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  • Diageo announces creation of world's first ever 100% plastic free paper-based spirits bottle

    Diageo, makers of Johnnie Walker, Smirnoff and Guinness, has today announced that it has created the world’s first ever 100% plastic free paper-based spirits bottle, made entirely from sustainably sourced wood. The bottle will debut with Johnnie Walker, the world’s number one Scotch Whisky, in early 2021. It comes as Diageo announces that it has launched a new partnership with Pilot Lite, a venture management company, to launch Pulpex Limited, a new world-leading sustainable packaging technology company. To ensure that the technology can be used in every area of life, Pulpex Limited has established a partner consortium of world leading FMCG companies in non-competing categories including Unilever, and PepsiCo, with further partners expected to be announced later in the year. The consortium partners are each expecting to launch their own branded paper bottles, based on Pulpex Limited’s design and technology, in 2021. Pulpex Limited has developed a ‘first-of-its-kind’ scalable paper-based bottle designed and developed to be 100% plastic free and expected to be fully recyclable. The bottle is made from sustainably sourced pulp to meet food-safe standards and will be fully recyclable in standard waste streams. The technology will allow brands to rethink their packaging designs, or move existing designs into paper, whilst not compromising on the existing quality of the product. Ewan Andrew, Chief Sustainability Officer, Diageo PLC, said: “We’re proud to have created this world first. We are constantly striving to push the boundaries within sustainable packaging and this bottle has the potential to be truly ground-breaking. It feels fitting that we should launch it with Johnnie Walker, a brand that has often led the way in innovation throughout its 200 years existence.” Pulpex Limited’s technology allows it to produce a variety of plastic-free, single mould bottles that can be used across a range of consumer goods. The packaging has been designed to contain a variety of liquid products and will form part of Diageo’s commitment towards Goal 12 of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals: ‘Responsible Consumption and Production’. Richard Slater, Chief R&D Officer, Unilever, said: “We believe in tackling plastic waste through innovation and collaboration. We are going to halve our use of virgin plastic at Unilever, reducing our use of plastic packaging by more than 100,000 tonnes in the next five years. Joining forces to develop and test paper bottles is an incredibly exciting step forward, and we’re delighted to be working together to tackle one of the biggest environmental challenges of our time.” Simon Lowden, Chief Sustainability Officer, PepsiCo, said: “Innovative solutions and partnerships are critical to driving meaningful progress toward a circular economy. The Pulpex consortium is well positioned to deliver sustainable packaging at scale and across industries, having impact beyond what any organization could achieve alone. We’re proud to be a part of it.” Sandy Westwater, Director, Pilot Lite said, “We’re thrilled to be working with global brand leaders in this consortium. By working together, we can use the collective power of the brands to help minimise the environmental footprint of packaging by changing manufacturing and consumer behaviours.”

  • DS Smith and Aquapak Target Hard to Recycle Plastic Packaging Reduction with Biodegradable Alternative

    By working together, the two organisations can provide sustainable fibre based packaging solutions that will replace hard to recycle packaging made from combined materials such as cardboard and plastic.

    After a period of pilot trials with the combined materials, focusing on both performance and recyclability, the partnership will now begin developing practical applications. This includes a range of fibre-based packaging where traditional plastic films can be replaced with Aquapak’s HydropolTM, a biodegradable and water-soluble polymer that will help to improve the recycling process.

    DS Smith’s exclusive partnership with Aquapak will support the company’s long-term sustainability targets which include manufacturing 100 per cent reusable or recyclable packaging by 2025. With a focus on tackling hard to recycle items, the adoption of this biodegradable technology will allow for less contamination in the recycling and paper-making process.

  • Ardagh Group’s Recycled Glass Briquettes win Sustainability Award

    Luxembourg (Oct. 20, 2020) – Ardagh has won a Sustainability Award in the inaugural ‘Pre-Commercialised Innovation’ category for its method of producing remeltable briquettes from the fine particle glass rejected during the recycling process, allowing 100% of recycled glass to be remelted into new glass bottles and jars.

  • Neopac Wins Sustainability Award from Hungarian Association of Packaging & Materials Handling

    Tube solution for beauty products company Manna lauded for innovative circularity that doesn’t sacrifice functionality or aesthetics.

    Oberdiessbach, Switzerland – Hoffmann Neopac, a global provider of high-quality packaging for a broad array of industries and applications, has been recognized by the Hungarian Association of Packaging & Materials Handling for a novel sustainable tube solution. The tube was developed by Neopac for a plant-based facial scrub from Hungarian beauty company Manna, which emphasizes eco-consciousness in a variety of its products. 

  • 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.

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