• Biodegradable Food Wrap Created From Algae and Cinnamon Compound is the Packaging Solution We Needed


    Scientists from India and Russia have created edible food wrap for packaging produce, bakery, poultry, meat, and seafood.

    Designed to replace one of the most un-recycled materials on the planet, the wrap consists of natural ingredients that are safe for the environment and humans.

    The research, which was published in the Journal of Food Engineering, describes three types of food films based on the well-known naturally occurring seaweed biopolymer sodium alginate—a compound found within the cell walls of brown algae.

    “Its molecules have film-forming properties,” said Rammohan Aluru, senior researcher at the organic synthesis laboratory at Ural Federal University, and co-author of the paper. “The greatest advantage of sodium alginate is that it performs as liquid-gel in an aqueous medium.”

    Alginate molecules were cross-linked with a natural antioxidant ferulic acid (a derivative of cinnamic acid), and the delicious combination makes the film not only strong, but also homogeneous, more rigid, prolonging the life of the products, say the scientists.

    “Food stays fresh longer due to the antioxidant components that slow down the oxidation processes,” said Grigory Zyryanov, professor of the Department of Organic and Biomolecular Chemistry at Ural Federal University. “

    And, the films are water-soluble and dissolve by almost 90% in 24 hours.

    In addition, we can add to the films natural antiviral agents, which will also extend the shelf life of food. Garlic, turmeric, and ginger contain compounds that may prevent the spread of the viruses.”

    According to the authors, no special equipment for the production of films is required. On an industrial scale, it can be created by food products and film manufacturers.

    “It can also be produced at a polymer production plant. The only condition is that it must meet the standards that apply to food production. And if an inexhaustible source of algae in the ocean is nearby it will be quite simple to create such films,” said Grigory Zyryanov.

    Joined by scientists from the Sri Venkateswara and Sri Padmavati Mahila Viswavidyalayam Universities in India, the research was supported by that country’s University Grants Commission and the Central Institute of Plastics Engineering and Technology, also in India.

    Sodium alginate is a well-known edible biopolymer of natural origin used as a thickener and stabilizer, and ferulic acid (the derivative of cinnamic acid) has a wide range of pharmacological properties, in particular, anti-inflammatory, antitumor, antitoxic, hepato- and cardioprotective, antiviral, and antibacterial ones, which is mainly due to the antioxidant properties of this acid.

  • The Naked Leaf Living Basil Sleeve


    The Naked Leaf Living Basil Sleeve joins Simple Snack, Cutecumber Poppers and Paper Top Seal to become the fourth package in three years to be recognized by the industry for sustainability. The latest innovation reduces plastic by 50 percent by converting half of the package to paper.

    “There’s a worldwide effort to be more environmentally friendly and we knew this package checked all of the boxes,” said Fernanda Albuquerque, packaging development manager. The sleeve can be taken apart to place plastic in the plastic stream and paper in the paper stream for recycling. Additionally, the exterior pot is reusable or recyclable, and the interior growing pot is 100 percent compostable. “We’re very grateful to be recognized once again by the CPMA for our commitment to become a more sustainable company and industry,” says Albuquerque.

    In addition to the package, Naked Leaf Living Basil is a product that will hit home with shoppers. “Not only is the package sustainable, but the product is unique as it’s living basil that comes with the root intact which allows you to water it as you would a plant, and pick leaves as you go,” said Emily Murracas, director of marketing. “Our talented design team did a great job of bringing the aesthetic to the sleeve which certainly stands out on store shelves and the virtual format helped us expand our creativity to offer attendees with more information through digital video content.”

    The Packaging Innovation Award was one of five New Produce Showcase Award categories that also included Best New Product, New Technology, Snackable Product and Organic Product. In all, 56 products from 42 companies were featured and winners were chosen by a panel of judges from across the industry.

    Mucci Farms additionally introduced its new Cultivo Mushroom Collection and a new redesign of its Cherto Gourmet Cherry tomatoes which is now offered in a loose snacking format. The 2020 Packaging Innovation Award winning Paper Top Seal has also expanded its offering to a one-pint size for multiple Mucci Farms snacking tomatoes.

  • Michelman joins IMFA to promote fibre-based packaging


    Rick Michelman, chief technology officer & EVP, Americas, and printing and packaging, said, “We want to help transition the industry into more sustainable packaging. Our barrier coatings help improve fibre-based packaging’s functionality and performance while managing its end-of-life.”

    The company has been opening new markets for paper and film packaging ever since creating its first repulpable water-based coating over 50 years ago. Their current barrier and functional coatings for paper and film make it possible to develop recyclable, repulpable, and industrially compostable packaging.

    Michelman added, “Because IMFA’s members include manufacturers of moulded fibre products, industry suppliers and service providers, Michelman has surrounded itself with like-minded organisations that will help accelerate the pace of product innovations for moulded fibre applications.” 

    Like moulded fibre, Michelman’s water-based coatings offer opportunities to increase sustainable practices, reduce waste, and deliver product performance using fewer raw materials, with repulpable, recyclable, compostable, and renewably-sourced options.

  • First fully biodegradable and plant-based potato packaging format launched in Spain


    It's the first time that a potato distribution brand in Spain is using this innovative and fully sustainable packaging format. It is made from paper and bamboo mesh and features water-based inks and vegetable-based glues, which make it fully recyclable.

    Under the name "Planet Lovers", Freshnatur's new product is being packaged at Patatas Lázaro's plant in the Valencian town of Puzol and is available to consumers in a 2.5 kilo format. This new packaging format has the Freshtech 4.0 technology seal, thanks to which the product's traceability is guaranteed at all times. It also includes instructions for storage.

    The launch is part of a broader concept that Patatas Lázaro has embarked on and which the company calls "Terrología," an amalgamation of "tierra" (Spanish for soil) and "tecnología" (technology), and a reflection of the company's tradition of the past 75 years.

    "With the launch of this 0% plastic and 100% biodegradable packaging format, we are becoming pioneers in our industry. It is something that today's environmentally-conscious consumers are increasingly demanding and we are totally on the same page," said Cristina Lázaro, Director of Business Development and Marketing.

    "As a company, Patatas Lázaro stands fully behind the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals. The new eco-friendly 'Planet Lovers' packaging is having a direct impact on SDG 12 (Sustainable Consumption and Production), SDG 13 (Climate Action), SDG 14 (Life Below Water) and SDG 15 (Life on Land)," she says.

  • Aimplas project converts fish waste into food packaging


    The goal of the European Dafia project is to provide the food packaging and automotive industries with sustainable options through the development of biopolymers, flame-retardant additives and barrier packaging.

    Results have included flame retardants that provide an alternative to halogenated models, sustainable barrier packaging and edible coatings that extend the shelf-life of food, and chemical substances that can be used to produce new plastics from renewable resources.

    For the past four years, the project’s 15 members have worked to upcycle waste that appears to have no added value, including municipal solid waste (household rubbish) and ‘rest’ raw materials from the fishing industry.

    Waste from the fishing industry was used to obtain alternatives to fossil-based EVOH that have oxygen barrier properties. The fish-gelatine-based formula can be incorporated into food packaging film or used to actually coat food in the form of an edible coating that extends its shelf-life.

    Aimplas said this serves as a perfect example of circularity, in that fish waste is reincorporated into the production chain to package food, so preventing the generation of waste by using it as a new resource.

    In the case of municipal solid waste, the use of innovative fermentation processes has made it possible to extract building blocks from sugars (carbon source) that can be used to synthesise biopolymers such as bio-based polyamides. These materials come from renewable sources and also have applications in the automotive industry.

    The Dafia project is in line with circular economy criteria because it involves obtaining new resources from marine and municipal waste that respect the environment and human health, Aimplas said.

    It is funded by the EU Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement number 720770.

  • Compostable Insulating packaging

    Landpack has introduced sustainable packaging options for  which Landpack founder wins VICTRESS Sustainability Award 2019. They have insulated packaging made up of Hemp and straw. 



    DuoSmart® is a modern packaging solution that combines the advantages of paper with the functionality of plastic. It contains up to 50 % less plastic compared to standard injection molded packaging, and with a “zip”, the inner cup and paper banderole can be easily separated into different waste streams. The brand addresses concerns about the environment with a sustainable biopolymer option, and offers PP, PET and barrier PP or more demanding shelf-life requirements. The packaging is the perfect choice to protect the nutritional value, color, aroma, and taste of food products, including those stored in ambient, chilled, or frozen conditions. Hot filling and microwaving are also options. Available in a wide range of sizes, DuoSmart® runs on standard food industry filling lines, with fast and smooth performance.

    Already available are varied shapes and sizes of cups in standard and light versions to store different products for dairy, convenience food, dry food, food service and pet food. The DuoSmart® standard version design provides an efficient location for the product’s bar code, it being at the bottom. Therefore, ensuring easy scanning, advantageous position, and above all, does not disturb the outer artwork. Together with the various intriguing design layout opportunities, DuoSmart® offers customizable see-through windows giving the consumer a view of what they will be purchasing. PACCOR’s designs come in many shapes and sizes, as well as allowing the customers to determine how they want to showcase their products.

    Three innovative variants now expand PACCOR’s DuoSmart® portfolio.

    RecycleDuo is in progress to be implemented first on all PP DuoSmart® Light references. This development without using glue allows customers to separate the plastic inlet and the cardboard segment more easily without any paper remains on the plastic cup and therefore improves recyclability.

    DuoSmart® with rPET inlet responds to the market request of recycled content increase which today is mainly possible with rPET reincorporation up to 100%.

    DuoSmart® with foamed PP inlet makes up to 16% less CO2 emissions possible and 15% less plastic needed compared to the production of traditional DuoSmart® cups.

    The new generation of DuoSmart® solutions allow having the Digimarc barcode printed on the paper outer layer and engraved on the plastic cup. It can be scanned with any smartphone camera and will provide the consumers as well as the disposable companies with information about the respective packaging. Therefore, the combination of DuoSmart® and the Digimarc Barcode will provide everyone with relevant packaging information anywhere and anytime.

    “These new products are supporting PACCOR’s CARE strategy by providing leading circular offers to our customers,” adds Nicolas Lorenz, CCO of PACCOR. “We are constantly striving to not only achieve our ambitious sustainability goals, but also focus on helping our customers to reach their environmental targets as well. We want to act together responsibly as an entire industry,” concludes Nicolas Lorenz.

  • Heinz UK Launches Recyclable Paperboard Multipack from WestRock


    WestRock (NYSE: WRK), a leading provider of differentiated paper and packaging solutions, has announced it is partnering with Heinz UK to implement WestRock’s Cluster-Wing™ paperboard multipack design to continue to remove single-use plastic packaging from supermarket shelves. Heinz is first to market with WestRock’s new, patent-pending packaging innovation which offers a sustainable, robust and convenient alternative to single-use plastic shrink wrap packaging.

    The move advances Heinz’s sustainability initiatives. According to Heinz, it will eliminate 550 tons of plastic packaging from its supply chain. The innovative, glue-free design uses 50 percent less paperboard material than a fully enclosed box and 10 percent less material than a traditional sleeve design. Made with WestRock’s PEFC-certified CarrierKote® paperboard, the new sleeve comes from sustainably managed forests and is recyclable.

  • Amorepacific introduces fully recyclable packaging with Dow's INNATE(TM) TF resins for the first time in three leading brands


    Dow (NYSE: DOW) announced today that INNATE™ TF Polyethylene Resins for Tenter Frame Biaxial Orientation has been chosen by Amorepacific, a global beauty company from South Korea, in its new recyclable packaging. The commercialization of tenter frame biaxially oriented polyethylene (TF-BOPE) films is a breakthrough moment in the future of sustainable packaging, providing high performance, excellent shelf appeal, reduced plastic weight and recyclability, enabling leading brand owners like Amorepacific to adopt fully recyclable packaging. This is in line with Dow's new sustainability target of having all of its products sold into packaging applications to be reusable or recyclable by 2035.

    In a tripartite collaboration between Dow, Amorepacific and Flair Flexible Packaging, luxury cosmetic brand Sulwhasoo, clean beauty brand primera, as well as derma cosmetic brand illiyoon, will now use all-polyethylene (PE) recyclable stand up pouch for its liquid products. Dow's INNATE™ TF resins were selected due to its valuable benefits that include excellent toughness, outstanding appearance, superior pin-hole resistance, manufacturing efficiency and complete recyclability in existing recycle streams; while Flair Flexible Packaging was responsible for designing and creating the stand-up pouch.

    "We are proud to partner with Amorepacific, a leading brand owner in the cosmetics industry, to redefine the possibilities for packaging. Collaboration is key in advancing a circular plastics economy, thus it is important for players across the value chain to act on eliminating plastic waste and optimize our sustainability efforts together," said Bambang Candra, Asia Pacific commercial vice president of Dow Packaging and Specialty Plastics. "Our role as one of the leading materials science solutions providers is to support local regulators and brand owners in delivering their sustainability commitments. South Korea has several policies to promote a zero-waste society, such as the Resource Circulation Performance Management Program which encourages manufacturers to improve products recyclability, and these all-PE packaging can address the country's need for plastic packaging to be fully recyclable and drive a positive change in the circular economy."

    "Brand owners like us have a vital role to play in offering recyclable packages and we need to be cognizant and present when it comes to deciding the materials for our packaging. We are stepping up in meeting the needs of our consumers who are increasingly eco-conscious with innovative and sustainable packaging materials," said Yu Minho, Packaging manager at Amorepacific. "Our target of reducing 700 tons of plastic consumption by 2022 is made possible through strategic partnerships, such as embracing Dow's best-in-class solutions. We chose to introduce INNATE™ TF-BOPE resins in our brands – Sulwhasoo, primera, and illiyoon because of its unique, fully-recyclable feature that also demonstrated strong properties and great appearance."

    "We work closely with our customers to not only provide them with packaging solutions, but to help develop and communicate their product's identity. This partnership with Dow and Amorepacific reiterates the brands' commitment to sustainability, and we are proud that Flair's engineering and development capabilities support their vision of a waste-free environment in South Korea," commented Hanil Lee, senior vice president of Technology at Flair Flexible Packaging Corp. "The stand-up pouches are designed to be functional, appealing and entirely recyclable. With Dow's INNATE™ TF resins, we were able to develop a packaging solution that support a circular economy where recyclers receive useful materials and consumers are empowered to recycle more."

    Dow recently announced the innovative and revolutionary INNATE™ TF-BOPE and its applications with a variety of value chain members. The resins offer distinctive physical properties which enable material substitution, film layer elimination and/or downgauging to reduce overall packaging materials. It is the prominent choice for brand owners as it can help deliver lighter, stronger and more durable packaging films for numerous applications. INNATE™ TF boasts a variety of benefits that include higher mechanical properties, material rigidity, better optical and printing performance, hence addressing the many needs of the packaging value chain.

    INNATE™ TF has been recognized as a 'design for recyclability' solution, enabling more plastic packaging to be recycled and not end up in the environment or lost to landfills. With most companies focusing their sustainability initiative on increasing the recyclability of their packaging, Dow's TF-BOPE film allows brands to design for recyclability right from the start, choosing materials that work together to create packaging that satisfies needs throughout its lifecycle.

    INNATE™ TF-BOPE resins provide converters, brand owners and retailers with an innovative packaging solution that can achieve desired properties while being completely recyclable. This is possible because of the resins' unique molecular architecture that demonstrates outstanding physical properties as compared to traditional polyethylene products. 

  • Visakhapatnam centre of CIFT develops edible seaweed film that can replace plastic in food packaging


    While the technology to use edible biopolymers and biodegradable films and sachets from macroalgae or seaweed in the food industry isn’t new — it was famously used for the first time in the 2019 London Marathon, when runners going past Mile 23 were handed out edible sachets containing a Lucozade energy drink which they could either swallow or discard — this is arguably the first time this revolutionary technology has been developed in India. The environmental advantages of using edible sachets can be gauged from the fact that while these sachets biodegrade in four to six weeks, a plastic water bottle takes approximately 450 years to biodegrade completely.

    It has been shown that seaweed can be converted into edible and biodegradable edible film for food applications. Globally, polysaccharides extracted from seaweed such as agar, carrageenan and alginate, have been used to develop edible film and have excellent film-forming properties. However, the possibility to develop an edible film directly from seaweed has not yet been explored in India. Seaweed, also known as macro algae, are heterogeneous plants that live in either marine or brackish water environments and grow at a depth of up to 180 metre on rocky solid substrates.

    Debbarma, who has been researching on seaweed for over three years at CIFT, believes that “seaweed-based film can replace the aluminum foil/plastic packaging that is now used”. “Seaweed-driven technologies help in seaweed utilisation and opens up opportunities for algae or seaweed-based entrepreneurship,” she said. Debbarma and her colleagues at CIFT used dried, powdered seaweed and added sodium alginate or polysaccharide extracted from seaweed along with minute quantities of natural plasticiser to prepare the edible seaweed film. Red seaweed and local green seaweed were used.

    A constituent of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), the CIFT in recent years has also developed alternatives such as fortification in fish seaweed sausages, seaweed cookies and seaweed-based health drinks. Seaweed are rich in minerals, most prominently calcium, copper, iodine, and iron. They are also rich in protein, fibre and vitamins, especially vitamin K and folic acid.

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