• LIFE CYCLE ANALYSIS

    A Life Cycle Assessment, commonly known as an LCA, is defined as the systematic analysis of the environmental impact of products during their entire life cycle.

    During an LCA, environmental impacts are evaluated through production, use and disposal phases. This includes all the upstream and downstream processes associated with production (e.g. production of raw, auxiliary and operating materials) and with disposal (e.g. waste treatment).

    Today, there are maybe online and offline pre-programmed softwares available to make the Life Cycle assessment of a product easy. 

  • GAA organizes sessions for the AIMCAL R2R USA/SPE FPD FlexPackCon® Virtual Conference

     

    The GAA sessions consist of eight papers, four on Wednesday, Oct. 21, and four on Friday, Oct. 23, and include subjects such as gravure and printed electronics, quality control, biomaterials for flexible hybrid electronics and 3D printing, more sustainable cylinder washing, high-speed gravure printing, laser-engraved cylinders, and use of near-infrared technology in printing décor and packaging.

     

    “The sessions organized by GAA are a great fit because many AIMCAL and SPE Flexible Packaging Division members use gravure printing and coating processes,” reports Chris Kerscher, executive director of AIMCAL. “Expanding the technical information exchange is core to our mission of Educating, Connecting, and Growing the industry.”

     

    “The COVID-19 pandemic forced us to cancel our 2020 Technical Forum, scheduled for the end of September 2020,” says Luigi P. DeFlaviis Jr., chairman of GAA. “Joining forces with AIMCAL allows us to present many of the papers virtually and to a larger audience.

     

    A completely interactive experience awaits conference attendees, exhibitors, and speakers who will participate from their homes or offices. Agenda details and registration information may be found on the AIMCAL website at https://www.aimcal.org/2020-r2r-usa-conference.html.

  • CARBON NEGATIVE? CARBON POSITIVIE? CLIMATE POSITIVE? WHAT AM I TRYING TO SAY?

    A product or service’s carbon footprint is an important consideration in calculating its overall environmental impact. It takes into account any environmental trade-offs that may be involved in the process of provision. Ultimately, an entity’s carbon footprint is explained based on the net change of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere due to its production and use.

  • Production of aluminium aerosol cans only decreased slightly despite the corona crisis

    Moderate minus of roughly two percent worldwide in the first half of 2020

    AEROBAL, the International Organization of Aluminum Aerosol Container Manufacturers, recorded a relatively moderate decline in the global production of aluminum cans of almost two percent for the first half of 2020 despite the corona pandemic. Compared to most other industrial sectors, the industry is still doing relatively well in a global comparison.

  • Parkside Introduces High-Barrier Compostable Pack

    Parkside has introduced a high-barrier compostable pack for household cleaning brand Homethings and its range of cleaning tablets. Part of the Park2Nature range of industrial and home compostable packaging solutions, the new pack is specifically designed to provide a functional and sustainable packaging option that benefits the environment without compromising performance. Homethings co-founder, Michael Aubrey, says, “Parkside’s willingness to work with us enabled us to push the boundaries of our packaging and create a customized laminate structure that is perfect for our cleaning product. The high moisture and oxygen barriers enable us to deliver a great product while staying true to our sustainability values.” The packaging created for Homethings utilizes bio-based paper and metallized NatureFlex cellulose films, manufactured by Futamura, which are made from sustainably sourced wood pulp. The packaging is then printed by Stratus France. This process ensures the packaging is fully home compostable and will break down completely within 26 weeks, gaining accreditation from TUV (formerly Vincotte). The packaging is also tested for eco-toxicity and various other criteria against EN 13432 regulations. Staci Bye, New Business Development manager at Parkside, says, “This was a fascinating project for us to be involved in. Homethings put a real focus on responsible design and their values mirror our own, aligning perfectly with our Park2Nature range. This synergy enabled us to create an amazing product for them and a fantastic advantage for the consumer.” Parkside says its Innovation Team has dedicated more than eight years of research and development into compostable laminates. This has led to the creation of more than 20 accredited home and industrial compostable structures, which make up its wide range of sustainable solutions.

  • Ardagh Group delivers returnable bottle for sustainable brand fritz-kola

    Ardagh Group has worked closely with fritz-kola to produce a new long-neck 200ml flint bottle for their rebellious cola brand, created for the hospitality industry.
    Founded by two friends in Hamburg in 2003, fritz-kola was created to deliver a range of premium quality, great-tasting drinks in the most sustainable and responsible way. 100% recyclable, returnable and reusable glass packaging was the obvious choice to maintain the product’s quality and taste and is key to their sustainability strategy. 

  • The market situation for aluminum tubes and aerosol cans will worsen in the third quarter of 2020

    Reliable forecasts are essential for sufficient planning security

    Düsseldorf, September 23, 2020 - After an overall satisfactory market development in the first half of 2020, the deliveries of aluminum tubes and, in particular, aluminum aerosol cans to the German market are now significantly declining.

  • Sidel celebrates 40 years of blowing and packaging expertise for PET containers

    It was 40 years ago when Sidel launched its first commercial blower to produce PET bottles for the beverage industry. The company has been supplying and pioneering innovative PET packaging solutions for beverage as well as the Food, Home and Personal Care (FHPC) markets to meet the growing and fast-changing consumer demands since then.

  • Sept 29: Hoffmann Neopac to Host Webinar on Premium Tins & Tube Packaging Options for North American Cannabis Sector

    Presentation will provide an update on marijuana business trends & legalization in the US, and explore safe yet aesthetically 
    pleasing packaging possibilities for manufacturers.
     

  • Guala Closures builds on its sustainability commitment with new design guidelines

    Luxembourg, 18 September 2020 – As part of its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) commitment and strategy Guala Closures Group has developed eco-design guidelines for its five R&D centres (Italy, Mexico, UK, Ukraine and Luxembourg). These facilitate the development of sustainable closures by following four defined models for design, which are detailed in the full guidelines.
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