• H&M begins using paper packaging for online orders

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    The decision is part of the company’s sustainability pledge to use 25 percent less packaging between 2018 and 2025, including the replacement of single-use packaging. The paper is uncoated, making it easier to recycle and takes up a small amount of space in delivery, allowing for larger deliveries at one time.

    Plastic bags will still be used to wrap products inside the packaging to ensure product safety. However, the company states it is currently working towards a sustainable alternative.

    “Fashion items are precious. To ensure that purchases arrive at our customers in good condition, we have looked for a more durable type of paper that is also sturdy enough,” said Annet Feenstra, H&M Netherlands’ sustainability manager, in a statement “We hope that customers will appreciate this new packaging and cherish the item they receive in it.”

    H&M Netherlands has also continued its use of sustainable delivery options, from the introduction of bicycle couriers in 2019 to the addition of the new Budbee delivery option in February this year. The company has said it will continue to take more steps to move towards its goal of a circular business model with a focus on its current supply chain.

  • UFLEX Unveils Breakthrough Set of Products & Solutions

    ~ Moves a step ahead with a portfolio aimed at Sustainability and Efficiency ~

    ~ Commissions 10.4mt wide BOPP film line in Hungary with 42,000TPA production capacity ~

    Aug 14, 2021, Noida: Innovation is ‘a part of our daily lives’ at UFLEX. At the end of April – June 2021 quarter, the company announced a host of noteworthy products and solutions, across its businesses that are set to make packaging a better experience for brands and consumers alike, especially in the wake of changing trends in packaging.

  • The aluminum tube and aerosol can industry in Germany is resilient and reliable, also in times of crisis

    The development of the aluminum tubes and aerosol can market in the first half of 2021 can only be adequately assessed for the German market in retrospect to 2020 because the first quarter of 2020 at the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis was still characterized by extremely lively demand from all end consumer markets.

    Food and household sectors stable in the crisis, pharmaceuticals mixed, cosmetics weaker

  • HexcelPack Introduces First-Ever 100% Paper-Based Eco-Friendly Pallet Wrapping Material

    Internationally-patented PalletWrap™ is cost-effective, fully recyclable and requires no modification to existing pallet wrapping machinery.

    Bristol, CT – HexcelPack, a developer of eco-friendly, paper-based protective cushioning solutions to replace bubble packaging and other plastic or foam-based materials, has introduced PalletWrap™, an innovative 100% paper-based pallet wrapping material. A cost-effective and sustainable shipping solution, PalletWrap™ is a fully-recyclable, plastic-free alternative to traditional pallet wrapping material.

  • ITC Paperboards pioneering Planet-friendly initiatives in specialised Packaging – ITC Chairman Mr. Sanjiv Puri

    In his AGM address Mr. Sanjiv Puri, Chairman and Managing Director, ITC Ltd, shared his Vision on ITC Next: Reimagining Business for the Redefined Future. Relevant Excerpts from the speech is below:

  • ITC Paperboards pioneering Planet-friendly initiatives in specialised Packaging – ITC Chairman Mr. Sanjiv Puri

    In his AGM address Mr. Sanjiv Puri, Chairman and Managing Director, ITC Ltd, shared his Vision on ITC Next: Reimagining Business for the Redefined Future. Relevant Excerpts from the speech is below:

  • Berlin Packaging Acquires the Juvasa Group

    Acquisition expands the company’s footprint in Iberia and the Canary Islands and brings new design and e-commerce capabilities

    Berlin Packaging, the world’s largest hybrid packaging supplier, announced today the acquisition of the Juvasa Group, a group of companies focused on the supply of glass, plastic, and metal packaging for the food and beverage industry.

  • Oregon becomes second state to pass packaging EPR law

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    Oregon became the second state to require producers of packaging, paper products and food service ware to share responsibility for supporting in-state recycling programs when Gov. Kate Brown signed SB 582, known as the Plastic Pollution and Recycling Modernization Act, into law Aug. 6. Sen. Michael Dembrow and Rep. Janeen Sollman were the chief sponsors of the bill. 

    Maine Gov. Janet Mills signed a similar extended producer responsibility (EPR) law into effect July 12.

    Under Oregon’s new law, brand owners selling packaging, paper products and food service ware into Oregon will join stewardship organizations and pay fees to support the improvement and expansion of recycling programs and infrastructure statewide. This new packaging EPR program is intended to reduce the impacts of waste on the environment and human health, keep plastics out of rivers and oceans and take steps toward addressing the inequitable impacts of the waste system on vulnerable communities, legislators say.

    “With this new law, Oregon ratepayers will be provided a much more accessible, responsible and stable recycling system,” says Scott Cassel, CEO and founder of the Product Stewardship Institute (PSI), which advocates for the promulgation of responsible recycling through EPR legislation. “It will also provide producers with the financial incentive to make their packaging more sustainable, and local communities with funding for reuse and waste prevention programs.”

    Under the new system, consumer brand payments will cover roughly one-quarter of the costs of a modernized recycling system. In contrast to Maine’s law, which covers all recycling costs, producers under Oregon’s law will not cover the costs of collection, which will continue to be paid for by residential and commercial ratepayers. Local authorities will maintain operational control for collection services and public education programs, while producer funding will enable improvements such as recycling facility upgrades, broader collection services and more accessible educational resources.

    Producers will finance their obligations through fees on covered products that they pay to stewardship organizations. These fees will be based on factors such as recyclability, use of postconsumer recycled content and the life cycle impacts of the materials they use. The largest producers also will be required to perform lifecycle assessments on 1 percent of their products every two years. 

    The new law will create a uniform statewide collection list and expand recycling access to multifamily housing and those living in rural and remote communities. A new multistakeholder group, known as the Oregon Recycling System Advisory Council, will advise the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) and stewardship organizations on key elements of the new program, including producer implementation plans. 

    Oregon’s law promotes equity and environmental justice by requiring Oregon DEQ to conduct regular studies on access to recycling and enacting new permitting and certification requirements for processors to provide living wages and benefits for their employees. Recycling processing facilities will also be required to meet new performance standards, such as for material quality and reporting, and will share responsibility with consumer brands for ensuring that collected materials reach socially and environmentally responsible end markets. The costs of meeting these new standards will also be offset by producer funding.  

    “It’s encouraging to see the extensive provisions aimed at addressing recycling inequities and environmental justice in Oregon’s new law,” says Sydney Harris, policy and programs manager and packaging lead at PSI. “We have these elements in PSI’s policy model and hope to see them included in all packaging EPR legislation.”

    PSI has promoted EPR for packaging for the past 15 years and developed a model bill that has informed legislation introduced in eight states, including Oregon, over the past two years. Oregon’s bill emerged from a multiyear stakeholder engagement process, led by Oregon DEQ, to gather input and identify solutions best suited to the state.

    Oregon is one of the nation’s leaders when it comes to successful EPR programs. Working with PSI, state and local governments, the paint industry, and other key players, Oregon was the first state in the country to pass EPR legislation for paint in 2009. It also has EPR programs for electronics and pharmaceuticals, as well as a decades-long EPR program for beverage containers.

  • Spouted Pouches: Gualapack and TOMRA join forces for a ground-breaking, full-scale recycling trial

    Tomra and Gualapack work together to prove the recyclability of Gualapack’s first-of-a-kind monomaterial PP spouted pouch through all stages of treatment of a DKR rigid PP waste stream.

     

    In a context of full-scale sorting and recycling infrastructure, Gualapack’s first-ever monomaterial polypropylene spouted pouch was proven recyclable. The results of extensive testing, carried out on several sites during the course of 2020, demonstrate that sustainability through innovation is possible.

     

  • Introducing a historical novelty for Institute and Slovenia – corrugated board made from tomato stems

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    The Pulp and Paper Institute, aware of the importance of the circular economy, presents corrugated cardboard made of papers whose raw material is tomato stems. Tomato stems were locally sourced and represent an agro residue that has been processed into liner and fluting papers suitable for incorporation into corrugated board. The papers were produced on a paper machine of the Institute on the basis of research for using this kind of raw material for papermaking. Corrugated cardboard was also made in Slovenia in test production and optimizations are currently being carried out according to the mechanical properties of corrugated cardboard. The product is completely recyclable, biodegradable and safe for food contact.

    As a product manufactured for the first time in independent Slovenia and in the wider region, the Institute is taking a step forward in the development of its own CIP brand of papers and boards.

    By supporting local circular stories and stakeholders with agro residues and other sources of lignocellulosic biomass, ICP sets new heights and upgrades the more than 70-year tradition of innovative cellulose products.

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