The internet is a gift that keeps on giving. Every day there are multiple bizarre occurrences around the world to keep us entertained. From the worst food combinations that test our patience to creative twists on just about anything under the sun, people are always on their toes to make something unique. Most always, it goes viral, too. Now, a fashion designer in South Africa has grabbed the attention of Twitterati for her creative take on sustainable clothing. A self-confessed fan of the popular fast food giant Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC), the youngster who goes by the name NokuzothaNtuli on Twitter, came up with a dress made from recycled KFC packaging. “Decided to make this dress for KFC from recycled KFC packages to show how much of KFC super fans we are,” she wrote on the post. KFC is conducting a contest to celebrate 50 years of the brand with a reward of a year’s supply of KFC if you can prove to be a ‘Super Fan.’ It appears that the recycled skirt was the designer’s entry for the contest.
The post has since gone viral garnering 12.5k likes and several thousand comments. The designer poses in the KFC skirt, which features the food chain founder Colonel Sanders logo, and holds the iconic bucket. Netizens were in awe of the creativity with even KFC South Africa left stumped. The official handle of KFC South Africa replied, “All this fresh drip, we were never ready." Drip refers to a chic, fashionable style in urban slang.
The rise of sustainability is leading people to more eco-conscious choices in a bid to do their bit in saving the planet.
- Expansion and modernisation of evaporation plant at Frantschach mill in Austria makes pulp production more sustainable
- New equipment increases the amount of heat extracted and reduces the chemical oxygen demand of the biological waste water treatment
- Consistent optimisation contributes to bioeconomy by increasing the share of by-products from the pulp production process
Mondi, a leading global packaging and paper company, is investing €20 million to further improve the sustainability of its pulp production at the Frantschach mill in Austria.
- Mondi commissioned an independent life cycle assessment (LCA) comparing its Advantage StretchWrap paper to conventional plastic stretch film.
- The ISO-based approach shows that the new paper pallet packaging performs better in several environmental impact categories including climate change, with 62% lower greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions when compared to virgin plastic stretch film.
- Mondi sees LCAs as a useful tool to analyse advantages of different material solutions and guide decision-making.
• Event on November 9-11 offers chance for industry stakeholders to view Airnov’s range of sustainable healthcare packaging solutions.
• Airnov awarded EcoVadis certification after making series of sustainable operational and product improvements.
• Certification underlines Airnov’s commitment to make life better for healthcare patients while minimizing its impact on the environment.
– Airnov, a global leader in innovating packaging solutions for the healthcare market, will be showcasing its range of solutions at the CPhI Worldwide expo in Milan.
This saving on plastic use is a win for the environment and Nestlé Professional’s customers as the company moves towards its goal of reducing virgin plastics by one third by 2025.
“This clever packaging redesign of the popular MAGGI Professional range of 7-8kg gravies and boosters demonstrates how relatively small changes can make a big difference,” Nestlé Professional Oceania general manager Scott Stuckmann said.
“This project is the most significant packaging change Nestlé Professional has made to date in our sustainability journey in Oceania. By redesigning our yellow plastic pails and lids, we will remove the equivalent of 64,000 packages from the marketplace per year.”
The team at Nestlé Professional worked closely with their packaging supplier to achieve the 30 tonne reduction in virgin plastic while ensuring the same capacity, appearance, product shelf life and ease of opening and closing for customers.
The tub and lid were significantly reduced in weight and the lid was re-engineered to remove the silicone seal inside the lid base. The lid opening mechanism was also converted to a “push in – stay on” opening tab, which is fully integrated into the lid, replacing the “tear off” strip.
As a result, the package design is significantly lighter while maintaining the same shelf life, strength and reliable leak-proof seal.
The project team had to overcome some key challenges to achieve the final design, such as ensuring adequate strength remained in the new tub to withstand the rigours of the supply chain and use in a kitchen and ensuring the lid remained easy for customers to open and close.
Even though it was a relatively small design change, the new lid also required modifications to the factory production line’s automatic “lidder” machinery. This required a collaborative effort between Nestlé Professional’s equipment and packaging suppliers and the factory’s technical and engineering teams.
Ongoing packaging improvement
This latest redesign for the MAGGI Professional 7-8kg packs is part of a focus on continual improvement across the company’s product range.
In 2020, Nestlé Professional achieved a 15 tonne annual reduction in virgin plastic use by redesigning the MAGGI Professional and Nestlé DOCELLO 2kg plastic packaging.
“These progressive redesigns for our MAGGI Professional and Nestlé DOCELLO packages are an important step in our ambition to reduce overall use of virgin plastics. We’re pleased this current project has now also come to fruition after much hard work and collaboration from the team,” Stuckmann said.
There are many other projects in progress to help make 100 per cent of Nestle’s product packaging recyclable or reusable by 2025, which are part of a global plan to reduce packaging waste.
“Within Nestlé Professional’s beverages range, we’ve made great progress with nearly 60 per cent of our range in 100 per cent recyclable material such as glass or tin,” Stuckmann said.
“The latest project underway involves our range of Beverage Bar PET jar refills. In 2022 we will replace the cardboard wad inside the lids to ensure they are fully recyclable, just like the jar. We will also change darker pigments in our lids to ensure the material can be sorted into the correct recycling stream. This will result in another 1.47 tonnes of material being recyclable every year.”
Foodservice business support
To support the company’s customers on their sustainability journey, Nestlé Professional has a range of resources available including a composting guide, food waste reduction tips and education materials such as the digital magazine PlanetPro, which covers a range of environmental topics closely tied to the foodservice industry to help reduce environmental impact.
“We know how important sustainability is to our customers and, in turn, to their customers. Sharing our applied knowledge on sustainability is just one way we can help make sustainability more possible,” Stuckmann said.
“Showing our customers how they can make a difference by reducing food waste, decreasing running costs and maximising resources is just as important as our own actions to ensure the future of our industry and make a difference to the planet.”
In conjunction with America Recycles Day, Amcor Rigid Packaging (ARP) is announcing a technological advancement that makes it possible for billions* of small bottles to be recycled. ARP, known for its designed-to-be-recycled packaging, is always looking for ways to increase the amount of material that makes it to – and through – the recycling process.
ARP is first applying the technology to 50 mL spirits bottles. These bottles, while made of recyclable polyethylene terephthalate (PET), are often lost in the recycling process due to their small size. Most people recognize these as the little liquor bottles often served on airplanes. Despite its material being infinitely recyclable**, the size of these bottles presents challenges at most U.S. material recycling facilities. The bottles tend to slip out of the sorting process where broken glass is filtered out for disposal.
“We know that many small bottles are falling through screens in our MRFs designed to separate glass, so this is a major development – it allows these bottles to pass this step in the process and have the opportunity to be captured by the appropriate equipment downstream. At a time when the recycling industry is constrained by material supply every additional pound diverted from waste makes a big difference,” said Curt Cozart of the Association of Plastic Recyclers.
With its pledge to develop all its packaging to be recyclable, compostable or reusable by 2025, Amcor is always innovating to increase the recyclability of its products. Seeing an opportunity for improvement, ARP’s team of engineers examined the issue and began designing a container that collapses in a controlled way to maximize its width. With a collapsed width greater than 5 cm, this design would no longer slip through the cracks at most U.S. recycling facilities.
“This discovery was made by the Amcor team when testing revealed that the bottles collapse in different ways,” said Terry Patcheak, VP of Research & Development and Advanced Engineering at ARP. “Our simulations demonstrated that when these tiny spirits bottles are designed to collapse in a specific way, fewer bottles actually fall through the cracks. The potential here is higher recyclability rates and more recycled content for multiple segments and materials.”
Amcor’s bottle design includes intentional failure points and is based on the Association of Plastic Recyclers specific guidelines. Finite Element Analysis testing is being undertaken to better understand the dynamics of these small bottles during the recycling process. Additionally, ARP will partner with recycling facilities to capture real-world data about the recyclability of its new bottle.
“We look forward to seeing the data and continuing to use this kind of creative approach to look at all of our packaging. In partnering with the APR, we are looking at size, color and material to increase the amount of recycled material that can be turned into more bottles. We look forward to partnering with our customers as we use a new lens to look at ways to meet our shared sustainability goals,” Patcheak said.
* Based on industry data
** With existing technologies like chemical recycling
In fact, the Wales-based company uses AMP’s sophisticated matte finish for every can across its entire product line, from its sparkling and still Radnor Hills brand flagbearers to its infused waters and its Heartsease Farm-branded mixers. Their pure still and sparkling spring waters are packaged respectively in stunning contemporary matte navy-blue and matte silver 33cl cans and earned a shortlisting for ‘Best in Can’ at the 2020 Global Water Drinks Awards.
The matte finish not only brings a unique appeal visually, it also offers haptic enhancement through the special hint of texture that matte provides. The two new Infusions flavours, the latest to the family of matte cans, reinforce Radnor’s commitment to this unique aesthetic.
We asked Radnor why they’re so happy with matte. "It simply looks and feels fantastic," said Camilla Cadwallader, Product & Innovation Account Manager at Radnor Hills. "Our spring water products are outstanding, so they deserve to stand out, and we pay a lot of attention to the pack design. The matte finish is that final detail that makes our cans look extra attractive on the shelf and then feel great in the hand."
Dirk Schwung, Sales Director at Ardagh Metal Packaging - Europe, said, "Our matte finish is really special – we’re delighted that Radnor has picked it again for its new Infusions, and is actually making it a character note across its brands."
The matte finish is available for aluminium and steel cans in all sizes, with Ardagh’s local CTS teams available to support filling line trials.
Leading glass packaging company, Croxsons, has made changes to its leadership structure as part of their succession plans. Tim Croxson, currently the company’s COO, has taken up the position of CEO with immediate effect, in place of his father, James Croxson, who steps aside to concentrate more on developing Croxsons’ international concerns. The change of ownership, due to be formalized later in the year, comes after a period of extraordinary growth for the family firm, who celebrate their remarkable 150th anniversary next year.
Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried has begun pursuing a new rule-making process to mandate a phase-out of plastic foam packaging by thousands of businesses regulated by the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.
Fried, a Democratic candidate for Governor, on Monday joined business and environmental leaders after the departments held a rule-making workshop in Orlando on a proposal to force stepped reductions in polystyrene plastic packaging used at grocery stores, food markets, gas station convenience stores and other businesses regulated by her department.
The rule, should it be adopted — not if, but “when; we are doing this,” Fried insisted Monday — would target the foam packaging that has been at the forefront of environmental and public health concerns for decades, as it is not biodegradable and is made up of chemicals that are poisonous to humans and to animals.
“Everyone at some point has their food or drink from a Styrofoam (a brand name often used colloquially to refer to polystyrene) cup, bowl, plate or to-go boxes like this,” Fried said, holding up a clamshell-style to-go box made of polystyrene. “They might be convenient. But there is a hidden danger to public health from these disposable consumer products.
“Studies have shown that chemicals in polystyrene foam may be linked to cancer, vision and hearing lost, birth defects, respiratory irritation, and damage to the liver, kidneys, among other public health impacts,” she said.
Fried is proposing a rule that would require businesses regulated by her department — and she said there are 40,000 — to submit reports on how much foam packaging is used each year. She said that would give the department baseline data. The proposal then would mandate the businesses reduce that amount incrementally each year by switching to biodegradable, safer alternative packaging materials like bamboo and hemp.
Details would evolve through the public workshop and hearing process, she said.
Her department has only so much reach. Many more stores, restaurants and other businesses in Florida are regulated by the Department of Business and Professional Regulation. That department is controlled by the Governor.
“This is a monumental change for consumers, public health, and the environment,” she said. “But it is not one that we are doing alone. Six states have begun fully phasing out polystyrene, joined by local governments in ten other states.”
That includes local ordinances and programs in Gainesville and Orlando, though Gainesville City Commissioner David Arreola said his city’s law got preempted by the Legislature and Gov. Ron DeSantis. Orlando’s program bans polystyrene in city-owned venues, including Camping World Stadium.
Fried also said she will be promoting Florida agriculture to produce the crops to provide resources to Florida businesses to market natural packaging materials.
“As Floridians, we have an obligation and a responsibility to take on sustainable business opportunities to remove single-use plastics such as polystyrene from our grocery stores and convenience stores and to replace them with ecologically friendly substitutions through this rule,” said Nicole DeVenoge, Florida policy manager of the Surfrider Foundation.