simply rule the industry and you will look from far behind and wish that it was you in their place. If you so wish for that, update your packaging. Find out all the latest trends going on and make your packaging in accordance to that.

    You need to be vigilant about what’s interesting the customers, what seems to be appealing to them. How they respond to certain designs, and what opinion they have to what makes a great packaging. Which factors appeal to their eyes and which make them dislike a brand. Learn all these factors perfect and then create your packaging according to that.

    Try to think outside the box. Play with sizes, shapes, designs, patterns, textures, colors and ideas. When you are creative with all these, you are a cinch to come up with an amazing packaging.

    Using Wrong Labeling and Specifications Can Be Damaging

    No business on earth wants to leave a bad impact on their customers. You too, don’t want to be in the same. It is, therefore, highly important that you don’t give out any false information to your customers about your product. It should be exactly what your product is and how it is. This is why you need to careful of all the content you have printed on the packaging. It should be accurate. It should be appropriate. At the same time, all the specifications of your packaging which include the measurements and thickness, all should be accurate.

    Take it this way, you use a very light and not so sturdy packaging for a relatively heavy item. Or maybe it’s something highly fragile you need to pack inside it. This can cause damage to the item and you are putting your product at grave risk. At the end, it’s only the customer that’s going to get disappointed and you are going to pay for this disappointment in the end. You have to be, therefore, very careful with your choices that you make.

    Choose a box that should be protective enough. But at the same time, it should have all the right content related to the product you have packed inside for the best of the customer. In the end, it is only going to benefit your brand, create a powerful image in the eyes of the customers and perhaps make them your regulars. A great recipe to be a huge success.

    Never Opt For the Wrong Material for Product Packaging

    Your packaging is simply creative and unique. Sounds great! But were you careful enough to synchronize the packaging with the product that you are about to pack inside? The outside should be in perfect harmony with what’s going to be inside which includes the patterns, textures, colors to the type of material you choose. Of course, it needs to be high quality, but at the same time it should blend perfect with the product’s content. There should a balanced synchronization which is crucial in every way. In fact, its best you focus on the product complimenting the packaging and the packaging doing the same for the goods packed inside.

    You are selling vapes, but when you have a look at the packaging, it shows something of a cigarette. This is like misleading your customers. Or maybe the other issue might be that you used a packaging material that was highly inappropriate for the use. The only results you get out of such mistakes is no sales and customers simply running away to other brands. An unappealing and unattractive packaging never shows any positive results.

    Testing Your Packaging before Dispatching Is Essential

    You dispatched a product as per order, but by the time it reached your customer, it was either damaged or broken. Think from a customer’s perspective and image their reaction. Not good, huh? Well, this is exactly what you will get from them if you send out a product that they got in bits and pieces. They don’t care if you sent it in one piece. They never got it that way. And how can they be sure you never sent a crooked item. You are leaving behind a really bad impression, and most likely the chance that those who have received a damaged item from you will bad mouth you in front of their relatives and friends. You certainly don’t want that to happen in front of those who could be your potential buyers in future.

    This can happen in most of those cases when you were not careful enough to test your packaging before you dispatched your item in it. These days, people are looking forward to an unboxing experience of their lifetime. But when they are given with the disappointment of a broken item, they are furious and they tell the whole world about it through social media.

    You have to reduce such probabilities to the maximum, and for this to happen, its best you test your packaging for the following factors:

    • Shipping durability
    • Shelf life span
    • Product content’s protection

    Once you ensure that all these viable factors are fully met with in the making of your Vape Boxes Wholesale before your product reaches out to the world, this is only going to help you in the end. It will improve your business massively and will help in generating a huge amount of revenue within a very short time.

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