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.
Available in two sizes (medium and large), the printable Two Compartment Box is nested for space efficiency, features a simple clip closure to allow stacking, and seeks to minimise heat loss with an integral lid.
The inside of the Two Compartment Box is coated with a barrier to prevent any grease or liquid from permeating through the pack. This also means it can be used for hot holding which, according to the company, makes the solution a good choice for operators needing a solution for high-traffic locations.
In a press release, Colpac says: “The box is simple for consumers to use and eat from, making it the ideal pack for street food concepts or take-away. Made from kraft board, it is recyclable once all food waste is removed, meaning consumers can easily find an appropriate waste stream.”
“Providing a food packaging solution that upholds the integrity of our customer’s offering is vital,” adds Kate Berry, Colpac’s head of marketing and product. “Many businesses have launched take-away and delivery services this year, and we are committed to creating viable, sustainable packaging to meet food-to-go demands. The forthcoming launch of the Two Compartment Box is an excellent addition to our range.”
With a total capacity of up to 1,050ml the large pack boasts a 920ml large compartment alongside a smaller compartment of 510ml. The medium pack has 670ml and 390ml compartments, and a total capacity of 1050ml. Samples of the medium and large Two Compartment Boxes are available now and will be available to purchase in January.
Nestlé began introducing Smarties sharing block packed in recyclable paper in the UK last year.
Alexander von Maillot, Global Head of Confectionery at Nestlé, said: "Shifting Smarties packaging to recyclable paper is one of our key sustainable packaging initiatives in the confectionery category. It is a further step in realizing Nestlé's ambition to make all of its packaging recyclable or reusable by 2025 and to reduce its use of virgin plastics by one third in the same period."
The new Smarties paper packaging is sourced sustainably and is made of a coated paper, paper labels or carton board. Information about how to properly dispose of Smarties paper packaging is also included on its labels to raise consumer awareness.
Louise Barrett, Head of the Nestlé Confectionery Product Technology Centre in York, said: "Developing safe and convenient paper-based solutions for Smarties has required the pioneering of new materials and testing by Nestlé packaging experts at our R&D Center for confectionery in York, UK and the Swiss-based Institute of Packaging Sciences. We adapted our existing manufacturing lines to allow for the careful handling that is required for paper, while also ensuring recyclability across all new formats."
Nestlé invested significantly to upgrade its factories globally, including in Hamburg, Germany, one of the company's largest factories for confectionery products.
The transformation of the Smarties packaging is only one of the brands' 'SMART Initiatives', which aim to support sustainability and enhance the overall product experience.
Heinz is switching to a paperboard sleeve for multipack canned products. The new “eco-sleeve” is fully recyclable and is approved by the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC). The new sleeve also uses 50% less material than a fully enclosed box and 10% less than traditional paperboard sleeves.
Heinz estimates that a rollout across all canned products and major UK retailers will remove 550 tonnes of shrink-wrap packaging. The first products – a selection of Heinz Soups – are available in the new packaging, with a UK-wide launch to commence in Autumn 2021.
Kraft Heinz’s Northern Europe President Jojo de Noronha said: “It is clear that convenience is important to shoppers – research has found that 59% of UK shoppers say that if a package is easy to carry or transport, it is impactful to their overall satisfaction with the product. And sustainable packaging has a significant impact, too, with 71% of UK shoppers agreeing that they are more satisfied with a product if it is easily recycled or composted.
“Grounded in shopper insight, we feel this new recyclable and easy-to-carry paperboard sleeve ticks both of those boxes and is the perfect eco-friendly solution for our multipacks. Our packaging innovation team continues to work hard to develop further sustainable solutions across our business as we make a £25m investment over three years to implement the infrastructure needed to ensure this roll-out is a success, which will be a win for the environment as well as shoppers across the UK.”
Heinz is aiming to reduce carbon emissions from packaging manufacturing transport. The new packaging sleeves have an 18.7% lower carbon footprint compared to shrink-wrap equivalents. The solution is part of a three-year £25m investment into low-carbon and efficiency improvements at the Kitt Green factory near Wigan.
The new laminate is considered to be “one-sided”, which the company reports has been requested by many brand owners and retailers. The product is based on stretchable and printable paper-based laminates that can be shaped, twisted and embossed.
Up until now, FreeForm Packaging has only been able to offer laminates with polythene on both sides to ensure good sealing properties, but this has now changed.
A new process enables the packages to be fully sealed and makes it possible to shape them as required. The new laminate still reportedly offers good water vapor transmission rate (WVTR) values, although the company admits that it is less effective than a double-sided laminate.
Danevert Åsbrink, CEO of FreeForm Packaging AB, comments: “The new laminate allows the FreeFormPack system to produce formable paper packaging that is pleasant to the touch, which customers have been wanting for a very long time. We have been working hard on this for the last six years, so it feels almost unreal to have finally reached our goal.”
The FreeFormPack ‘Standard Paper Out’ laminate has two layers of FibreForm, and one of its two sides has a thin layer of polyethylene that protects the contents while also protecting the packaging.
Besides labelling machines, HPPL also specialises in designing Complete Packaging Systems for Cartons. Ceka packing machines are used for packing pre-lined cartons. They ensure a simple, efficient and a reliable packaging system. Ceka machines are ideal for packing products that require high barrier protection, in cartons. One of HPPL's greatest strengths is the total solutions support provided by its Packaging Machine Division, to all main line business groups.
The multi-layer laminate consists of three basic components: BillerudKorsnäs` paper ConFlex® Silk, a sealing layer made of BASF's certified home compostable and partly bio-based biopolymer ecovio® and BASF's water-based adhesive Epotal® Eco 3675 X. All components are certified home-compostable according to official European certification schemes for home-composting. The laminate contains a high share of renewables and extends the end-of-life options for multi-layer flexible packaging by being organically recyclable. The new home-compostable solution has the same performance features as conventional multi-layer packaging: it is puncture resistant, shows a good printability, excellent heat-seal properties and can be processed on standard packaging machines.
"We wanted to create a paper-based laminate with good heat-seal properties by using certified home-compostable components only", says Amir Pourirani, head of global marketing Biopolymers at BASF. "There is a huge trend in society, in some countries driven by legislation, to move from plastic to paper-based packaging. Moreover, currently available multi-layer flexible laminates are difficult to recycle but the technical need is still present. In BillerudKorsnäs we found the ideal partner to develop a home-compostable solution based on paper with a broader end-of-life option for packaging while maintaining the technical performance of traditional laminates."
According to the targets of the "European Strategy for Plastics in a Circular Economy" all plastic packaging should be recyclable or reusable by 2030.
"With BASF's certified home-compostable biopolymer and adhesive, we found the ideal components to take the next step towards another sustainable solution for flexible packaging in our portfolio", says Markus Saari, Business Development Manager at BillerudKorsnäs. "Our joint development represents a shift to paper-based and compostable material in order to replace traditional laminates for food packaging - meeting hygiene and barrier requirements, maintaining form and enabling many design possibilities just like conventional packaging but with the decisive added benefit that it is home-compostable.
The German family-owned company says that it hopes the practical test will provide new insights into how paper packaging performs during automatic packing, transport and, ultimately, on the shelf. The packaging material complies with that of the prototype but has a somewhat heavier grammage which makes it more robust – one conclusion which could be deduced after the initial test in January.
“Our goal is to develop a packaging material from a renewable, recyclable raw material which simultaneously complies with our high demands on product protection and safety”, explains Katja Binder, Head of Packaging Development at Ritter Sport. “Having gleaned experience with the 500 bars of our prototype, we have optimised some features which we are now testing in practice on a much higher number of units. What it all comes down to now is whether the paper proves itself on its typical journey from production to the consumer”, is how Binder summarises the expectations on the practical test.
The chocolate packaged in paper is Schoko & Gras, milk chocolate with hemp seeds. The limited edition comprises 35,000 bars and is available exclusively from Billa.
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