• Ranpak invests in German packaging innovator for grass-based packs

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    Ranpak has clients throughout continental Europe, with its European headquarters in the Netherlands.

    Creapaper uses a patented process to produce graspap, a raw material required for producing grasspaper, which helps reduce CO2 emissions and water consumption across the global paper and packaging industry.

    It provides packaging for hygienic papers, food & carrying bags and single-use plastic replacements with retail clients in Germany, Switzerland, Austria, the Netherlands and Italy.

    “Ranpak’s strategic investment in Creapaper reflects our continued commitment to sustainability and the use of natural substrates to reduce plastic waste and carbon emissions,” said Omar Asali, chairman and chief executive officer of Ranpak. “Creapaper’s innovative grasspaper products are primed for expansion across global markets and complements Ranpak’s core paper products and sustainable packaging solutions. Working with Creapaper will advance our mission to replace plastic packaging with sustainable alternatives by expanding Ranpak’s eco-friendly solution set and paper SKUs for our growing customer base.”

  • Myntra steps up its sustainability game, eliminates single-use plastic packaging

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    In an attempt to reduce plastic waste, Myntra, India’s leading fashion and lifestyle e-commerce brand, has implemented plastic-free packaging for its ongoing edition of Big Fashion Festival that is being held from October 3-10.

    In addition to its own supply chain, Myntra’s seller partners have also adopted the green packaging defined by the platform. This milestone is a significant outcome of the efforts initiated by Myntra towards aligning its seller partners, and helping them with a transition path to gradually adopt sustainable packaging alternatives.

    Myntra has introduced sustainable alternatives for packaging and delivery. These include replacing poly pouches with recycled paper bags, bubble wraps with carton waste shredded material, plastic adhesive tapes with paper tapes, polybags used for attaching customer invoices with a recycled Kraft paper pouch and RFID-tagged multi-use polyester bags.

    According to the brand, this move has led to the diversion of 670 tonnes of plastic, as of September 2021. It has been achieved as a result of the commitment of multiple in-house teams and their methodical approach, involving several months of suitable material and process exploration, and collaboration with several ecosystem stakeholders.

    In doing so, Myntra has tried to ensure that these solutions are affordable and scalable for its seller partners. The project was undertaken with numerous educational webinars and training sessions conducted to help vendor partners implement the new paper packaging system across the country.

    Myntra equipped its seller portals to enable the sellers to place orders directly for the bags, to facilitate faster adoption. To ensure 100 per cent adoption, a unique QR code scanning was implemented for each bag to prevent any inadvertent use of plastic bags, instead of paper bags.

    Myntra has also ensured that all of its fulfillment centres are equipped with the right technology and adequate infrastructure, including machine customisation to carry out the goal of sustainable packaging in its entirety.

    Another key initiative by Myntra, along with its partners, is ‘e-commerce-ready packaging’. It is is a sustainable program aimed at doing away with the need for a secondary layer of packaging in e-commerce shipments permanently, and shipping products directly in primary packaging.

    Speaking on this milestone achievement, Amar Nagaram, CEO, Myntra, said, “We place a strong emphasis on sustainable and responsible business practices. Myntra has been emphatic in its mission of going plastic-free. Packaging offers a visible and tangible indication of our commitment to creating a sustainable ecosystem. Moving towards a 100 per cent elimination of single-use plastic is a major step and a significant milestone in the direction of sustainable practices...”

    Another key initiative by Myntra earlier this year was partnering with Canopy, a not-for-profit environmental organisation, to ensure that the packaging used does not encourage deforestation, by scaling packaging from recycled and alternative materials.

    Myntra has also partnered with the Better Cotton Initiative, a sustainability program that aims to make cotton farming sustainable. Last year, Myntra announced that two of its fulfillment centres are now solar power-enabled.

  • Marchesini Group attends CPhI Worldwide with a Print&Check solution to meet Track&Trace needs

    Milan (Italy) – From 9 to 11 November, one of the most eagerly awaited events in the pharmaceutical sector will be held again at the Milan trade fair: CPhI Worldwide, which, after almost two years, will allow pharmaceutical companies to meet again and directly discuss the challenges they face in the coming years.

  • LES EAUX DE CHANEL – Elegance and simplicity with a sustainable SULAPAC cap on top

    CHANEL has just announced new LES EAUX DE CHANEL fragrance bottle caps made with biobased Sulapac® material.

    Sustainable innovation approach

    It all began with a desire. In 2018, LES EAUX DE CHANEL introduced a new olfactory world to the fragrances of the House: a singular collection, inspired by Mademoiselle Coco Chanel’s favorite places, fueled by the imaginary and composed around freshness.

  • At INTERPHEX NYC, MG America to Premier Precision Wraparound Labeler for Vials, and Robust 10-Lane Capsule Checkweigher

    WL-1-RT Wraparound Vial Labeling Machine ideal for high-speed vaccine production; Anritsu 10-lane 100% Capsule Checkweigher features novel handling mechanism for reliable feed and reject functions.

  • Berry’s Change of Material Solution for Wafer Packaging Brings Multiple Benefits

    A change of format for family-size packs of ice cream wafers from standard printed carton boxes to plastic buckets from Berry Superfos is delivering a number of important benefits for leading Romanian ice cream manufacturer TOPGEL. These include better shelf stand-out, enhanced logistics, and the opportunity for consumers to repurpose the packs.

  • Pioneering proof of concept to help close the loop for digitally printed pouches

    Within a cooperation project the key industry players Dow Packaging and Specialty Plastics (P&SP), a business unit of Dow (NYSE: DOW), HP Indigo, Cadel Deinking and Karlville together with Reifenhäuser, announce the successful delivery of the first-of-its-kind pouch-to-pouch mechanical recycling concept.

  • Pentel goes plastic-free with its packaging

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    Pentel Marketing Manager Wendy Vickery explains, “Moving away from conventional blister cards, with their single-use plastic, is the right thing to do for the environment, but it’s not without its challenges. The obvious benefit of the plastic bubble is that it affords full product visibility to the consumer, which is a real advantage in those precious few seconds at the point of sale.”

    To solve the problem of how to showcase products most effectively, Pentel has created cardboard packs featuring an angled aperture that allows consumers to see how many products are in each pack and to identify the ink colour of products. With strong Pentel branding and prominent key messages about recycled product content and refillable items, the new packs are designed to attract attention and generate swift purchasing decisions. This eco-development won’t affect planograms though, as the new packs are the same size as the previous blister cards.

    Wendy Vickery said, “The launch of our new all-cardboard retail packs is the next step in the journey we embarked on in 2006 when we launched the Pentel Recycology range of products made with a minimum of 50% recycled material. At the time there were few, if any, products in our industry made with recycled materials, but 15 years later the picture is thankfully very different. And we know that over the past few years especially packaging has been scrutinised in an unprecedented way, with buyers and consumers seeking to make more environment-friendly purchasing decisions to avoid the creation of unnecessary waste.”

  • Sustainable packaging by LEGO

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    LEGO® bricks are designed to be reused and handed down through generations, but LEGO boxes and other packaging are often disposed of quickly. Some of our packaging contains single-use disposable plastic, which today, isn’t sustainable or in some cases able to be recycled. That’s why we’re taking urgent action to make all our packaging sustainable by 2025.

    Lego been playing with paper packaging

    LEGO will begin to test paper bags in our boxes which means goodbye single use plastic and hello recycling bin! First, LEGO will trial recyclable paper bags that are made from Forest Stewardship Council certified paper. They will be designed to help children understand the importance of recycling and ensure they have the best possible play experience. Our new bags will be phased in over a four-year period from 2021.

    Today, approximately 75% of cardboard used to make LEGO boxes comes from recycled material. In addition, all the paper and cardboard used in our products and product packaging is recyclable, sustainably sourced and certified by the Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®C117818).

    At the end of 2019, we announced that LEGO will phase out plastic retail bags in our 500 LEGO® Stores globally in 2020. The plastic retail bags will be replaced with paper bags made from 100% certified Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC® C117818) material.

    In 2019, LEGO boxes in the US and Canada featured the How2Recycle® label. This promotes packaging recycling and provides US and Canadian consumers with clear guidance to responsibly recycle or dispose of their LEGO packaging. We are continuing to work on a global approach to reach all LEGO consumers.

    In 2018, LEGO began using recycled plastic in packaging ‘blisters’ – the transparent plastic windows which allow you to have a sneak peek into the boxes – although this was a temporary measure as we will eventually phase out blisters.

    In 2017, we started using recyclable paper-pulp trays in advent calendars, saving up to 1 million plastic trays from going to landfill.

  • Tanzania: New Rules on Plastic Bottles on the Cards

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    Soft drink manufacturers will be required to use a clear polyethylene terephthalate (PET) plastic bottle for packaging, instead of colored bottles whose recyclability is said to be not critical to improving the environment.

    Clear plastics are always preferred in the recycled materials market, and have the highest material value because transparent plastic can typically be dyed with greater flexibility.

    Speaking yesterday, the minister of State in the Vice President Office responsible for Union and Environment, Mr Selemani Jafo, said the regulations are set to be ready before the end of the year and will be painful to soft drink makers who use colored bottle packaging.

    Mr Jafo was speaking during a function where Coca Cola unveiled the new look of its Sprite which is now packaged in the new plastic bottle.

    "Regulations which are in the offing will be really very tough. You (soft drink makers) will need to tolerate us," said Mr Jafo, noting that the government's aim was to phase out unfriendly packaging.

    "The regulations will be gazetted before the end of the year, ready for use.

    Commending Coca Cola for taking the lead in using reusable and recycled materials in its packaging, he urged other investors to follow suit.

    The National Environmental Management Council (NEMC) director general, Dr Samuel Gwamaka, said that the plan on cards is to phase out coloured bottle packaging within 12 months from now on.

    He said NEMC had already written to some investors to inform them about the plan and the need for them to act responsibly when it comes to environmental protection.

    "We need investors' tax. But we are not ready to compromise with environmental protection," noted Dr Gwamaka.

    Pouring his praise on Coca-Cola for being proactive, he said it is very rare to see members of the private sector pursue a certain move, environmental protection in this regard, without directives from regulators.

    Coca-Cola Kwanza managing director Unguu Sulay said the change of the iconic bottle look is the demonstration of Coca-Cola's commitment to environmental protection using eco-friendly innovations.

    "A new shift from iconic green bottles means more Sprite bottles can be collected, recycled and reused to make new ones," noted Mr Sulay.

    The move, he added, is part of the company's 'world without waste' vision which targets to collect and recycle every bottle that the company produces by 2030.

    The world without waste strategy represents Coca-Cola's commitment to do business sustainably, which includes addressing the packaging waste challenge.

    The clear PET can be made into a wide range of new products, such as pillow and duvet inners, as well as into new bottles, making it more valuable than green PET which has limited uses.

    "We are excited to introduce the transparent Sprite bottle in Tanzania, in a fresh bid to support the government's environmental sustainability endeavours," noted Mr Sulay.The clear PET plastic also contributes to economic empowerment as it will have more value for waste recyclers who depend on collecting and selling plastic packaging waste for a living. Tanzania is the fifth market in Africa where Coca-Cola has introduced the Sprite clear PET, after South Africa, Nigeria, Ethiopia and Kenya.

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